Getting Fit for Marriage

Every bride wants to look her very best on her wedding day and for some women that means embarking on a pre-wedding fitness programme.

Bridal boot camps are gaining in popularity thanks to reality TV (don’t get me started). And their popularity is creating unnecessary angst amongst women who, quite naturally, want to look wonderful on their special day. Let’s take a close look at some of the language these shows use (I’ve bolded and italicized certain phrases):

… is a fast-paced, action-packed television series that exposes a bride’s desperate struggle to drop unwanted inches so that she can look picture perfect on her wedding day.”

“…[she was] petrified by the thought of looking chunky on her big day.”

Petrified? Really? C’mon. There are scarier things in the world. For example, driving around with Lindsay Lohan. That would be scary.

This kind of inflammatory language doesn’t do any bride any favours. In fact, these words are manipulative and cruel and reinforce the notion that slim = beautiful. This is simply wrong.

Now I’m a big fan of health and fitness; what I’m not a big fan of is the media pushing women into achieving some unrealistic and unattainable ideal of bridal beauty – while  planning a wedding!

Wondering if I was alone in my opinions I decided to speak to a fitness pro. Recently I interviewed Toronto fitness trainer Christie Preston. Christie is the energetic owner of Preston Fitness Training and posts regularly on her Beauty and the Bod blog. Christie is all about balance and enjoys a glass of red wine from time to time. My kind of fitness guru!

Christie takes the slow and steady approach with her clients with a focus on the long-term benefits: health, energy and wellness. Bridal boot camps often promise a quick fix. The truth is, no one can achieve optimum health and fitness in six weeks. Christie – no surprise – does not do bridal boot camps. What she does do is help her clients achieve attainable fitness goals. Slowly and sensibly.

Planning a wedding is stressful. Do you really need the extra pressure of trying to achieve unrealistic and unattainable goals of perfection? As Christie so wisely points out, on your wedding day do you want your new husband, family and guests to remember how gorgeous and happy you looked on your wedding day? Or do you want them to remember how much weight you lost? Think about it. Big difference.

Your fiancé loves you for you. Keep the focus on health and energy. You will look beautiful on your wedding day. Every bride does!




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