“I DO”… In 2009, more than 2 million couples in the U.S. said those two words to one another. And now the most highly anticipated wedding in decades is set for tomorrow. The royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton is a once in a generation event that will be watched all over the globe. As we all try to avoid the minute-by-minute media coverage of the royal pair, you are in the midst of receiving “save the date” and wedding invitations of your own.
The month of June is the most popular month for weddings so your family and friends have already licked, sealed, stamped and sent out those invitations. But who knows, maybe you’re the one sending out invites and preparing for your own extravagate day. Regardless of the situation, we all know that it will be a long day filled with laughter, happiness, food, drinks and plenty of dancing. Just make sure at the end of the night you still have enough energy to do the “Cha-Cha Slide.” Whether you’re a bride, groom or guest, MaxWell Medical is providing you with 5 exercises inspired by the royal wedding!
5 Exercises to Make you Wedding Day Ready!
If you happen to be one of the lucky few to receive an invitation to the royal wedding, then you should start practicing your bow to the Queen. Lunges are the perfect exercise to get you prepared to curtsey.
1. Lunges- Stand straight with your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees and lower body into a lunge position, keeping the front knee and back knee at 90 degree angles. Keeping the weight in your heels, push back up to starting position.
Recommend- Repeat 3-4 sets with at least 12-16 repetitions.
Grab your stilettos and make your way to the dance floor. Make sure you exercise those calf muscles so you will be well prepared to boogie down all night long.
2. Calf Raises- On a raised step, stand with your heel and arch hanging off the back of the step. Keep just the ball of your foot and toes on the step. Rise up on your toes as high as you can in a slow and controlled manner. Slowly return to your original position.
Recommend- Repeat 3-4 sets of 15 to 20 repetitions.
Traditionally, Jewish weddings celebrate “Hava Nagila” and lift the bride and groom up in chairs. Get your deltoids ready so you can avoid any “caught on camera” accidents.
3. Shoulder Press – This exercise can be done whether you are standing or sitting. Hold each dumbbell or barbell at shoulder height next to your shoulder, with your palms facing forward. Press the dumbbells straight up, and at arm’s length overhead. Avoid arching your back. Lower the weights slowly back to the starting position.
Recommend- Repeat 3-4 sets of 10 repetitions.
As you walk down the aisle you may have second thoughts, so get your track shoes ready just in case you need to be a runaway bride.
4. Jogging- Start off running at a slow light pace. Raise your knees with each step. Land on your heel and push off for the next step with the ball of your foot. Keep your arms relaxed and bent and swing them gently by your sides with each step. Swing each arm in tandem with the opposing leg.
Recommend- Run for at least 30 minutes to feel a good burn.
You may have to bulldoze some friends and throw elbows at family members, but it’ll all be worth when you stand victorious next to the other 40 single women hoping to catch the bouquet. This exercise will help you be triumphant as well as strengthen your core.
5. Medicine Ball Chest Pass- Stand on a balance disc with your feet shoulder width apart. Hold a medicine ball at chest level. You can either pass the medicine ball to a partner or throw it against a solid wall. Maintain your balance on the disc by keeping your core tight throughout the movement.
Recommend- Commit at least 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week.
Weddings can be intense. But, with these great exercises you can curtsey with the best of them, dance the night away to hava nagila, run off into the sunset and be the next to wed all while avoiding the royal wedding coverage. Make sure this wedding season doesn’t wear you out by incorporating some of these exercises into your daily routine. Whether you’re attending a wedding, planning a wedding, or running from one MaxWell Medical wants you to experience some WEDDING BLISS!