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Stay Healthy While Planning Your Wedding

6 Tips to Stay Fit, Healthy & Happy


Keep healthy snacks handy. Pack a trail mix, dry cereal, granola, energy bar, or small yogurt. And of course, apples are easy to carry too! Whatever your tastes, just make sure you’re not skipping meals. Studies show that skipping meals leads to a crash in blood sugar levels, making you crave sweets, leading to overeating later on.

For more healthy eating and snack ideas, browse through the Nutrition Resource Center.

Rest is best
Getting a good night’s sleep has its obvious benefits—more energy throughout the day, and reduced stress levels. But if your mind is working overtime from all the planning, sleep may not come so easy. Try taking a few minutes before bedtime to stretch. Stretching is relaxing. Count slowly and take deep breaths; this will help you relax and fall asleep faster.

Still can’t catch some Z’s? Avoid watching the clock, which can sometimes frustrate you more, and try turning the temperature down in your room. Recent studies show that colder atmospheres make nuzzling in your covers a more comfortable way to sleep. If you still can’t sleep, call your doctor—you may have a sleep disorder that she can help treat.

Don’t get so wrapped up in the details of planning your wedding that you neglect the joy of the event. Treat yourself! Take yoga with your girlfriends, go out to brunch, or soak in a bubble bath. Go for a relaxing round of golf with your dad! He is probably limited in what he can help you plan, and you know he’d really enjoy the quality company of his "little girl" before he gives her away.

Don’t neglect your fiancé either. Keep your joy of each other fresh by spending quality time together, and make sure you leave an open communication line. If he isn’t involved with the planning, he may not know what you’re feeling. Ask him to help make phone calls or invite him to visit reception halls with you. Chances are, he’ll jump right in if you lead him in the right direction. And last but not least, leave plenty of room for romance! Hey, it’s why you fell in love with him in the first place, right?

Utilize SparkPeople's Tools
SparkPeople  has some great tools that will help you organize your wedding plans, reduce stress, look great on your special day, and connect with other brides and grooms to-be. 

Once you've picked out that perfect dress, use our Wedding Dress Workouts to tone up the areas that your particular dress emphasizes.  Each dress workout features 3-4 toning exercises, designed by SparkPeople's personal trainers.

Use the ”Other Goals” section of your SparkPeople account try set some wedding-related goals. This section will take you through a goal-setting process that will help you follow-through with success. By recording your wedding goals, creating specific action steps, and tracking your progress on the site, you’ll stay organized and accomplish much more.
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