It’s a new year, and we’re super excited for all our upcoming 2017 brideys! Emotions are high, nerves are kicking in, excitement is mounting, but there are still so many things left to do! And one of those things, regrettably, is often loosing just that pesky 2kg that really wasn’t helped by all that Christmas feasting (whoops!). If you’re pressed for time, or can’t afford a personal trainer, here are some easy training tricks to help you get fit on those days you just couldn’t be bothered going for a run, or driving to the gym, or getting up a 4 am to get in a swim before work. You’re welcome!
Trick no. 1
Toothbrush squats! While brushing your teeth is an essential part of every day, it’s not the most exciting. Most of us spend the time staring blankly into the mirror wondering what we’re doing with our lives, why we’re always running late for work, or why there’s always so much water on the mirror. Boring right? Well no more! Introduce the toothbrush squats: two full minutes of teeth brushing, glute working goodness! Simply squat the whole time you are brushing your teeth, and you’ve added four minutes a day of squatting to time otherwise wasted. Great right!? Get the right squat technique here.
Trick no. 2
Stair re-runs! Most of us aren’t excited when we see a set of stairs, but they are the perfect butt and leg toning devices, and they’re everywhere. And free! If you see a set of stairs on your way to work, or to the shops, or wherever you’re going, don’t avoid them! Just a little bit of exercise a day can help your metabolism digest food more efficiently, (and if you’re like me, you’ll need help digesting that muffin you had for morning tea) so climb those stairs! If you’re feeling ambitious, do it a couple of times. If you have a set of stairs at home or at work, and you have a couple of minutes, do some reps. Every time you climb the stairs for a purpose, turn around and climb them again! You’ll have easy and quick cardio all day long!
Trick no. 3
Bed dips! If you’ve been involved in a sporting team, particularly those played in a stadium full of horrible accessible benches, you’d probably be familiar with the idea of a bench dip. If not, don’t be alarmed, see how to do them here. If your bed isn’t too high, try doing a few reps of bench dips using your bed before you shower, or before you go to bed (if you don’t mind being a bit sweaty). Horrible high school netball practice memories aside, bench dips are a great way to work your upper body. If your bed is too high, try using a chair or a sturdy coffee table. Not only is this exercise good for your arms, it’ll tucker you out before bed so you can have a good night sleep dreaming about your perfect day!
Trick no. 4
Good morning crunches! I don’t know about anyone else, but I hate early morning exercise, especially before breakfast! But these crunches will be over before you even realise you’re awake, and you don’t even have to get out of bed! Nothing could be more easy peasy. All you have to do is wake up, throw off your sheets, sit up and then lie back down! (kind of). If you do a few crunches each day, you’re looking at a toned tummy for your wedding! And the best part? You can have breakfast literally seconds after you’re done! You can see the correct crunch technique here.
As these exercises are low to medium impact, they are good to do on a rest day, or when you can’t find the time for higher intensity exercise, but they won’t take the place of a proper work out. Going to the gym, playing sport, or going for a walk, run or swim at least twice a week will greatly increase your likelihood of achieving your goal weight. Just as important is your diet! Don’t forget to eat lots of veggies, legumes, fruits, whole grains and protein! And finally, the most important thing to remember is don’t stress! We have never dressed a bride who didn’t look absolutely stunning on her wedding day! If you don’t manage to lose the weight you wanted, don’t worry. No one will notice, they’ll only see the beautiful bride that you’re going to be!
Words: Samara Flynn