Post # 1
I’ve been really good about getting to the gym for the last few months. My favorite classes are the weight-lifting classes for women. But for the week before my wedding (next week) I’m wondering if I should do my weight-lifting classes. I’ve heard that when you do weight or resistance training you retain water and can look bulkier. So maybe I should just do cardio the three or four days before the wedding?
I’ve also heard that it’s best not to eat any salt for the three days before your wedding because this also helps to not retain water…
Post # 3
I’d just keep on doing what you’re doing to help keep stress under control.
Do you currently fit in your dress? If you do, I wouldn’t worry about it too much. If you keep up your workouts and drink lots of water, I’m sure you’ll be fine and look gorgeous! 🙂
This article here might be helpful if you’re concerned about water retention: Stop retaining water… by drinking more!
Post # 4
Thanks! I think you’re probably right. And yup, I fit into the dress! (Whew.) 🙂
Post # 5
Drink lots of cold water! And just do weights, not cardio. Im no fitness expert, but it always works for me!
Post # 6
I would definately not change your program now. The last week before the wedding, I was soooo accident prone – I could hardly walk through a room without banging into something. Stress does make you more distracted, and more likely to injure yourself. If you haven’t been doing step aerobics or something like that, I would think that taking it up right now might be a little risky.
Post # 7
Why don’t you ask the trainers at your gym what they recommend? If I were you- I would just do cardio. That way you don’t pull a muscle by accident, or are too sore… But also– treat yourself! Go get some massages! Take a stretch class! Wow- good for you for being so consistent and going to the gym regularly! I am super impressed!
Post # 8
I would think doing more cardio would be better but I’m not an expert. Definitely ask at your gym!
I have 7 weeks until my wedding so I started adding workouts to my routine. The November Marie Claire magazine had a workout/diet prepared by Madonna and Gwyneth’s trainer and I started doing it because it didn’t require weights, just arm movements and crunches and such. Within 2 days my shoulders and elbows started popping and hurting! The stupid workouts are actually INJURING me! ha! So, I signed up for a month long pilates intensive instead. 🙂
Post # 9
oh! How do you like the pilates? Is it hard?
Post # 10
I’m getting married on Saturday and my trainer told me that my last strength-training workout should be Wednesday. Thursday, I can do cardio and then Friday, nothing.
Post # 11
You should focus mostly on cardio. When you lift weights, you build up lactic acid which makes your muscles swell – this is good when you are trying to tone up, but not right before the wedding. I would incorporate a different cardio every day or every other day. Try kickboxing, jogging, the elliptical, etc. You may want to try a yoga or pilates because those strengthen without bulk and yoga is super relaxing.
Avoid salt. And believe it or not, the following foods make you bloated the next day after eating (I saw this on a Bride tip email that I get and I was so suprised about what’s on here):
Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Onions, Chewing Gum, Soda, Soup, Beans, Lettuce, Brussel Sprouts, Peas and High-Fiber Cereals. Although most of these are good for you on a normal basis, they are not good the day before an event.
Post # 12
Good point McRae– high fiber foods and cruciferous vegetables (below) can cause gas in a majority of people, and therefore leads to bloating– definitely a good thing to stay away from. If water weight is what you tend to carry (due to extra carbs at the rehearsal dinner perhaps??)- a mug of warm/hot water with a lemon wedge or two squeezed in is a great way to get rid of excess water bloat. The lemon is a natural diuretic <table border=”2″ cellspacing=”0″ width=”75%” align=”center” bordercolor=”#330066″><tbody><tr><td><font size=”+1″>Arugula</font></td><td><font size=”+1″>Bok choy</font></td><td><font size=”+1″>Broccoli</font></td></tr><tr><td><font size=”+1″>Brussels sprouts</font></td><td><font size=”+1″>Cabbage</font></td><td><font size=”+1″>Cauliflower</font></td></tr><tr><td><font size=”+1″>Chard</font></td><td><font size=”+1″>Chinese cabbage</font></td><td><font size=”+1″>Collard greens</font></td></tr><tr><td><font size=”+1″>Daikon</font></td><td><font size=”+1″>Kale</font></td><td><font size=”+1″>Kohlrabi</font></td></tr><tr><td><font size=”+1″>Mustard greens</font></td><td><font size=”+1″>Radishes</font></td><td><font size=”+1″>Rutabagas</font></td></tr><tr><td><font size=”+1″>Turnips</font></td><td><font size=”+1″>Watercress</font></td><td> </td></tr></tbody></table>
Post # 13
My first pilates class is tonight! It’s a crazy class on the reformer and cadillac machines. I worked out so hard yesterday that my body is already tired and aching. I can’t imagine what I’m going to feel like tomorrow! eek!