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A wedding to-do list is never short.

Most married couples will tell you the run-up to their wedding was a pretty stressful time to say the least.

Throw in various worries over deposits, seating arrangements, along with predictions over who's going to get the most drunk – et voilà! You have yourself a pressure cooker of panic.

And if that wasn't enough, being the centre of attention for the day, while surrounded by hundreds of fluttering camera lenses, can understandably make you feel a little self-conscious.

It's your day and it's only natural to want to look and feel confident.

To help you maintain your glow, as well as give you a boost before your special day, we've put together a guide on the best exercises for fitness and weight loss.

Do them regularly alongside a balanced diet, and you'll be well on your way to a fitter and more confident you.

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Pro tip: Using a vibration plate can really help you make the most of your fitness regime. Effective in both muscle strengthening and weight loss, just 10 minutes a day will bring your fitness goals that one step closer.

 

Get your sweat on

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With all those venue visits, dress fittings and menu tastings, we know your schedule is lacking room for more commitments.

One of the best things about this regime is that it's super flexible. This means you can squeeze it around your working day however you wish. There's no gym timetable to follow, no personal trainer to fit in and no monthly membership fees.

Each exercise is designed to strengthen your body as well as get your heart rate up. They're also very intense but that's what getting fit – fast – is all about. Maximum effort in the minimum amount of time.

Let's get started!

 

The exercises:

1) Burpees

How to do them: Crouch down and put your hands on the floor. Lean your weight forward and jump your legs back. Do a pushup and then tuck your legs back into your chest and jump back up. Repeat.

Best for: Full body strengthening and fat burning.

RAMP IT UP: Single leg burpees or squat burpees.

 

2) Jumping squats

How to do them: Squat down with a wide stance focusing on pushing your weight back and down. Spring up as high as you can and repeat.

Best for: Full body strengthening and fat burning.

RAMP IT UP: Five-way squat lunges (jump in for three or squat jacks).

 

3) Oblique twist high knees

How to do them: Jump from foot to foot while bringing your knees into your chest. As you do this, twist your upper body so that each knee meets your alternate elbow.

Best for: Fat burning, intense cardio and mobility.

RAMP IT UP: Pushup then spring up to do a tuck jump.

 

4) Leg raises

How to do them: Lie back on your elbows with your legs straight out in front of you. Raise your legs one by one while keeping them off the floor.

Best for: Strengthening your lower core and hip flexors.

RAMP IT UP: Double leg raises (both legs at the same time) or figure of eight leg raises (both legs at the same time and draw an imaginary sideways figure of eight with your feet).

 

5) Plank jacks

How to do them: Lie facedown while supporting your weight on your elbows and have your knees off the floor. Jump your feet out and back in again – like when doing star jumps.

Best for: Strengthening your core and getting your heartrate up.

RAMP IT UP: Use a stepper to make them decline plank jacks – jump your legs down and back up onto a weight bench or stepper placed behind you near your feet.

 

6) Hip raises

How to do them: Lie on the floor on your back with your knees bent. Lift your hips up and squeeze your glutes, hold for 10 seconds and then lower

Best for: Glutes, hamstrings and hip flexors.

RAMP IT UP: Place your feet on an inflatable gym ball and focus on keeping your hips high while you maintain your balance. Single leg hip lifts are also great for working your glutes as well as isolating each side. Add a weight bag or a barbell with weights across your hips to up the intensity.

 

Structure your workout:

These exercises are designed to allow you to burn calories and strengthen your muscles. They're not for building muscle. Bulking up requires a set style of training (in short, high weights and low reps), so if you're looking to increase your muscle size and really shape your arms – or your booty – check out our other blogs on strengthening your arms and the best glute exercises.

By using your bodyweight – or just take a low weight, high rep approach, you can develop your endurance and strength without building muscle mass.

With this regime you're looking to approach it with a HIIT mentality (High Intensity Interval Training). The great thing about HIIT is that you can fit a great workout into 30 minutes split out into intense bursts.

A good structure to start out with is one minute on and one minute off:

  • Take the first exercise and do it as hard as you can for one minute. Then rest for a minute so that you are recovered and ready to do the next exercise. 
  • Then move onto the exercise and do that for a minute. 
  • Cycle through and keep going for 30 minutes. 

If you already have a good level of fitness, this should be a good exercise:recovery ratio. However, if you are a beginner, you may want to take some more time to recover.

You can find more on this in our beginner's guide to HIIT blog.

These are great exercises you can do to help you stay in great shape as well as maintain a high level of fitness. So, not only can they help you before your wedding day, but they are also great as a time-saving way to work out. They don't require any equipment – just hard work, stamina and dedication.

Stay motivated and be the best version of you.

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