Bridal Beauty Part 3: Exercise

Happy Wednesday! We are half way through the week and the weekend is so close I can taste it! Continuing the bridal beauty series, today is part three and it's all about getting active. Exercise has always a big part of my life. I played sports growing up and have always loved being outside and being active. My family is all very active and I have so many fond memories of family bike rides and walks with our dogs. Luckily, I found someone who loves being active just as much as I do and my fiancĂ© actually proposed while we were hiking last summer.  

But sometimes getting to the gym just sounds exhausting. It's just one more thing I have to do that day... another thing to cross of my list. I've really tried to change how I feel about that by finding an exercise routine that works for me. Some days this includes hitting the gym and other days it includes something as simple as walking to get coffee on Saturday morning.

You have to find what works for you. I have friends who say spin classes have changed their lives and they look forward to their spin class all day long. I also know other people who are completely into yoga and feel like that does the most good for their body and mind. And that is how you should feel about it! You are doing something good for yourself, for your body, for your mind. It should be something you feel excited about. 

Over the last year and a half, I've really changed my exercise routine and have started incorporating things that I had never tried before now and was even intimidated by... Hello, weight lifting! So today I wanted to share my weekly workout routine with you and encourage you to explore, take different classes, try new things you've never tried before and see what makes you feel the best inside and out.  

My weekly workout routine

5 active days total (Monday-Friday)

2 days cardio, 3 days strength

Every week is a little different for me but I try to workout every day Monday-Friday and then do some kind of light activity on the weekend if I don't have a wedding. Being a wedding planner, I don't really feel the need (or desire) to get up even earlier on a Saturday and squeeze in a spin class before I spend 14 hours on my feet. Which also means that Sundays are for resting my body and recovering from the wedding the night before as well as getting ready for the week ahead. If I have an off weekend, I usually like to walk to get coffee on Saturday morning or go for a hike or long bike ride if the weather is nice.

Right now, I am really into spin class so that's my cardio 2 days a week and then I like to incorporate 3 days of weight and strength training. I've been really into classes like muscle conditioning and body pump for that. I've also found that HIIT classes are really beneficial during a crazy week when I can't make it to the gym every day. HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training and it's a great mix of cardio to get your heart rate up and weight training to tone your muscles. It's usually only about 30-45 minutes long but it packs a lot into a short amount of time! 

Looking forward, I'd really like to incorporate more yoga and stretching into my routine. I always feel so much better after a yoga class or even if I take 20 minutes to stretch and foam roll while watching The Voice or The Bachelor at night. I am just not very good about actually making it a part of my routine. Plus, with all the stress that comes with being a bride-to-be, a think an hour alone focusing on relaxing and breathing sounds really nice right about now! 

Whatever you decide to do, having a plan and a routine as well as setting fitness goals leading up to your wedding day is going to make it that much easier to stick to it. Ultimately, you want this routine to continue even after the big day. So it's important to find what you like and what you enjoy doing so that it doesn't feel like a burden or another thing on your to-do list. Find what works for you, don't be afraid to try new things and if you only have 30 minutes to go on a walk around the neighborhood that's fine! Just do something each day to incorporate exercise into your life.