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:: Top 5 Ways to Get Fit Before Your Big Day ::

A few of us may have a body that is a perfect ten. Good for you! Others may be a little on the pleasingly plump side, but confident. Good for you too! But for many of us, the approach of our wedding day can cause a bit of intimidation (all those people will be looking at us), and a desire that we look our absolute best. We asked MRSter co-founder and fitness expert Drew Coleman for his advice about getting fit before your big day…

1 :: Boost your metabolism. Get active and fuel your body! Your metabolism speeds up when you are burning more calories and fueling your body with enough of the right foods regularly. Diet and exercise are both important. One is not very effective without the other. If you starve yourself, your metabolism will slow down. Same happens when you sit on the couch all day. So, kickstart your metabolism by eating 5-6 small, healthy, evenly-spaced meals per day and exercising 3-4 days per week.

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2 :: Eat good food and avoid the bad.  The Best foods to eat are a good mix of protein {lean meats, eggs, egg whites, dairy, soy}, complex carbs {veggies, whole grains, brown rice, some fruits, oats, quinoa and other ancient grains} and healthy fats {olive oil, avocado, nuts}. You really want to avoid sugar and quick carbs {white bread, white potatoes, white rice, white pasta, anything “breaded”} as much as possible. Those foods spike your blood sugar levels, which leads to a chain of events that ends in fat storage.

3 :: Hydrate! Very important! Proper hydration makes all of your systems run smoothly and you want all systems in tip top shape so you can lose weight effectively. Most people should drink somewhere between a half gallon and a gallon per day.

4 :: Exercise!  If I had to pick one category of exercises to make you fit overall, I would choose plyometrics, or “jump training”. Plyometrics uses explosive movements which gets your heart rate up and burns a ton of calories. Combining these exercises with Tabata-style timing (8 rounds of 20 seconds on/10 seconds rest) and completing 30-40 minutes of exercise 3-4 days a week will get you in wedding shape in no time! Note that you should always check with your doctor before starting any program of exercise.

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5 :: The best course of action for quick results. If you’re short on time, you need to focus on cardio. This can be running, rowing, swimming, elliptical, stairmaster, or circuit training. Cardio should be completed a minimum of 30 minutes, but no more than 45 minutes and your breathing should be at a pace where you could say a few words, but not have a sustained conversation. Train as often as you can, but be sure to take 1 or 2 active rest days per week. Active rest could mean going for a walk or a leisurely bike ride but at a pace you could easily have a conversation the entire time.

Do you have any wedding fitness tips or motivation of your own?! Share them with us in the comments below!!

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