5 Weekly Fitness Rituals Every Bride Should Try

Healthy rituals are an empowering way to mark a week's progress toward your goals, and doing them on Friday is a great way to kick off the weekend. Think about it: How many Fridays do you have before your wedding? You have that many opportunities to engage in a fitness or nutrition ritual.
by the Knot

1. Outdoor Sprint Intervals

Pick any two points in your yard or neighborhood about 30 yards apart. Sprint from point A to point B and then back to point A; then walk for one minute to recover. Keep it up for about 10 minutes.

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2. Straight Push-Ups

Do as many push-ups as you can in five minutes. Start and stop as you need, but push yourself. Each week, try to beat your previous record.

3. Quinoa Day

Pick a healthy food and assign it to a Friday meal. I suggest quinoa -- it's high in protein and just out-of-the-ordinary enough to make it feel special.

4. Partner Up

Turn Friday into partner day and include your fiance or maid of honor in your fitness routine. Take them to the gym on a guest pass or go on a run together.

5. Outdoor Meditation

Find a peaceful spot in your yard or a nearby park or even just on a patio. Pop on some earphones with soothing music, close your eyes and simply quiet your mind for 10 to 15 minutes. You'll feel more relaxed and centered -- and ready to take on the weekend!

The Bottom Line

A weekly ritual is a wonderful way to mark time, allowing you to more easily look back on what you've accomplished, and is a less overwhelming way to count down toward your overall bridal fitness goals.

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