We frequently meet brides-to-be who have embarked on a new exercise and diet regime that has altered their body shape and the way they now look in their wedding gown. Feeling your best on the big day is extremely important, as well as understanding which type of exercise will deliver the result you want, without making the wrong changes to your body shape.
To help guide you through this, we’ve spoken to the lovely Sarah May, a skin health and weight loss specialist, to get her top tips on the right ways to get in shape for you big day. We are looking at diet and also the best exercise for brides to be undertaking.
There are three main body types and you need to deal with the fact that although you can do a LOT to change your figure, you will never be able to completely change your natural body type.
1 – Ectomorph. The ectomorph tends to be tall and lean. They have a metabolism to die for. Weight training is a great exercise route for the ectomorph. It will tone, add a few curves in the right places and make sure they don’t look too long and lean.
2 – Mesomorph. The mesomorph is low in body fat and builds muscle easily. They are naturally muscular and can sport a crop top without an inch of muffin top! Mesomorphs who build muscle easily will benefit from combining HIIT with weight lifting and some cardio sessions to keep them looking beautifully toned.
3 – Endomorph. Endomorphs are stockier, have bigger rib cages and shorter limbs. They find it hard to lose weight and have a slower metabolism. A combination of HIIT training, cardio, weights and generally just moving more will help the endomorph create sexy curves in all the right places.
HIIT – High intensity interval training – Working out for just 10 minutes can have a BIG impact on your fat-burning capacity and you can actually burn fat for up to 24 hours after a HIIT workout. All you do is go full pelt for around 30 seconds – it could be sprinting, cycling, burpees, jogging on the spot with high knees – ANYTHING that is going to break you out in a serious sweat. You then rest until your heart rate comes down and repeat 6-8 times.
LIFTING WEIGHTS – Women, please know that you will NOT turn into Arnie by lifting heavy weights. Women do not have as much testosterone as men, and testosterone is what helps builds muscle. Having more muscle speeds up your metabolism and also takes up a lot less space than fat. If you are a mesomorph, you will build muscle easier than the other two body types, so it is even more important to lift weights if you are an ectomorph or endomorph. You will probably notice an increase in the span of your rib cage, so do not panic if you go up a bra size.
RUNNING – Long distance running or chronic cardio can actually cause weight gain, if you do too much of it. Chronic cardio can cause a rise in your stress hormone cortisol, which causes fat to be deposited around the belly. So if you notice that you are getting a bit flabby round the middle, it may be time to change your exercise regime.
YOGA – There are many different types of yoga. Some are much more about the mind and body connection and others are a hot sweaty workout. Yoga will give you a beautifully sculpted yet elongated figure – perfect for the mesomorph who builds muscle easily.
LOW LEVEL EXERCISE – Invest in a standing desk or set an alarm to get you up every 45 minutes to go for a 10 min walk. Get off the bus a stop earlier, go for a walk after dinner or use your bike to go into town. There are so many ways to increase your movement.
With all exercise, it is important to feed your muscles; otherwise your body will start to break them down as fuel. So always make sure you give your body a rest, refuel with good protein sources and get plenty of sleep.
Early preparation is the key, ladies. DO NOT leave it until a couple of weeks before the wedding, crash diet, live on air and water and start running three hours a day. I can promise you it will not give you the look you desire. Start now and create your own fun-filled exercise plan combining all of the different exercise types. This way, you will give your body a rev-up every time you work out. Muscle confusion is the best way to make your body burn fat and build muscle.
Please remember to always consult with your doctor before starting a new workout regime, particularly if you have any medical conditions.
Thanks again to Sarah May for sharing her knowledge and expertise with us.
Sarah May is a skin health and weight loss specialist and make-up artist, working extensively in the world of weddings to help brides get the figure they have dreamed of, along with beautiful glowing skin and flawless make up. To find out more, visit: www.sarah-may.biz