The wedding season is well and truly upon us with the nuptials of William and Kate providing a dramatic start for 2011.
But while most of us will see the pounds flying from our wallets with outfits and presents we often overlook the pounds that we pile on during the celebrations.
Fitness First Personal Trainer of the Year Katie Ford said that weddings can see us eat up to 5,000 calories in one day – and that’s without the excesses of a hen or stag do and a large fry up following the wedding day.
“As summer and the wedding season approaches it’s easy to forget how many calories we can actually consume over the course of a day,’’ said Katie.
She says that with Champagne at 90 calories a glass, a few canapés at 200 calories each, a three-course celebration meal at 1,000 calories and a single piece of wedding cake 650 calories you are already at around 2,500 calories.
“Add to this wine, beer, breakfast before the ceremony and a tasty evening buffet and you can easily consume 5,000 calories,’’ said Katie.
“It is difficult to avoid those extra calories and so we still need to exercise in order to keep in shape and not totally abandon our fitness routines,’’
Katie suggests a number of short workouts which are perfect for burning those extra calories, all of which can either be done at home, outdoors or in the gym. “You can fit these in around any kind of summer celebration where the calorie count is high from a wedding to birthday parties or BBQ.’’
Katie’s wedding workout recommendations
One glass of Champagne = 90kcal
Try 10 minutes on the cross trainer or power walking uphill
Glass of red wine = 135 kcal
Try 20 minutes of a group exercise class or video – for example, Get Fit with Mel B group exercise class or Video Game
1 pint of beer = 225kcals
Try 30 minutes of a Body Attack class
One/two canapes = 291kcal
Try 30 minutes of running or jogging, either on the treadmill or in a park
Slice of wedding cake = 650 calories
A Zumba class can easily burn off 650 calories – and you can have fun at the same time.
Half pork pie = 245kcals
Try 30 minutes of an RPM/Group Cycling class or an hour’s bike ride
Wedding meal with wine = 1,000 calories
Complete all of the above classes and exercises.
If you would like to get in shape for your wedding contact Fitness First to help you.