While a wonderful occasion for all the family, a wedding in the Philippines is a very serious business and often quite stressful for the bride. There are so many things to think of: the venue - beach or the church (86% of Filipinos are Catholics and 8% of various Christian denominations); the reception; the list of guests including our extended families; the bridal entourage; and of course the custom-made wedding dress. As the bride to be, your wedding day is probably the most important event in your life so it is natural that you want to look stunning.
Everything must look fabulous from your dress and shoes, down to your makeup and silhouette. Why not consider a bride boot camp before the big day and enjoy the benefits of a vigorous training program? A boot camp can help you get in shape for the wedding, fit into that lovely dress, de-stress and prepare for the rigors of marital life. Here are reasons why a boot camp makes sense before walking down the aisle.
Improves Fitness Levels
There is no doubt about it. Boot camps are rigorous and can even be harsh. It is not for the faint-hearted. But brides to be are often the most determined especially when it comes to losing weight or getting fit. A special mix of aerobics and strength training can be tailor-made for you while in camp to get rid of those unwanted pounds quickly. Some camps offer an integrated approach working with a nutritionist or a dietician to ensure that you are losing weight in a healthy and safe way. Besides, getting fit benefits you even in the long run when you’ll be starting a family and begin chasing after kids.
Plus, you need to look your best to keep the buzz alive in the bedroom. Kidding aside, a fit bride is fit for life. A study done by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) on the effectiveness of boot camps revealed that workouts enhance the significant burning of calories and increase muscle mass so the chances of you looking svelte on your wedding day are high.
Enhances Self-Esteem and Confidence
The prevailing motives for exercise among Filipinos are weight management and positive health & fitness levels (Cagas et al, 2014). It is not only the physical condition that improves when you go on a bride boot camp, you are also boosting your self-confidence. It takes guts and discipline to follow a strict program and perform demanding and strenuous activities all in the name of fitness. But hey, you are also enhancing your self-confidence and maturity by coping with everything that’s expected of you at camp, so it is a win-win situation.
Sure, it is great to look your best on your wedding day, but there are other benefits of going to bride boot camp apart from shedding weight. You learn coping strategies because planning a wedding is by itself, an extremely stressful affair. If you are getting cold feet and bride jitters, training programs can help you relax and direct your anxiety at something more productive. As a bride to be, you learn to spend time for yourself and focus on what that new life will be.
Going to a bridal boot camp might be a great option to keep you fit and relaxed before the big day. But lest you forget, it is a rigorous series of activities and if you are not up for the challenges, then you should choose a tailor-made program where you can set your expectations based on what you are capable of.
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Jane Sandwood is a content manager for a small fitness and nutrition site and a professional freelance writer with over 10 years’ experience in many fields. Jane has a particular interest in issues relating to diet, nutrition, and fitness.
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