Sunday, March 7, 2010


Plan a few months ahead, so that you look your best on your Wedding day.

With pre-marriage preparations, it is easy to overstrain the body, overuse stimulants such as coffee and tea, miss breakfast, get inadequate sleep and go through emotional pressures. All this takes a toll on the body and mind.

Instead, take charge and plan these few months ahead so that you look your best on your wedding day. The human body is an absolutely amazing machine. If you put in effort in the right direction you can truly start looking and feeling fantastic.

Make a beginning now by exercising regularly, finding ways to relax and looking after your skin. Head to toe, body and mind – here are four ways to help you take charge!


Exercise will rev up your mood, improve blood circulation and keep you in shape. The key to staying consistent with exercise is to select an exercise programme that is enjoyable – one that fits in with your personality, lifestyle and fitness goals. First, establish your goals. What is that you would be like to gain from your exercise routine? Whether your aim is to tone up or lose a few excess pounds – you will figure that exercise is not just for the body – it does wonders for the mind.

Forms of Exercise

Cardiovascular exercise: Cardiovascular exercise burns calories, promotes blood circulation and strengthens the heart. Good choices include walking, swimming and cycling.

Strength training: Weight-bearing exercise plays and important role in maintaining bone density and keeping the body strong and well-toned. An effective routine would include exercises that target the major muscle groups of the upper, mid and lower body. Good choices include weight bearing exercises like push-ups, sit-ups or working out on machines or exercising using dumbbells or resistance bands.

Flexibility training: Flexibility exercises help maintain good posture, keep the body supple and free from muscular stress. Good choices include yoga, Pilates, stretching exercises and tai chi.


When you are de-stressed and happy it shows – decide to do something that relaxes you and leaves you feeling refreshed.

• Get yourself a relaxing body or foot massage.
• Breathing exercises and pranayama improve lung capacity and calm the body and mind.
• An apple a day, a brisk walk and a good laugh a day – don’t forget to create a positive outlook to life.


Eat nutritious foods. Choose wholesome foods instead of packaged, refined foods. Be creative in your choices so that the food you eat is tasty as well as healthy.

A healthy well balanced diet should include carbohydrates, proteins, fats and plenty of water. Carbohydrates (grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes) must form 55-60% of your diet; proteins (milk, eggs, fish and sprouts) 15%; and fats (oils, butter) 25%. Carbohydrates provide energy, proteins help in repairing tissues and fat is essential in the absorption of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.

Prolonged, unbalanced diets that include only one or two foods, or that eliminate the entire food groups can lead to serve nutritional deficiencies. What is mainly lost is water and important muscle tissue, and unfortunately, health and energy is also as the metabolism slows down.


Regular exercise, relaxation techniques, adequate water and a positive state of mind are important ingredients to keep the skin looking beautiful and glowing.

Hydration is essential: Water keeps the skin looking fresh and alive. It is one of the most essential nutrients of the human body. The adult body is 60 to 75% water. Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. Also, eat high-water content foods that will keep you well-hydrated. Examples are watermelon, orange, pineapples, tomatoes and cucumbers.

Beware of pollution, sun burn and other irritants. Stay away from smog, dust and harsh sunlight.

Know your skin type: Consult an expert. Based on your skin type you will be recommended products which are right for your skin. Cleanse tone and moisturize your skin regularly. This is a daily three-step process in looking after your skin. Consider applying face-packs or taking facials. Make every effort to follow the advice of an expert and take time-out to pamper your skin.

The writer is a certified Clinical Exercise Specialist, Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist.

This information is gathered from a news paper for the benefit of the present and future brides.