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Fitness tips to get ready for your wedding day (Video)

Tuesday - 10/22/2013, 3:48pm  ET

WASHINGTON - It takes a lot of energy to plan a wedding, while also balancing life's other obligations and demands. Just make sure your fitness routine doesn't slip through the cracks.

D.C.-area fitness expert Lisa Reed has a plan on how you can get in top shape for your big day.

  1. Declare a goal: What is it that you want to accomplish prior to your big day? Do you just want to eat healthier and exercise to feel better? Or are you looking to lose weight? Decide on a goal, use it to shape your plan and stick to it.
  2. Clean out your pantry: Eliminate all of your trigger foods, including processed foods, sweets and unhealthy carbs. If they are not within reach, you will be less tempted to indulge in these treats.
  3. Combine strength and cardio training: Make your workouts more efficient by doing circuit training. Incorporating high-intensity circuits into your workout is a great way to burn more fat and build more muscle.
  4. Shake up your meal schedule: It's time to start eating mini-meals (five to six each day) that consist of lean protein and green vegetables. Never skip meals.
  5. Drink up: Water, not alcohol. It's important to stay hydrated during a time of high exercise and stress. To spice up your water intake, freeze ice cubes with fruit in the ice tray.
  6. Avoid the fitness sins: Stay away from carbonated beverages, sodium, fast food, fried food, starches and sugar.

Lisa Reed introduces a "Bride to be Fit" workout video:

Lisa Reed is a certified personal trainer in the D.C. area and owner of Lisa Reed Fitness. Read more about Lisa at www.lisareedfitness.com. Follow @lisareedfitness and @WTOPLiving on Twitter.

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