BRIDES' 30 Day Wedding Shape-Up Challenge: Day 4, Perfect Your Posture

30 Day Wedding Shape Up Day 4

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This is it... The final countdown to your big day. And along with settling those last few details — figuring out where to seat your eccentric Uncle Carl, firming up the flowers, deciding on your first dance song — you're likely also making one last push to make sure the body that will be wearing that gorgeous white gown looks as good as it possibly can. You and nearly every other woman with an engagement ring on her finger. In fact, research shows that an overwhelming 91 percent of brides-to-be are anxious about their weight. But from here on out, you won't have to be!

Whether you want to drop those last few pounds or look more toned — or both — we've got a month's worth of daily tips (none of which require starving yourself or working out nonstop!) that will help you feel stunning and confident when you walk down that aisle. You know where to send the thank-you card. Let's get started!

Day 4: Perfect Your Posture

Standing up straighter may not be high on your list of priorities right now, but here's why it should be: Good posture instantly makes you look up to 10 pounds thinner, and research shows it also boosts your mood, confidence and even your attractiveness. What bride wouldn't want all of those things as she walks down the aisle?

This simple move, from Pete McCall, an exercise physiologist and personal trainer in San Diego, will have you standing taller in no time. And it does wonders for your abs, too. Here's what to do...

Stand with your feet hip-width apart and reach your arms straight up overhead. Keep your spine long and tall and push your hips forward as you extend your arms behind your head (but don't arch your back). Do this 12 to 15 times in a slow, rhythmic movement, then rest for 30 seconds and repeat. Do three to four sets.

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"This subtle exercise lengthens your abdominal muscles and is an extremely effective way to strengthen your core muscles and transform your posture," says McCall. You'll look even more statuesque in those killer four-inch heels.

Just getting started on our 30 Day Wedding Shape-Up? Kick off your journey from Day One, here.

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