Pre-wedding wellbeing regime for the mothers of the bride and groom

25 May 2017

Calling the mothers of the bride and groom; ensure your health and fitness is on top form with this expert advice

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With all eyes on you and your family come your son or daughter's wedding day, it is no wonder that the mothers of the bride and groom feel the pressure to look their best on the big day. The thought of the photographs being passed down the generations for years to come can fill a lot of people with dread, but if you take a few steps to ensure you feel confident on the day, this won't pose an issue. 

Here, Virgin Active and Nutracheck team up to offer their expert advice in how to look healthy and happy on your son or daughter's wedding day. 

What workout?

Hugh Hanley, head of fitness and personal training at Virgin Active and with 15 years of experience in the industry, recommends keeping it simple and focusing on three key types of training:

1. Strength training

"Including weights in your workout improves your strength and posture, maintains bone strength and reduces the risk of lower back injury. It also helps you tone up and you will see results quickly. Use your body weight and incorporate squats, lunges and wall push ups into your workouts."

2. Aerobic exercise

"We want to get you moving and active,  so look for activities that you enjoy and make a conscious effort to do them 3-4 times a week like walking, jogging and swimming. Adding in group exercise classes is also a great way to get the heart pumping and the calories burning - while having fun with your friends." 

3. Stretching

"Focusing on stretching will help maintain flexibility and a range of motion in the joints. If you’re not used to hitting the gym, it will also reduce the risk of injury and muscle soreness to balance your new training regime. Yoga and Pilates are good forms of stretching exercise which have the additional benefits of toning muscles and building core strength."

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When to start?

Hugh reveals that for fitness and nutrition preparation ahead of the big day, timings and consistency are key: "Many people want instant results but forget that it’s so important to factor in recovery; you’ve got to give your body enough time. Last minute crash diets or crazy regimes will risk you looking exhausted."

"To feel and look your best, I would advise planning to start at least 12 weeks from the set date. Be realistic, look at your diary on a Sunday, plan nutritious meals and schedule workouts 3-4 days a week. Be sure to include a mixture of weight training and cardio to create a polished physique with toned shoulders and arms. Commit to these as appointments in your diary and think of them as meetings which you can’t skip."

How to measure results

When it comes to measuring progress, Hugh recommends steering clear of the scales: "Invest in an old fashioned measuring tape or Virgin Active’s boditrax to help track results and keep you motivated. Recruit a workout partner and head along to fun classes together. When you have a training partner it will increase your commitment to your workout programme, plus you both get quality time together."

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What foods to eat for a youthful appearance 

Emma Clarke, MA (Human Nutrition), nutritionist for calorie counting app www.nutracheck.co.uk, says: "You are what you eat, so keeping up with your nutrition can mean being healthy on the inside and looking great on the outside. These five top food tips are great additions to your daily beauty regime...."

1. Sweet potato 

These, like many other orange coloured fruits and vegetables, are a fantastic source of vitamin A, with 100g containing more than your daily required amount. Vitamin A is an antioxidant with an important role in keeping our skin healthy.

2. Eggs 

A breakfast favourite and a skin booster too. Eggs are a great source of riboflavin and pyridoxine, two B vitamins important for maintaining healthy skin, eyes and hair. B vits also help us break down and use nutrients such as protein, which is essential for maintaining all body tissue. 

3. Mackerel

This oily fish comes with a healthy dose of pyridoxine and omega 3 fatty acids. This type of fat helps to maintain our body's cell walls, to keep our body tissue healthy and protected. Result? Healthy, supple skin and shiny hair.

4. Brazil nuts 

One of the best sources of selenium, which is essential for a healthy immune system. Just four nuts give you your daily selenium dose.

5. Green leafy veggies

Rich in vitamin E, folic acid and beta-carotene - all essential for protecting skin against damage from free radicals. Broccoli, cabbage, kale and spinach are all great choices.

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