Recent Fitness/Exercise Posts

5 Summer Beauty Foods For A Wedding Day Glow

Posted by Alexandra on Jul 18, 2013

WatermelonPhoto by: Infiniti Photo

If you want to look your very best walking down the aisle, treating your body right from the inside is key. Incorporate these five foods into your diet this summer and look forward to shiny hair, radiant skin and an overall healthy glow on your wedding day!

Watermelon – In addition to keeping you hydrated and perking up dull, tired looking skin, watermelon is also loaded with vitamin A, which combats oily skin and helps reduce the size of pores.

Tomatoes – Tomatoes are known for being high in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your skin against sun damage and battles signs of aging.

Iced Green Tea – Sip this refreshing summer beverage for a daily dose of EGCG, a potent antioxidant that helps to rejuvenate skin cells. Green tea is also known to stimulate hair growth and battle bloating.

Strawberries – These sweet summer berries are packed with vitamin C, which promotes collagen production and helps smooth and firm skin.

Oysters – Raw, chilled oysters are a great source of zinc, which helps skin cell renewal and repair and promotes healthy hair growth.

Get Healthy – Together!

Posted by Kim on Jan 25, 2013

Photo by MK Loeffler Photography

If you’re trying to get in shape for your wedding, it’s a good idea to enlist a buddy to get you off the couch (yes, we know Top Chef  is on), and get moving! And who better to motivate you than your spouse to be? Instead of the standard dinner-and-a-movie, make your date nights more activity-focused and we promise, you’ll reap the benefits. Here are some of our favorite ideas for creative (and romantic!) dates.

Take a Walk Make a stroll around your neighborhood a nightly ritual. Instead of lounging in front of the TV, take some time each evening to walk hand-in-hand and recount the day’s events. It’s a nice way to unwind and reconnect after a busy day. Motivate each other to walk as much as possible – whether it means forgoing the car for your morning commute or even taking hikes together on the weekends.

Get Cooking We know – your favorite Chinese place delivers in seven minutes or less. But the health benefits of preparing your own meals are innumerable. Spend some time each weekend planning out the week’s menu and head to your local farmer’s market to pick out the freshest produce (another romantic outing idea!).

Clean Up Doing housework together is a productive way to get moving. Spend some time each week cleaning your home from top to bottom, as well as handling any repairs. From sweeping the floors to changing lightbulbs, performing household tasks can get your heart pumping.

Wind Down If wedding planning plus the rest of your busy lives has the two of you majorly stressed, take some time to unwind together. We think yoga is a great option – focusing on your breath and working on your strength and stamina can take your mind off all the drama.

Go Dancing Prepare for your moment in the spotlight by taking dance lessons. Instead of standing and swaying side-to-side during your first dance, you’ll develop some smooth moves that will absolutely wow your guests – and help you get toned in the process.

How are you and your fiance getting in shape together? Let us know in the comments!

Get Gorgeous, Toned Arms For Your Wedding

Posted by Alexandra on Jan 24, 2013

Gown by Ines Di Santo, photo by Dan Lecca

As you set out on your mission to find that stunning gown, those sparkling earrings and perfect shoes, don’t forget about the most coveted bridal accessory: sleek, sculpted arms. If you’ve been slacking in that department, don’t fret. The upper body is the quickest to respond to exercise and, with a little discipline and a solid plan, can be surprisingly easy to tone. These simple tips and targeted moves will put you on the fast track to lean, firm arms you’ll be proud to flaunt down the aisle. The simple exercises below are designed to strengthen the major muscles in your arms – but make sure you warm up for five minutes before starting and stretch afterward!

How Are You Getting In Shape?

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 23, 2013

Photo: The Nichols

All eyes will be on you as you walk down the aisle on your wedding day. That’s why many brides are serious about getting in shape and striking a balance between eating healthy and exercising beforehand. Don’t let working out become an added stress on top of all the wedding planning though. Take into consideration your height, weight (don’t let the scale scare you) and level of activity before you set your goals. Be realistic. It doesn’t mean you should purchase your wedding gown four sizes smaller in hopes of losing all that weight. What if you don’t? Getting in shape before your wedding means you will need to make effective not dramatic changes to your lifestyle, and remember, it’s okay to reward yourself. Of course, with non-food treats like a manicure, pedicure or massage. The best side effect of getting in shape, you may ask? All the energy you will have to dance the night away at your reception.

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Healthy Foods to Eat Before Your Wedding Day

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 22, 2013

Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day, no matter which one-of-a-kind, custom-fit dress she bought, but in order to look her best, she needs to feel her best too.  Starting a regime of eating better and exercising months or weeks before your wedding will help you and your future hubby look healthy and feel refreshed the day of. Here are our top picks (and skips) to eat before and after saying, “I do.”

1. Oatmeal 

For breakfast, enjoy a bowl of oatmeal sprinkled with chia seeds. The oatmeal keeps your blood-sugars steady and absorbes glucose while the chia seeds, which are the highest source of omega-3’s, keep your skin glowing from head to toe.

Photo: Shape