These small healthy hacks will make a major impact in the run-up to your wedding day. Read them now to get a healthy body and mind ready for that all-important big day
1. Make some goals
Open that shiny New-Year notepad and write down what you want to achieve by W-day and how you plan to do it. Whether it’s toning up, eating better or relaxing more, writing it down helps put your plan into action.
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2. Pedal power
An energetic cycle before and after work burns fat, clears your mind and beats stress. Plus, you’ll save on transport – bingo!
3. Press the reset button
Busy mind? Learn to clear your thoughts at how-to-meditate.org
4. Embrace Hygge
Wedding planning can start to take over your life, so when it all gets a bit much, relax Danish-style and light some candles, put on a good film and snuggle up under a chunky blanket.
5. Do meat-free Mondays (and Wednesdays!)
Swap the odd meat meal for veg-packed salads, soups or stir frys to reduce your saturated fat intake and boost energy.
6. Snack on celery
It’s official – celery is calorie negative! This means it burns more calories than it provides when you eat it, so ditch the Pringles and switch to celery when you’re tucking into that hummus.
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7. Borrow a doggy
Pets help reduce stress and encourage exercise. Sign up to borrowmydoggy.com and befriend a pooch!
8. Wake up to water and lemon
Make it your mission to ditch the caffeine and kick start your digestive system with warm water and freshly-squeezed lemon.
9. Buddy up
You’re less likely to skip gym classes if you’ve got a friend encouraging you to go. Find a workout buddy to keep you motivated.
10. Go coco loco
Cook with coconut oil to boost your metabolism and immune system. Don’t like the taste? Choose the refined version.
11. Don’t forget date night!
Planning a wedding can take its toll on you both, so to keep your relationship happy, promise to spend quality time together at least once a week.
12. Follow The Body Coach
Follow Lean in 15 author Joe Wicks on Instagram for meal ideas that are quick, easy and packed with goodness.
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13. Sleep… it’s magic!
An early night can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, make your brain more alert and even help you lose weight. Make sure your bedroom is an oasis of calm to aid the zzzzs.
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14. Get spicy
Add super-spice turmeric to your curries – it’s proven to fight illness and depression.
15. Do H2O
Drink as much water as you can and, for extra health points, make like Miranda Kerr and buy an alkaline filter for your tap.
16. NEVER skip breakfast
Headachey by 11am? It’s probably your blood sugar levels crashing. Get organised and prep your porridge or granola the night before.
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17. Make time for yourself
Reboot your brain with some time alone – it’ll give you clarity for all those important wedding decisions.
18. Hit the HIIT
Short bursts of high-intensity exercise burns more fat – great if you’re short on time!
19. Fuel your fitness
Eat one hour before workouts to improve their effectiveness – try eggs, bananas, Greek yoghurt or dried fruit.
20. Learn to breathe
Work + wedding = burnout? Try the Breathe2Relax app and learn how to de-stress with simple breathing exercises.
21. Beat the wedding stress
Download the Calm app and incorporate mini relaxation sessions into your day.
22. Track your progress
Monitor your activity level using the Health app on your iPhone. Aim for 10,000 steps every day.
23. Weights first, cardio after
When you’re in the gym, tone your muscles when you have the most amount of energy, then hit the treadmill to burn fat.
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24. Actually do yoga
Stop looking at pics of toned celebs doing impossible poses on Instagram and actually go book that class!
25. Eat eggs!
They’re full of healthy fats and protein, so they keep you full for ages. Poach them for breakfast and serve with skin-saviour smoked salmon. Yum!
27. Wine is for weekends
As hard as it might be, cutting out school-night drinking will save you money and improve your skin’s radiance.
28. Switch to sweet potato
Make sure you’re in tip-top health for the big day and swap white potatoes for immune-boosting sweet ones.
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29. Get lean
Want long, ballerina-like limbs (so that’ll be everyone, then)? Try the dance-ballet-pilates hybrid, barrecore which promises to strengthen, lengthen and chisel the body.
30. Jump to it
Join in with the trampolining trend and have a giggle while getting fit! Try flipout.co.uk
31. Repeat affirmations
Boost confidence with positive mantras. Repeat five daily to feel empowered and assured.
32. Please don’t stop the music
Got the winter blues? Music releases mood-boosting dopamine, so make playlists for your daily commute.
33. Get up, stand up
Kick-start your metabolism and give your eyes a break by getting up from your desk every half an hour, and always leave the office for lunch.
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34. Eat, don’t juice
Juicing reduces fibre content (which is essential for digestive health), so chop up a fruit salad for lunch instead.
35. Upgrade your tea
Matcha is 10 times more powerful than green tea plus it burns calories and boosts energy. It’s a no-brainer…
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37. Get organised
Wasting calories and cash at Pret every day? Make a promise to organise a packed lunch before bed each night.
38. The gift of touch
Feeling worried about the wedding? Ask the husband-to-be for a massage – it’s proven to reduce anxiety.
39. Eat mindfully
Don’t scoff snacks on the go… stop and think about what you’re eating and how you’re eating it.
40. Go for a health check
Always tired or snuffly? You could have mild allergies. Talk to your GP about allergy testing.
41. Don’t be a control freak
Weddings require manpower! To really beat stress – delegate, delegate, delegate.
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42. Adopt adaptogens
Ginseng, liquorice, holy basil… these magic herbs combat stress and boost wellbeing.
43. Try camu camu
These Amazonian berries contain more Vitamin C than anything else on the planet – eat, then wait for the glow!
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44. Stop saying ‘yes’
Being a people pleaser is all good and well, but when you have a wedding to plan, saying ‘no’ is sometimes essential.
45. Boost your roast
Add garlic to your roast chicken and veg – this everyday superfood protects against colds and has anti-ageing powers.
46. Grow your own salads
It’s fun, rewarding and healthier than buying it in the supermarket. Start simple with basil, tomatoes, mint and lettuce.
47. Check your posture
Pull in your core muscles, hold your head high and lift your chest to improve backache and look instantly slimmer – result!
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48. Eat the rainbow
Are you eating enough colour? It’s a good sign you’re eating healthily. If not, add peppers, baby spinach, or other bright fruit and veg.
49. Watch and squat
Do squats and lunges during ad breaks – it’s a fun way to fit in extra exercise and tone your bum!
50. Learn a new skill
Sign up for a wedding workshop and boost your confidence while meeting new people – it’s a win, win.
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