When schedules are stretched to the limit (sound familiar, brides?), fitness is all too often the first to be sacrificed. Too bad, since exercise can do wonders in managing stress and keeping energy levels up, says L.A. trainer Ashley Borden. The same way you arrange meetings with wedding vendors, so should you schedule time to exercise. Borden recommends penciling fitness right into your wedding planner and keeping a progress journal. "Write down when you worked out and what you did," says Borden. As you continue training, seeing what you’ve already done will make you feel fantastic.
- Look beyond the classic relaxers like yoga and Pilates. Higher energy- and calorie-burning activities like hiking or Rollerblading will also give you calming "me time," which is so necessary in the months leading up to your wedding.
- At the gym, focusing on complicated moves in classes like kickboxing or aerobics will help keep your mind off wedding planning annoyances.
- Plan exercise with not one but two workout buddies. "I always do this," says Borden. "If one flakes out, I can rely on the other and won’t end up just blowing it off altogether."