Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Into Action

As the spring season begins, it's an ideal time to make sure you have an exercise routine in place.  Regular exercise has so many benefits, it'll be hard to find an excuse not to squeeze in a half hour several times a week. For starters, exercising will help keep you in shape for your wedding.  Instead of worrying about fitting into your wedding gown on your wedding day or your swimsuit for your honeymoon, start exercising to maintain your current figure or to get into the shape you want.   You will also feel more energized when you exercise.  As you work off fat and build more muscle, your body becomes stronger and your endurance lasts longer.  Regular physical activity is linked to improved sleep too.   What bride can't use a bit more energy and better sleep while planning her wedding?!
In addition to helping you physically, exercise plays an important part in your mental health.  Working out is a great stress reliever.  Being physically active, is a healthy way to deal with the many emotions you're going through.  Most people feel more relaxed and in a better mood after exercising.  It also gives you some much needed time for yourself, away from wedding planning.
If you already exercise regularly, keep it up!  If you don't, it's not too late to start.  To successfully begin an exercise routine, pick an activity you enjoy.  It doesn't matter whether you go to the gym, swim, play tennis, or bike ride, as long as you commit to doing it for a set period of time several times a week.  Make sure not to set your goals too lofty if you're just beginning.  You can always work your way up.  If you're afraid you won't be able to follow through, ask a friend to partner up with you.  The more enjoyable and fun you can make your exercise routine, the more likely you are to stick with it.  Happy Spring!

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