We’ve all heard of brides enrolling into fitness classes and keeping check on their diet before the big day arrives, but what about their significant other with whom they’ll be tying the knot? If you’re a groom that slacks on his body maintenance, it may come as no surprise that while your wife may love you, she might find your negligence towards health a tad irksome. After all, what man doesn’t love broad strappy shoulders and a slim middle?
Bride & Groom – Oman has amassed a few quick cardiovascular exercises that you can do in the comfort of your home to make you look great not only walking down the aisle, but also on your honeymoon
The Bodyweight Squat
If you’re a beginner, or even a seasoned expert, nothing can beat the burn that a full set of bodyweight squats can provide for toned legs and strong quadriceps. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and place your hands behind your head. Begin the movement by flexing your knees and hips while sitting back with your hips, as if lowering yourself into a chair. Push down to full depth if you are able, and quickly reverse the motion until you return to the starting position. As you squat, keep your head and chest up and push your knees out.
Single Arm Dumbbell Swing
If you’re looking to woo your bride with your nicely developed musculature, then this is the exercise for you! Using an overhand grip, hold a dumbbell at arm’s length in front of your waist. Bend at your hips and knees, and lower your torso until it’s at a 45 degree angle to the floor. Swing the dumbbell between your legs and then thrust your hips forward and swing the dumbbell up to chest level as you stand. Reverse the move and repeat.
Pushups have long been used to strengthen the chest, shoulders, triceps, and core. Assume a pushup position, your hands slightly beyond shoulder width. Your body should form a straight line from your ankles to your head. Bend your elbows and lower your body until your chest nearly touches the floor. Press yourself up with enough force that your hands leave the floor.
Lying Glute Bridge
To firm those glutes, lie flat on the floor on your back with the hands by your side and your knees bent. Your feet should be placed around shoulder width. This will be your starting position. Pushing mainly with your heels, lift your hips off the floor while keeping your back straight. Breathe out as you perform this part of the motion and hold at the top for a second. Slowly go back to the starting position as you breathe in.
Dumbbell Reverse Lunge
This is an easier option for beginners and when coupled with dumbbells, can make this move more challenging and increase its strength building benefits. Stand holding a pair of dumbbells at your sides, with your feet together. Make sure you have at least a few feet of clearance behind you. Start with your chest out, head up, and a slight bend in your knees. Step backward with your right leg, landing on the ball of the foot, then bend both knees to lower yourself to the floor. When your front thigh is parallel with the floor, extend your knees and hips to stand back up to the start position.
● Exercise will never be beneficial unless you are healthy from within. Introduce more fibre into your diet. It indirectly helps your body metabolize more fat and keeps everything moving. Oats and beans are great sources of fibre.
● Drastically increase your water intake by drinking at least 2 liters a day. Your muscles will thank you, and so will your skin and eyes!
● When you’re working hard, keep the tension in your muscles but relax your face. Try yoga breathing especially when lifting. Slowly inhale through the nose as you lower the weight, and slowly exhale through your mouth as you raise it. This helps build more muscle and improve your form.