Follow These 5 Simple Steps to Instantly Tone Up!

Yasmin Karachiwala shares five simple steps to toning up for the bride-to-be.

Getting physically ready for a wedding can be a daunting task. Many brides feel overwhelmed not only by the sheer amount of planning, but due to their burning desire to look ‘perfect’ on the D-day. Instead of attempting to tackle all areas at once during this stressful time, let’s focus on five simple points and exercises that will help you to look toned and fresh:

DO PILATES FOR 20 MINUTES A DAY

The key to any workout routine is consistency. If you are asked to exercise one-and-a-half-hours five days a week, you may get overwhelmed and decide not to do it at all. However, exercising every day not only builds a good habit, it also delivers results. Brides should focus on upper body and core exercises that show off the arms, back and abs; areas that are often exposed when a bride dons that lehenga or wedding dress. Most importantly, pilates helps in achieving great posture, which will instantly give you the appearance of being taller and leaner. Do you want to be the bride that walks down the aisle with a hunched over posture? (Think about all the texting and leaning-over-computers you do daily, which emphasises this posture). We know you don’t, because good posture can help you not only look better in your dress, but there are also some positive emotional benefits that come from having your spine properly aligned (the spine hosts all your neurological impulses). What kind of pilates should you do? There are some great exercises that come from the contemporary pilates mindset. Contemporary pilates is the term coined for a pilates routine that is adapted from the original pilates repertoire (created by  Joseph Pilates himself in the early 1900s). These exercises tend to be more focused on the issues we have in today’s society: combating texting posture, and adding more intensity to reverse the negative effects of sedentary lifestyles that most of us battle.

CUT THE SUGAR

Want a faster way to lean out? Cut out all the excess sugar from your iet. No pastries, breads, candies, sodas, and fried foods. This immediately forces you to eat veggies, lean proteins, and fibre such as beans and lentils. Be strict on this, and you will see fast results. To avoid getting hungry, be sure to eat frequently, about every two-to-three hours. Grab a handful of nuts with a piece of fruit, snack on veggies and hummus, or eat a quarter of an avocado with some lemon and chili. Focus your meals on a protein (chicken and fish), a veggie (not corn or potato), and some beans or lentils.

DRINK LOTS OF WATER

Water cleanses the body, makes skin glow, and aids in digestion as well as muscle recovery. Water makes you look younger and feel healthier. It’s an easy way to look great! Drink a minimum of three litres of water a day.

SLEEP A MINIMUM OF SEVEN HOURS A NIGHT

No sleep equals baggy eyes on your wedding day. But more importantly, lack of sleep can contribute to weight gain and a slower rate of metabolism. Don’t letting anything get in the way of your shut eyes. Set a bedtime clock and stick to it.

BE MINDFUL

Right now, it might seem to be the most important day of your life… but it’s the marriage that really counts. So take deep breaths, control your stress, do your exercises, eat your veggies, and get your sleep. Stress is your enemy. It causes weight gain. Be mindful.

Read her book Sculpt and Shape: The Pilates Way for more.

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