Staying In Shape As You Wait

These past few months have been hard on everyone and may have been extremely taxing on couples that have had to postpone their weddings, both domestic and international. While some couples have gone ahead and held a “minimony” (a small-scaled back wedding ceremony mainly comprised of the bride, groom, and officiant with guests tuned in on Zoom), many couples have opted to reschedule their weddings for 2021. Remaining in quarantine or being an essential worker, sad that your wedding you’ve been planning for forever has been postponed, can unfortunately lead to unhealthy habits which can possibly take a toll on your health…and your wedding dress! I spoke with Alacia Rester, a personal trainer and destination wedding bride, to discuss how couples can stay in shape mentally and physically as you wait on your rescheduled destination wedding.

Kendra & Alacia Rester

Bride: Alacia Rester
Wedding Date: 2/28/2020
Location: Cancun, Mexico
Venue: Now Sapphire Resort
Occupation: RN and a NASM- CPT (12 years), Personal Trainer (6 years), Certified Reiki Master Practitioner (4 years).

Q: Why is exercise so important in these times?
A: Exercise is so important during these times to help keep our minds on track! It’s easy to feel discouraged, depressed, and confused during this COVID-19 quarantine time, but by exercising we release endorphins into our system which makes us feel happy and increase our sense of well being!! We need to get exercise in some way to sustain our life and well-being!

Q: What is a quick 30-minute workout a couple can do together?
A: I’d recommend doing a HIIT style workout together with body weight.

10-minute jog warm-up couple push ups– face each other and do push-ups. Each time you go up you high five alternate hands

Ab ball game– sit facing each other a couple of feet apart and legs elevated and leaning back. Use a small weighted ball to pass back and forth to each other- whoever lets their feet or legs down first loses!

Partner squats– facing each other and holding hands squat down and up- 20 reps

Ab work– One person Lie back on the floor
One person stands above the person legs up and down by the person on the floor- the person standing up pushes the legs down

All exercises repeated for 4 cycles
45 seconds work/ 15 seconds rest

Q: What exercises do you recommend for the essential workers?
A: For the essential worker it’s really important to stretch. Stretching Is underrated! Essential workers are on their feet all day and through to the night. Stretching will help prevent the lower back pain and ailments of a stiff body. Stretching will also help to prevent injury. Next after stretching I’d recommend the essential worker do something fun like dancing, skating, cycling. Or HIIT! Anything to get that heart rate up and release those endorphins!

Q: Final alterations are done and the dress is in their possession. What tips can you offer brides to be so they can still fit in their dress when their rescheduled date comes?
A: Water, water, water!!! Especially before meals! 17 ounces before a meal can really help promote weight loss and also keep you hydrated and glowing from the inside out! Your weight: The first step to knowing how much water to drink every day is to know your weight. The amount of water a person should drink varies on their weight, which makes sense because the more someone weighs the more water they need to drink. A two hundred pound man and 100-pound woman require different amounts of water every day.

Multiply by 2/3: Next you want to multiply your weight by 2/3 (or 67%) to determine how much water to drink daily. For example, if you weighed 175 pounds you would multiply that by 2/3 and learn you should be drinking about 117 ounces of water every day.
Activity Level: Finally you will want to adjust that number based on how often you work out since you are expelling water when you sweat. You should add 12 ounces of water to your daily total for every 30 minutes that you work out. So if you work out for 45 minutes daily, you would add 18 ounces of water to your daily intake.

Photocred: Adventure Photos at Now Sapphire; Shutterstock

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