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Even if your wedding is still many months away, it’s important to start a beauty and fitness regime right now so your hair, skin, and body will be in peak condition for your wedding day. Here are some ideas on how to get started.
Wash Your Face Sounds simple, but when you’re busy, tired, and stressed, your skin care regimen may be the first to go out the window. Be diligent about not only washing your face, but also moisturizing, wearing sunscreen (every day!), and even getting facials or using face masks.
Start Growing Out Your Hair Whether you want a full updo or long, loose, luxurious locks on your wedding day, it’s a good idea to start growing your hair out now. While you certainly can use extensions on your wedding day for a fuller look, it’s often easiest and less expensive if you go au naturel. While you’re growing out your hair, be sure to get trims every so often as well as deep conditioning treatments to keep your locks healthy and shiny.
Get a Workout Buddy Whether it’s a fellow newly engaged friend, your significant other, even your mom, it’s a good idea to have a friend to exercise with and motivate you when you’d rather lounge on the couch watching Here Comes Honey Boo Boo than run laps. Even if you’re not trying to lose weight for your wedding day, it’s important to start an exercise routine to build stamina for the long night of dancing you have ahead of you.
Stay Healthy It’s important to take a multivitamin on a regular basis and stay hydrated by drinking at least eight eight-ounce glasses of water per day. By staying away from junk food, you’ll have more energy and your body will certainly thank you.
Maintain Your Hands and Feet Well-manicured hands will allow your gorgeous new ring to shine even more. Exfoliate and moisturize your hands (and feet!) regularly and indulge in manicures and pedicures when you can.
How are you getting your skin, hair, and body ready for your wedding day? Let us know in the comments.
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Brides look forward to their last night out as a single lady before their big day. But lately, brides have been opting out of the traditional bar hopping and switching to alternatives that get their heart pumping and sweat flowing. Sounds fun, right? Try a zumba class, a trip to a trapeze school, rock climbing, a ropes course or even train for a triathlon with your best friends. The truth is–you’ll barely be able to get out of bed the next morning, but without the hangover. What do you think? Let us know in the poll below.
By now we’ve all heard Doctor knows best…well, nurses also know a thing or two! LiveSmarter, a blog from The Online Nursing Degree Directory, has published The Pre-Wedding Health Guide: 25 Things Every Bride Should Do to Stay Healthy Before the Big Day to offer suggestions on how to stay healthy during this stressful time.
The top 4 tips include:
1. Eat Well
2. Take a Walk
3. Practice Good Posture
4. Eat some CHOCOLATE!!! – now that’s my kind of health tip!
Do you have any tips of your own?
Newsweek is running a long article on the pressures women are facing to look great for their wedding day and the negatives it can have when women try the wrong methods of weight loss. The article quotes one study that followed 272 engaged women studying their dieting patterns leading up to their wedding.
“The study found that most engaged women choose healthy ways to achieve their goals: they cut the junk from their diet and increase their exercise levels. But the researchers were distressed that more than 20 percent of the women they studied used methods they characterized as “extreme,” including skipping meals, going on liquid diets, fasting, or taking laxatives or unprescribed diet pills and supplements.”
It’s a good article to read if you’re feeling stressed to look like the brides in all the magazines you see on the news stands. You can read the full Newsweek article here.
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Every year I say I’m going to exercise and eat less over the Thanksgiving holiday and each year I do exactly what I set out not to. But who can blame me with all that’s on TV (Law and Order, CSI marathons) and let’s not forget about the great football games as well. But it’s Monday, which means it’s time to start working the extra calories off. So here’s a link to give you ideas on total body workouts from Women’s Health.com. If you have been working hard this year don’t let it go to waste just because it’s the holidays. Try these workouts or search for others, they have lots of great ideas to get you moving. And if your music is getting old, sample their playlists as well!