Last September, my brother got married. Around 8 AM on the wedding day, my soon-to-be sister-in-law and I took to the streets. (Ok, that's not completely true...we actually just ran around my neighborhood because my Dad warned me, multiple times over, that I better not let anything happen to her. Running on the street where a car could hit her? Out. Running on the trail where someone could jump out of the bushes? Not going to happen. Driving anywhere where we could get into an accident? No, thank you. My neighborhood was about all we had left.)
The next 25 minutes were spent running quietly, chatting softly, and preparing internally for the day ahead. It was a chance to slow down, take in the moment, and live fully in the present of her wedding day.
The 25 minute run worked well for us, since we've done it together before, but you don't have to run on your big day to feel the effects of a little sweat. Simply take 20 or so minutes to walk, bike, do a FreeBody workout, dynamic warm up, HIIT, breath walk, or anything else that gets you out and about for a little you-time.
why you should sweat on your big day
- It's you-time! As soon as you wake up on your wedding day (or any big day), things are busy! You will be pulled in a bunch of directions, probably making a lot of decisions, and coordinating the hair, makeup, and flowers, to name a few. The 20 or so minutes you set aside to "sweat" becomes the only you-time you really get! Take the time to think to yourself (or with a friend) about the amazing day that is ahead of you. After all, it only comes once.
- It helps you live in the present. I think not living in the present can absolutely be a factor in daily stress. We live in this constant to-do-list where there is always something else to get done, someone else to talk to, or something else to check off our never ending lists. Although the wedding day festivities are fun - they're still no exception. There are a lot of things that happen the day of the wedding, between set-up, flowers, hair, dress, make-up, etc! It's easy to forget about why you are doing all of this if you're constantly worried about the wedding timeline. Taking a few moments to yourself in the morning will allow your mind a chance to re-focus on the present. To remind yourself to enjoy each and every moment of this beautiful day!
- It clears your mind. Exercise has slowly turned into one constant thing in my life that can get me sane again. It seems to almost have this power of clearing the fog in my brain and getting me back to focus. It reminds me what is important and who is important. I can't think of many better days to take advantage of this clarity. After all, it doesn't really matter what little hiccup pops up on the wedding day (there will probably be more than one). As long as you remember that you are marrying the love of your life.
- Exercise releases endorphins. Endorphins make you happy! Elle Woods knows whats she's talking about. Exercise does release endorphins, if you let it. Even better, you don't have to exercise for long to notice these benefits! Just a simple run, walk, or workout will do the trick.
- Take care of yourself. You are about to become a team of two so that after today, you will no longer be on your own. It's absolutely exciting and an important reminder that you should take care of yourself so that you can best take care of your spouse and others around you. After all, there's a reason why airplanes advise to put your mask on first in an airplane. Wake up a few minutes early or simply move around an item or two on the timeline to set aside time for your wellness. It will be important to do this as you enter into marriage.