The best way to de-stress on your wedding day may just be exercise. Whether you're planning a vinyasa class for two or a doubles tournament with your entire guest list, these five tips will help you keep the rest of your big day on track post-workout.
Leave time to beautify: To figure out how long you'll need, work backward from when your photographer is scheduled to arrive. How long will you need to decompress? Take a shower? Do your hair and makeup? Put on your dress? Get to the ceremony? Whatever number you get, play it safe and add an hour.
Prepare for sun: Tan lines are not your friend, so if you're getting physical outdoors, slather on your favorite sunscreen half an hour before your workout—and reapply often. Post-exercise, be sure to wash the sunscreen off completely before applying makeup to avoid a sticky surface.
Eat something, already: Many brides say they're too nervous to eat. But this is not the day to skip meals, particularly if you'll be working out, says nutritionist Oz Garcia: "You don't want to go into the church hypoglycemic." Garcia recommends Greek yogurt with berries, slivered almonds, and honey for breakfast.
Consider the hairstyle: You'll probably want to shampoo your hair after you exercise, so be sure to leave plenty of time to wash, condition, and apply product before your hairstylist arrives. If he has to wash it for you, it'll cost more!
Make memories: Planning a group activity? Trust us, you will want photos. If you can afford it, ask your photographer to come early. If not, ask your guests to upload their pics to a private Facebook group or a photo-sharing site like Flickr.