If you've said "yes" to the dress, then it's time to make sure you look as glamorous as possible in it. Whether you're going backless, strapless or wearing a figure-hugging gown, you want to head down the aisle looking slim, toned and sexy. Tailor your wedding dress workout to the style of your gown, using a calorie-reduced diet and aerobic exercise to get rid of the jiggle, while toning the specific areas revealed by your dress.
Strapless Wedding Dress Workout
A strapless dress shows off your arms, shoulders, upper chest and upper back. Avoid walking down the aisle with a look that resembles bra overhang by getting rid of flab while toning these areas. Get involved in a game of tennis regularly to burn calories and tone your upper body. Go swimming or pump your arms during a brisk walk to lose the jiggly arms and tone muscles. Further sculpt your arms, shoulders, upper chest and upper back with strength training exercises such as bicep and tricep curls, shoulder presses and butterflies.
Work all four areas with dumbbell presses. Stand with your feet hip width apart and hold a dumbbell in each hand at chest level. Begin by pressing the dumbbells up toward the ceiling; return to the starting position, and then push the dumbbells out in front of you, at chest level. Pull the dumbbells back to your chest, and then push them out toward the sides. Return to the starting position to complete one repetition. Perform 12 to 24 reps every other day to get your body strapless dress-ready.
Open-Back Wedding Dress Workout
Reveal a sexy back and have all eyes on you as you walk down the aisle. Whether your open-back gown shows off your upper back or plunges lower, you'll want your sweetheart and your guests to enjoy a toned, sculpted back. Burn calories to lose flab and tone those back muscles by using a rowing machine, playing basketball or golf, or doing circuit training.
Pushups are an excellent way to tone your back muscles as you bust back fat. You can also do dumbbell rows to tone all over and look sexy in your backless dress. Stand with your feet hip width apart while bending 45 degrees at the waist. Hold a dumbbell in each hand with your elbows bent at 90-degree angles. Pull the dumbbells up toward the ceiling, trying to bring your shoulder blades as close together as possible. Return to the starting position to complete one repetition. Perform 12 to 24 dumbbell rows, every other day.
Shorter Wedding Dress Workout
Be ready to bare your legs in a shorter wedding dress by trading flabby calves for legs that turn heads. Shed fat and tone your leg muscles with brisk walking, jogging or bicycle riding. Tone and sculpt your thighs, hips and butt for a shapely lower half by doing lunges, squats and leg lifts.
Get calves to die for by performing calf raises every other day. Stand behind a chair, holding on to the back for balance. Rise on your toes and slowly lower to complete one repetition. Do 25 calf raises each session. Add resistance by performing the calf raises with your hands by your sides, while holding a dumbbell in each hand.
Form-Fitting Wedding Dress Workout
A figure-hugging wedding dress demands that you lose the rolls and jiggly areas, while toning your body all over. Add intervals into your aerobic activity to up your calorie burn and get rid of a muffin top, jiggly thighs or a big booty. If you're walking, bicycling or jogging to burn calories, increase your speed for 30 to 60 seconds after four to five minutes at a normal pace. Alternate increased speed with a normal pace for the entire workout.
Tone your core for an hourglass figure by doing situps that engage your abs and obliques. Lie on your back with your knees bent. Sit up while reaching your hands to your knees; slowly lower yourself, stopping before your head, neck and upper back reach the floor. Sit up again, but reach your hands toward the left side of your knees this time. Lower yourself, and then sit up while reaching your hands to the right side of your knees. Do eight to 16 ab and oblique situps, every other day.
Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.