Getting ready for your wedding is a busy time, one filled with lots of decisions. Sure, your fiancée and her friends might be choosing designs for the bridesmaid dress on their own, but there are lots of other decisions you’re making. There’s budgeting to think about, and the band or DJ that’s going to play, and where you’re going to host your reception. With so many decisions to make, it can be easy to forget about your health. Besides, you’re busy all the time, which means less time for the gym and taking your usual weekends off. Let’s not even get started with the free cake tastings.
But if you want to look and feel your best for your wedding day, for your bride to beam up at you looking awesome in your suit and tie, then you need to prioritize your health. So if you’re ready to stay healthy in the months leading up to the wedding, here’s how you can do it even with your busy schedule.
1 Plan your meals
One of the smartest ways to stay healthy is to eat healthily. And because you’ve got a partner who’s about to embark on the new adventure of married life with you, why not ask her, too, to embark on the adventure of eating healthy together? You can sit down, decide on your goals for how you want to look a few months before the wedding (because the last thing you want is a last-minute alteration of her expensive wedding dress), and plan your meals from there. Whether you’re going low-carb or low-fat, you can make a list of what you’re allowed to eat during this period.
It’s also smart to cut out alcohol. For two reasons: (1) it’s unnecessary calories, and (2) it’ll make drinking all the more enjoyable when you’re finally celebrating on your big day. And besides, alcohol isn’t good for you anyway, and should be saved for special occasions: alcohol poisoning kills six people every day, so this is serious.
Once you’ve decided what you’re taking out of your diet with your wife, you can plan your meals per week accordingly. It’s the planning that will get it done: by writing it down, you’re committing to it.
2 Get outside–and exercise
Sometimes, all we need is an escape away from all the stress around us. And if you’re finding yourself overwhelmed by all the decisions you have to make, it’s smart to get out of your comfort zone for a while. Take your fiancée with you, or your best buddies, and go out for a hike. Or spend a day in the park, relaxing with a book. Even though you’re busy with lots of planning, taking a break makes a difference, the same way it does during a busy workday.
Additionally, if you’re feeling stressed, it’s smart to join a gym. Just like with being healthy, you can plan a workout routine with your partner. According to Bupa, “Regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Study after study shows the benefits it can have. Not only does regular exercise help you manage your weight and reduce your risk of developing diseases, but it can also help prevent and treat mental health problems. It can boost your wellbeing and mood, and is a great way to unwind from the stresses of life.”
Obesity is constantly on the rise in the US, so if you’re not used to exercising, at least know that you’ll be making a great change in your life by starting.
3 Budget your wedding costs
Something else that might be eating away at your health–emotionally–is worrying about money. Whether it’s the cost of the wedding or your future financial plans regarding buying a house or starting a family, this is the kind of stress that can slowly feed on the happiness in your life. If you’ve got a big worry like student loan or credit card debt, this adds to the stress. You might find yourself feeling angry all of a sudden, and snapping at small things like deciding what glassware will go best with the champagne you’re serving.
Creating a budget for your wedding costs will make a huge difference. Just because the average cost of a wedding in the US is over $30,000, that doesn’t mean that you have to spend that much. Sit down with your fiancée, decide what you most definitely need for the wedding and what you don’t, and start budgeting from there. The sooner you do this, the easier it will be to plan–and the more alleviated you’ll feel about getting some control in the situation.
These are some of the top health tips for grooms who might be feeling stressed or want a healthy lifestyle before their wedding. What other strategies do you use to stay healthy that you can use during this busy time?