I will admit I have been neglecting my fitness blog lately...because I'm planning my wedding!! It is so very exciting AND so very time consuming...But I thought I could incorporate my wedding planning into a helpful blog entry for other brides (and grooms).
Anyone who has ever planned a wedding knows that a lot of time, energy, and money go into making that one day spectacular. The key phrase here is "ONE day." While it is necessary to take the time to properly prepare for such an important event, it can be dangerous to put so much focus on a single day. What about all the other days that follow? What about a whole life of being married to your new spouse? I am trying to keep a healthy perspective by looking at the big picture. I want to prepare for a marriage, not just for a wedding. And in regards to exercise, it is easy to find reasons to get fit (besides looking awesome when you walk down the aisle…which is also important.;) ).
1 - Stress relief
As a bride you are researching vendors, juggling guest lists, spending way too much money, and still expected to exercise and eat right in your “spare time.”
This is a joyful time in your life, but yes, it can be stressful.
One of the best ways to relieve stress is to stay physically active.
When you exercise your brain releases increased levels of the feel good neurotransmitters called endorphins. Your mood is instantly lifted.
Also, repetitive movement (such as yoga, swimming, or running) often creates a kind of meditation for the mind. You are focused on the movements and the breath, allowing the to-do lists and worries melt away.
2 - Stronger immune system
With all the things to take care of and the big day approaching, the last thing you need is to get sick. You want to stay in optimal health. People who exercise have few colds and illnesses because of an increase in macrophages, the cells that fight off bacteria and viruses. Don’t add “make a doctor’s appointment” to the checklist.
3 - Better sex
This is such an awesome time for you and your partner. It’s official— you have found the love of your life! Enjoy it! Daily moderate exercise will increase cardio endurance, flexibility, and strength—all things that are helpful in the bedroom.
Women who exercise are more likely to orgasms. Plus, your self confidence and body image improves when you exercise, so you may be in the mood more often.
4 - Easier transition into motherhood
I know this one may not be for everyone, but if you see yourself having children in the future, it is important start exercising yesterday. Not only will increased strength help during pregnancy and childbirth, it will also make it easier to get rid of the baby belly after the little one is born. Flexibility training will help to open the hips for the birth, and will relieve some of the aches and pains that come with the territory of living in a changing body. In addition, breath work, moderate activity, and meditation help with the stressful moments experienced in postnatal life.
5 - Longevity
This is the most important reason the keep up with your fitness routine! You want to live a long, happy life with your new spouse. You want to stay as healthy as you can for as long as you can. Daily exercise decreases risk or heat disease, diabetes, stroke, and certain cancers. Your joints, muscles, and vital organs will stay functioning longer, and your mental well being is protected when you stay active. Start exercising now! It shows respect and love for yourself and for your future husband.