GUEST BLOGGER: Kim Schaper | Certified Trainer & Nutritionist
We all know when it comes to our “big day” we want to look our absolute best right? I mean who wants to feel like a bloated whale walking down the isle when all those eyes are on us? Sure, we can starve ourselves, eat only lettuce for two days or start a new juice cleanse to look like Angelina Jolie. But, let’s be honest, do we really want to be a B**** and scream and yell at our soon to be husband because we’re starving and all we want is that juicy cheeseburger we dreamt about last night? So let’s get down to it and be realistic with one another and do it the healthy way by eating well and exercising properly. Below are my top 5 tips that I suggest to really boost that metabolism, lose body fat and feel our best, not only in preparation for our wedding day but in living a healthy lifestyle.
1. Exercise daily. This doesn’t have to be anything hard core everyday. Just sweat and get your body moving. Make it fun and exciting by going for a bike ride or meeting for a nice walk with a friend.
2. Drink lots of water. Drinking clean water is vital for our health and well being. Our bodies are 80% water so we need it to function properly. Water also aids in weight loss and digestion. Make sure to drink half of your body weight in ounces so if you weigh 150lbs drink 75 oz. of water at a minimum to stay hydrated.
3. Eat lots of greens! Greens are your best friend and your body will thank you for eating them. Greens can be anything from spinach in a sandwich to broccoli at dinner time. They help neutralize your nervous system and play a significant positive role in your complexion, hair and nails.
4. Lift some weights. You don’t have to go crazy and think you have to be a bodybuilder to achieve this goal but you can incorporate them into your weekly regime. Lunges, squats, bicep curls, tricep kickbacks and shoulder presses are all wonderful ways to sculpt your body and rev up your metabolism. Muscle burns more calories at rest than fat so lift some weights to get that internal furnace fired up!
5. Engage in a pleasurable activity daily. This can be as simple as smelling flowers or writing to a friend. Emotional happiness is just as important as physical happiness so make sure to do something nice for yourself daily because you’re worth it!
Kim Schaper is a certified trainer and nutritionist in the Atlanta area. She’s written several articles that have even featured in Shape Magazine, Jezebel and Spry Living. Be sure to check out her website at www.kimschaper.com to hear her amazing journey towards wellness and recovery.