PUBLISHED: 05:20 23 February 2015
A wedding date is just the motivation needed to get in shape. But where to start? Jo Malone looks at some of the options.
If reaching your ideal shape is something you’ve always planned to get around to, there’s nothing like a wedding to concentrate the mind! Six months is enough time to make a difference, but even six weeks’ work can strengthen and tone muscles; you can learn to walk tall so you feel – and therefore look – amazing.
Time for action
To kick-start a get in shape campaign, try a week-long action-packed boot camp such as No1 Bootcamp in north Norfolk. It has camps in Ibiza, France and Marbella too and fans include Made in Chelsea’s Spencer Matthews and Binky Felstaed, Darren Day and Sophie Anderton.
Bikram Yoga is yoga in a heated environment, and suitable for all fitness levels, says Jennifer Moss of Bikram Yoga Norwich, who offers a special bride-to-be package.
The series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises works every muscle, and benefits of a regular practice include weight loss, improved muscle tone, stress relief and increased energy. She explains that attending once a week will make a difference, and brides who do a bikram yoga workout at least four times a week will see significant changes in their bodies.
The £99 bride-to-be package gives a yoga mat and bag and 45 consecutive days of unlimited yoga for the bride and one friend. Classes available seven days a week. www.bikramyoganorwich.co.uk
Struggling with motivation? Persuade a friend to join you. It’s easier to get out for a power walk, swim, run, cycle ride or fitness class if someone else is relying on you.
Or get a personal trainer. They’ll not only design an achievable fitness programme but they’ll make sure you stick to it. Ask at the gym or look for one registered with the Register of Exercise Professionals.
No time? Even one Alexander Technique lesson will improve your posture and show you how to stand so you’ll look your best on the day. Find a qualified Norfolk teacher at www.stat.org.uk
Check out some of the different classes at health clubs. There’s typically a good mixture from aquarobics, swimming lengths and circuit training to Pilates, aerobics, spinning and ab workouts. Many also have classes in the current crazes such as pole fusion, boxfit, kettlebells and high intensity interval training (short, hard workouts) or look out for KTroo, where participants use kangaroo style rebound boots to bounce their way to fitness (find Norfolk’s classes at www.facebook.com/ktrooktroo).
Try ballroom, zumba, ballet, aerobic dance classes or the dance fitness classes at venues around Norwich led by Anne Francis who mixes Nia, yoga, dance, relaxation, healthy eating and dance beats; www.dancefitnessnorfolk.co.uk
Shake it up
The X-it Vibration Plate firms up wobbly bits without any hard work. Users stand on a small platform, hold on and the shakes begin! The vibrations help weight and cellulite loss. Find it at beauty salons such as Waterlily Tanning and Beauty in Timber Hill, Norwich.