With all eyes on you as you walk down the aisle, you'll want to feel your absolute best on your wedding day – not to mention look spectacular in your bridal gown! Whether you're looking to slim down, tone up, or simply blow off wedding-planning stress, developing a pre-wedding exercise routine is a must for any bride. Muscle-building exercises can be practiced at home, and by making small adjustments to your diet, you can feel more energetic in the weeks leading up to your big day. Though you may feel exhausted after a tough workout, staying active actually improves your mood and helps you feel rejuvenated in time for the celebration.
To help you get the most out of your workout, we've compiled our favorite functional – and stylish – exercise gear. After all, working out is more fun with cool accessories, right? Check out the bride-friendly tools and clothing below; then, grab your sneakers and get moving!
The BlenderBottle ProStak keeps your workout fuel organized and portable. As you shake the bottle, a wire whisk ball evenly mixes protein powder and supplements into your smoothies and protein shakes. Detachable trays, ideal for storing pills, vitamins, and powders, connect to the bottom of the bottle for easy storage – perfect for brides on the go. BlenderBottle ProStak ($13.99) and Jar Expansion Pack ($8.99/3 jars); blenderbottle.com.
The vibrating Vyper Roller works to warm up the body before a workout, increase circulation, and lengthen muscles for greater flexibility. The device includes three speed settings and can be used on the legs, back, shoulders, and feet for all-over relief. In addition to using the product before or after a workout, this product is sure to alleviate the stress on your body caused by wedding planning. $199; hyperice.com.
Pictured (left to right): "Lori" zippered sports bras, "Chelsea" tights, "Rockell" tights
Every workout requires cute workout gear! Vie Active's tights and sports bras feature sweat-wicking fabric, flat seams, and compression technology that promotes enhanced circulation. Choose from cropped or ankle-length tights and low- or high-necked bras in a variety of patterns to look and feel your best during bridal boot camp classes. Bras (starting at $65) and tights (starting at $98); vieactivewear.com.
Fit To Be Bride: The Complete Wedding Workout
Fit To Be Bride: The Complete Wedding Workout is tailor-made workout book to help brides look and feel fit and fabulous on their wedding days. Author and personal trainer Bonne Marcus shares exercises designed to enhance different dress styles, and she also reveals her workout plan that burns fat and builds muscle in time for your walk down the aisle. $14.95; amazon.com.
Pair your stylish exercise pants with cute, functional socks by Shashi. The mesh panel on the top of the sock keeps feet cool, while grippers on the bottom prevent slipping. The socks were originally designed for wear during yoga and pilates classes, but they also pair perfectly with running shoes and gym footwear for other workouts. Prices start at $16/pair; shashionline.com.
O'Neill 365 Activewear
Pictured (left to right): "Peace" light layer top, "Surge" leggings, "Camarillo" capri
Surf and swimwear brand O'Neill offers stylish activewear including sports bras, leggings, tops, and swimsuit-style pieces. The gear, which is trendy enough for brides to wear when dashing from dress fittings to makeup trials, is quick drying, breathable, and stretchy for easy movement. $39.50 - $94; us.oneill.com.
Bridal Boot Camp
Exhale Spa, which has locations around the country, promises to whip brides into shape with their Bridal Boot Camp. The six-week program includes Core Fusion and yoga classes, check-ins with a Mind Body Manager, three facials, and a 60-minute massage. A 12-week option is also available to provide brides with even more time to tone up. Six-week program ($680) and 12-week program ($975); exhalespa.com/lifestyle/brides.
Brazilian Samba Basics with Gisella Ferreira
Get fit while learning sexy moves that will impress your sweetheart on the dance floor! In the Brazilian Samba Basics DVD, professional samba dancer and teacher Gisella Ferreira demonstrates seven basic samba steps as well as a "samba in the round." Gisella also offers private classes in Los Angeles for brides and the special ladies in their lives (of all ages!) who want to let loose and get energized before the big day. If you ever wished to shimmy and shake like the dancers at Carnival or on So You Think You Can Dance, Gisella offers convenient, fun instruction for beginners. DVD ($35), digital download ($25), private lessons available upon request; gisellasambista.com.