How Real Couples Got Fit for Their Wedding Day

Relationships, Wellness
Get In Shape for Couple Work Outs

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Couples that work out together, stay together! Not only is going for a run or hitting the gym with your loved one a great way to fit in some quality time, but you'll also feel much more connected and in sync with each other afterwards, both physically and emotionally. So if you're looking for a fun and effective way to get in shape for your big day, why not consider these kickass partner exercises from real brides and grooms? Hey, it can't hurt.

Enlist the help of a trainer
"We started working out with a trainer a few months before we got married. Normally, I'm more into yoga and he's more into the gym, but we had so much fun together working out, plus it really did strengthen our relationship. On the weekends we went hiking and even created our own boot camp and did it together the days leading up to the wedding. We now go back to our trainer and do a fun boot camp together on Fridays, and we actually look forward to it." — Katie

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Get your yoga on
"My husband and I did Bikram Yoga for months leading up to our wedding. It was such an amazing workout, slimmed us down for the wedding and was a spiritual journey that we were able to experience together. We went two to three times a week. Plus, the class is so demanding on your body, you naturally want to eat clean so that helped with getting fit as well." — Ashley

Make a healthy lifestyle change
"We went to the gym three times a week together and on our days off we would ride our bikes after work or walk and talk about our days. Our weekends also became filled with active things, such as exploring new bike trails. Really though, it was nutrition that played a key role in our collective 70 pound pre-wedding weight loss. Instead of pasta or frozen pizzas, grilled chicken and veggies or quiche became our go-to quick meals. Losing weight not only helped us to find new hobbies and activities we both enjoyed, but it also encouraged us to cook together. I used to whine that my husband would come home and sleep on the couch until dinnertime. Nowadays, though, I couldn't even get him to take a nap!" — Lauren

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Use a fitness motivation tool
"My wife and I set a goal to get fit before our wedding last August by using the fitness motivation tool TeamActivist.org. You create your own personal fitness goal and then choose a charity to raise money for upon completion of that goal. It was extremely motivating once my friends and family had pledged money to our charity so we both made sure to complete our goal. Everyone was really supportive especially because we chose charities relating to breast cancer and explained that my wife's aunt is a survivor. It was a win/win and a great conversation starter with guests that we hadn't seen in a while." — Chris

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