Just 18 days until the Royal Wedding, and you can bet Kate Middleton is busy getting into the shape of her life.
After all, it’s not every bride that gets to be the subject of worldwide wedding day scrutiny. FUN! Thankfully, Kate doesn’t need to lose any extra weight.
The 5’ 10” Princess-to-be has the enviable body of a supermodel. She keeps herself trim by doing outdoorsy sports – and NOT crash dieting.
Every bride – royal or not – can relate to wanting to look their absolute best on their wedding day! Most brides will admit to upping their exercise to get ready for their walk down the aisle. “The key body parts are arms, chest, and back,” reveals fitness expert and trainer for The CW’s “Shedding for the Wedding,” Jennifer Cohen. “Working on your back will help with your tone and posture, working on your chest will help keep your bust line lifted, and anyone planning on a sleeveless gown can tell you how crucial arms are.”
So, what’s the best way for a bride to get toned and in wedding gown shape? “Most people eat when they’re stressed, but it’s exercise that will really make them feel better. One of my favorite tips to give clients is to start walking,” reveals Jennifer. “Walking is a great way to get moving, tone muscles, and burn calories.” Jennifer even teamed up with Weight Watchers to kick off its 3rd annual Walk-It Challenge on May 22nd and get brides (and other folks) inspired to exercise and eat healthier.
Besides, walking it off, Jennifer also shares with Healthy Hollywood three of her favorite toning exercises.
1. For working on your arms: My favorite invention for a fantastic upper-body is a pull-up bar. Put it in a doorway you always walk through, do a couple whenever you walk through. It’s going to be hard at first, but stick with it and soon you’ll find that you can do an actual pull-up. It’ll get you those amazing sculpted arms you want for your wedding, AND a strong upper body keeps your boobs lifted. Do this every day – when you start out, attempt 5 full pull-ups throughout the day. Push-ups are also great for your arms and your entire body. With push-ups you engage your core, back, chest and arms; all key bridal areas in one move.
2. For that hourglass figure: try a plie squat with a twist. Position your feet a little wider than hip width apart, make sure to tuck in your pelvis, and keep your back straight. Next, get into a squat position – lower yourself about a foot from your normal standing height. Remember to keep yourself tucked in and your back straight. Next, hold your arms out in front of you, and twist from side to side. Turn from your waist, engaging your ab muscles – this will strengthen and slim your obliques, sculpting your waist. Add intensity by holding something heavy – weights are great, but you can use anything heavy that can be held easily, like laundry detergent or a dictionary. Do this 3x per week, 15-20 reps. This move will work your core and inner thighs, and the twisting helps lean out your waistline and work on that hourglass figure. Even though your concentrating on certain areas, you’re going to get there by engaging all your body parts.
3. For a great full-body cardio workout (this move burns a ton of calories): Lay down on your back on a yoga mat, floor or carpet. Get up and stand straight. Then lay back down again. Repeat this 50 times and you’ll get your heart pumping at home, trust me! Do this 4 days a week!
For more information on motivational tips to get walking and/or Weight Watchers’ upcoming 5K walks, head to www.weightwatchers.com/walkit.