Get in Shape for Your Big Day

Hey, we love you just the way you are! But if you want to look ab­so­lutely stun­ning in your wed­ding dress, you might want to fo­cus ton­ing some ar­eas in your body ac­cord­ing the wed­ding dress type. In this ar­ti­cle, we have got your ticket to a toned, wed­ding

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Fit-and-Flare Dress

This type of gown mim­ics the shape of an hour­glass, so you will want to fo­cus your ex­er­cise on the mid­sec­tion area of your body. 1. Twis­ter Crunch Step 1: Sit on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat. Hold each end of the band out in front of your chest with your arms ex­tended at slightly more than shoul­der-width apart. Step 2: Lean your up­per body back­ward about 45 de­grees and lift your legs off the ground un­til your calves are par­al­lel to the floor. Ro­tate the up­per body to your right, swing­ing your hands around to fol­low your body. Your right hand should reach about two inches from the floor. Re­peat to the left. Do 10 rep­e­ti­tions. Area Worked: Ab­dom­i­nal, side torso Equip­ment: A re­sis­tance band 2. Plank Pose Step 1: Lie face down. Rest on your fore­arms with your el­bows di­rectly un­der your shoul­ders and your palms flat on the floor. Step 2: Push up off the floor and onto your toes (feet to­gether) while rest­ing on your el­bows. Keep your back flat and in a straight line. Tighten your abs by pulling your navel up and in slightly. Avoid stick­ing your butt in the air or let­ting your back sag. Hold for 30 sec­onds. Lower and re­peat. Try for five reps. Area Worked: Whole-body work­out, with em­pha­sis on up­per abs Equip­ment: A yoga mat

Open-Back Dress

This type of gown re­veals your toned back and shoul­der to the world, so it’s in­evitable that you start fo­cus­ing with hand weights ex­er­cises. 1. Shoul­der Shrugs Step 1: Stand with your feet hip-width apart, arms at your sides (palms in) and your knees slightly bent. Hold one weight in each hand. Step 2: Slowly shrug your shoul­ders up to­ward your ears, keep­ing your arms straight. Hold for three counts and re­lease. Re­peat 10 times. Area Worked: Up­per back muscle Equip­ment: Three kilo­grams dumbbell 2. Bent-Over Dumbbell Rows Step 1: Stand with your legs hip-width apart and hold your weights with a palms-in grip. Keep your back straight and bend for­ward at the waist with your knees slightly bent. Step 2: Ex­tend your arms straight down. Pull the dumb­bells to­ward your chest. Keep your el­bows close to your sides and pull with your back mus­cles while rais­ing el­bows as high as pos­si­ble. Step 3: Slowly lower your arms back to the start­ing po­si­tion. Try for 15 reps. Area Worked: The mid­dle part of your back Equip­ment: Two kilo­grams dumbbell

Strap­less Dress

The col­lar­bone is the star in this wed­ding dress type, so you will want to work both your shoul­ders and arms to tone up the area.

Ex­er­cise:

1. Stand­ing Dumbbell Curls Step 1: Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your knees slightly bent, hold­ing your weights with a palms­for­ward grip. Ex­tend your arms so they rest in front of your thighs. Step 2: Keep your el­bows close to the side of your body and curl the weights up us­ing your bi­ceps, making sure to keep your shoul­ders down and back. Step 3: Lower the dumb­bells slowly to the start po­si­tion with­out al­low­ing them to rest on your thighs or lock­ing your el­bows. Aim for 15 reps. Area Worked: Bi­ceps Equip­ment: A 2-kilo­gram dumbbell

2. Seated Dumbbell Press Step 1: Sit on the chair or ex­er­cise ball with your feet flat. Hold a dumbbell in each hand at shoul­der level with your palms fac­ing for­ward. Step 2: Press the dumb­bells up un­til your arms are fully ex­tended over your head. Step 3: Lower your arms so your el­bows form a 90-de­gree an­gle, keep­ing the shoul­ders away from your ears, then re­peat. Do 15 reps. Area Worked: Shoul­ders Equip­ment: A 3-kilo­gram dumbbell and a sturdy chair (or if you have one, a large ex­er­cise ball).

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