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How to Take Bridal Fitness Breaks (Without Feeling Guilty)

You have to take breaks! Your body needs time to rest and recuperate from exercise. But ladies, this isn’t just any old fitness regimen. This is your get-hot-for-your-wedding fitness plan. Why not look for every chance to make it feel special?

1. Schedule Rest Days...

Your rest days should be on a schedule, just like your workout days. I often advise my brides to schedule their workouts around their desired rest days. If you want Saturday off, you should work out on Friday, and so on. Schedule at minimum one day of rest per week.

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2. ...And Treat Yourself

On your rest day, plan drinks with the girls, have a cheat meal or schedule one of the more fun wedding planning appointments (hello, cake tasting!).

3. Spoil Yourself Once a Month

If you stick to your fitness goals for the month, use a rest day to really reward yourself! Go to the spa and get a massage, hit the salon and get a mani-pedi, or buy a sexy pair of shoes and plan a fun date night.

The Bottom Line

A day of rest is good for your body and your mind. In the weeks leading up to your wedding, a rest day is also a great way to get into the bridal mind-set and reward yourself for little victories.



Doug Rice


We teamed up with certified personal trainer Doug Rice to design a fitness boot camp exclusively for brides! Doug has helped thousands of brides get the results they need to look and feel amazing on their wedding day. Learn more about Doug and the Bridalicious® Boot Camp by The Knot DVD at TheKnot.com/bootcampdvd. Follow Doug on Twitter (@bridalicious) and Facebook (Facebook.com/bridaliciousbootcamp).