So you have decided to get married and have named the big day. You are feeling really happy and excited but your head is spinning from all the preparations that need to be made. One of the most important things is for you to not only look good but to feel good. To do that you must ensure you are fit and healthy. Keep in mind that long after your big day, the food, flowers, cake and entertainment will be just a vague memory. On the other hand, your photograph on the wall will be a reminder forever.

The weeks and months leading up to the big day can be some of the most stressful… there are endless details to take care of, friends, relatives and vendors to deal with and of course, the perfect dress to find. With just a few weeks to go, you do not have time to take on a large-scale diet and exercise regimen to improve your body but you can surely work on getting better and fitter to look good in your dress.

So what should a premarital workout consist of? Whether or not you have weight to lose, a nutritious eating plan, cardiovascular exercise and strength training will be the key in achieving the look you desire. Here are 5 tips:

Develop healthy eating habits 
Cut out all the junk food from your life, such as fatty fast foods, chips, doughnuts and chocolate bars. Don't try and starve yourself to lose weight that is one of the worst things you could do. You will just end up feeling weak and ill. Trying to cut down drastically on food will only lead to short term weight loss and when you go back to eating normally you will just put the weight back on and probably end up putting on even more weight than before. The reason for this is, when we cut down on food the metabolism slows down and the body goes into starvation mode.

(a) Eat regular small meals 4-5 times a day.
(b) Do not don't skip breakfast.
(c) Eat healthy food that nourishes your body and makes you feel energized like complex carbohydrates and proteins required for recovery and healing process.
(d) You should also aim to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables throughout the day.

Good sources of protein include lean meats, fish, egg whites, dairy products, beans and rice. Complex carbohydrates include whole-wheat bread, whole-wheat pasta, multigrain cereal and potatoes.

Important: For the two weeks prior to your big day, incorporate a diet that is rich in antioxidant rich foods, such as deeply colored vegetables. You also want to stay away from red meat. Instead, eat fish and white meat like chicken. This will help you to drop off any excess weight, including water weight, so you can look amazing.

Cardiovascular exercise
Your weight-loss goal should be no more than an average of 1 kg a week. More will steal much-needed energy and rob your body of beautiful lean muscle, leaving you looking like a sickly bride in your wedding photographs. Exercising will make you feel good too because during exercise the brain releases endorphins which are chemicals in the brain that make us feel uplifted.

What to do:

(a) Go for a run, one of the best ways to tone up your legs and your buttocks.
(b) Another way to improve your looks in the wedding dress is to do some dancing. Dancing is a fantastic way to improve the muscle tone on your body. In addition, it can help you to get ready for your fantastic day.
(c) Start with watching some exercise dance DVDs and start following them.
(d) You should do aerobic training exercise regimens a minimum of three times per week for at least 30 minutes at a time. Aerobic exercises include walking, biking, jogging, swimming, aerobic classes and dancing.

Tone your muscles
While the style of your wedding lehenga will dictate your strength-training focus, remember you can't spot-reduce but you can spot-strengthen. This training should target the area of your body your dress draws attention to and highlights. For example, if you are wearing a strapless choli, you should be targeting your shoulders and arm muscles. Your muscles are important for several reasons. First, they are easily seen. Second, lean muscles burn stored fat fast. To do this use some light weight-training exercises. You want to focus on your abdominal muscles, your arms and your legs, all of which will likely be easily seen in your dress. Tone up these muscles by working them with dumbbells over the next two weeks.

(a) Make sure to start off gently and warm up first.
(b) Don't overdo it and go mad because that can do more harm than good. Just start off with say ten minutes a day and gradually build up from there.
(c) You should do resistance-training exercises, such as weight lifting, at least twice a week for a minimum of 30 minutes per session.

Drink lots of water
We all need water to be healthy and drinking more water will hydrate your body and make you feel good. Try and drink at least 3 litres of water a day.

(a) Cut out all the sugary drinks and limit the amount of tea and coffee that you drink.
(b) Fizzy cola drinks are very bad because they contain so much sugar. Try fruit juice instead.
(c) If you take sugar in tea or coffee, try and cut down on the sugar gradually and you will be surprised to find that very soon you are losing your taste for sugar.

Take a break and plenty of rest
Sure, you have a million and one things to get done, but you need to take time to relax. Get your hair, nail and skin care services done. Don’t forget that massage especially targeting your back or feet. Aromatherapy can be incorporated to promote relaxation and rejuvenation. You’ll be better able to deal with any wedding last minute arrangements if you have had enough sleep. The amount of sleep you need varies from person to person, but make sure you’re getting enough to function at full capacity during the day.

(a) Make an effort to incorporate physical activity into your day to promote a good night’s sleep.
(b) Exercise is a great stress reliever. Whether you get out and go for a run, hit the gym for an aerobics class or take the dog for a walk, physical activity can help put things back in perspective.