*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 — 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 26: Add Some Fun (And Effective!) Toning Moves To Your Routine
"The combination of these exercises gives you a metabolic boost and hits just about every muscle in your body," says exercise physiologist Neal Pire, a spokesperson for the American College of Sports Medicine. Get to it, girl.
Bear Crawls: Get down on all fours, hover knees just above the floor and crawl forward on your hands and feet, keeping your body as low to the ground as possible. Try two sets of 20.
Lateral Crawls: Get down on all fours, hover knees just above the floor and walk right hand and foot out to the side, followed by your left hand and foot. Do 10 lateral walks to the right, then switch directions and do 10 reps to the left. Do two sets.
Crab Walks: Sit on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat; place your hands behind you, fingertips facing your butt. Lift hips off the floor and walk your hands and feet, moving backward for 10 reps (keep hips up high as you "walk"), then do 10 moving forward. Do two sets.
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