Fitness tips for newly engaged couples
It’s happening! You said yes to the love of your life. Marital bliss is nigh.
There’s a long list of to-do’s on the road ahead. On that list is getting in the best shape of your life. All eyes will be on you as you walk down the aisle.
If that thought fills you with dread, these 5 fitness hacks will change that to excitement.
1. Start an exercise routine with your partner
If exercise hasn’t been a big part of your relationship, this is an opportunity to strengthen your bond while strengthening your bodies. We’ve seen those memes of those fit couples with 5% body fat looking like they invented love.
If you have 9-12 months until your wedding day, you have lots of time to transform your body. The best way to get there is to have your partner on board. You guys can be each other’s source of motivation and support.
2. Pick realistic fitness goals with realistic deadlines
With looming wedding-specific tasks that have to be squeezed into your schedule, shit can get overwhelming. It’s okay. you can still run a tight ship. Time just has to be strategically set aside for each task. Your fitness is just another task.
The first step is to decide what you want to achieve by the time you say your vows. Then, break this overarching fitness goal down into smaller fitness goals. Say you want to lose six inches off the waist in 12 months. If you break it down into half an inch every month, doesn’t that seem more manageable?
3. Set a crazy workout schedule
By “crazy” I didn’t mean doing Crossfit WODs or 1000 squats every day.
Some people claim it’s better to gradually increase your number of workouts, from two to three to four every few weeks. I don’t agree with this method. Personally, my fitness improves exponentially when I prioritize exercise everyday. Use proper technique, select exercises for your fitness level, eat nutritious foods, and get enough sleep. Getting used to training at least five times a week early on can only benefit you in the long run.
The first few weeks will be hellish. If you aren’t used to this frequency, it’ll feel like your body is being ground up for patties. After this period of adaptation, however, your body will quickly get used to it. If you’re new to the gym, do a short 30-minute workout everyday. The number of times you train each week is more important than any other training variable.
A 2-hour workout three times a week isn’t as beneficial as five shorter workouts. What do top bloggers all say? They became better writers by getting up early every day and typing, even if they don’t feel like it. No one feels like it all the time.
This workout schedule will seem challenging and excessive at first. Every habit that isn’t a habit yet is like that. You’ll love the soreness before long.
4. Create an environment of success
So you’ve decided to bring hubby on board your fitness train, a realistic goal is in your sights, and you’ve set aside frequent time slots for exercise. Now it’s time to make your training fun. Know yourself and stay two steps ahead of your weaker self. We oftentimes become our biggest saboteurs. We make excuses. We opt for the easy way out.
Get a membership pass to a gym that’s convenient. If you need more accountability, hire a trainer or coach who will be on your ass 24/7 and support you throughout the entire process.
Figure out what exercises you enjoy doing. Make a playlist of energizing music that you can’t help dancing to even while in the throes of pms. Make your gym time your You-time, so you look forward to your workouts. Remember, this is time devoted entirely to YOUR progress.
5. Relish the process
Super cliche, but Rome wasn’t built in one day. The body you envision floating down the aisle is the culmination of many hours of work. It’s easy to get impatient and expect too much too fast. After all, we live in the age of instant gratification. But slow and steady wins the race. It’s the accumulation of many right decisions made over time that leads to success, not a mad dash to the finish line after a long spell of procrastination.
When you think about the big picture, the months leading up to your wedding are a one-of-a-kind experience. It’s your engagement to the love of your life. You’ve agreed to a lifelong commitment to love him. You can also commit to loving yourself enough to be patient with your body.
To summarize, my 5 fitness hacks for newly engaged couples:
Include your partner in your fitness journey
Set a fitness goal you can achieve
Set aside time for exercise everyday
Make working out fun and convenient
Enjoy every minute of this special time
If you’re the type to fall off the wagon easily, or you’ve never stepped foot into a gym before and the thought of being around sweaty muscle-bound guys terrifies you, shoot me an email. As a female personal trainer who’s been around gyms for over 11 years, I can make fitness fun, efficient, and enjoyable for you.