Target: shoulders. Exercise: shoulder press. See above.
Target: arms. Exercise: push-up. Begin in a push-up position, with hands and toes on floor in front of a step/stair. Place hands on step, fingers facing forward. Tighten abs and lower upper body and hips until face is about 1 inch from step. Straighten arms to push up to starting position. Make it easier by supporting your weight on your knees rather than toes.
Low-cut or sweetheart neckline dress style. Focus on chest, arms.
Target: chest. Exercise: dumbbell chest press. From a seated position on a large ball, slowly walk out until head and shoulders are supported by the ball. Your feet should be slightly farther than hip-width apart with knees bent. With dumbbells at 90-degree angle at your elbow, palms facing away from your body extend both arms up and in slowly above your chest, until the dumbbells meet. Slowly lower arms to the starting position.
Target: arms. Exercise: triceps dip. Sit on a chair or step. Grasp front edge of chair near thighs. Walk feet forward until hips are slightly bent, legs straight, arms extended. Bend elbows about 90 degrees and lower hips toward the floor. Press up until elbows are straight, but not locked, keeping weight on heels.
Form-fitting or sheath dress style. Focus on arms, abs, body composition.
Target: arms. Exercise: triceps dip. See above.
Target: abs. Exercise: crunches. Balance your lower back on a large ball with knees bent and feet firm and stable on floor. Cross your arms over your chest. Crunch forward, using your abs, to a 45-degree angle to the ball. Lower back to starting position. Keep space between chin and chest so your spine stays in a neutral position.
Target: body composition. Exercise: high-quality nutrition. Eat nutrient-dense foods. Use a food guide to monitor calories. To lose weight you must expend more calories than you consume. Don't starve yourself. Meals should consist of good sources of lean protein, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables. Stay away from processed carbs and sweets of any kind. Eliminate all soft drinks and drink plenty of water.
If you are still unsure how to train these muscle groups, a personal trainer can be a smart decision considering your busy schedule. They will motivate you and make the most of your training sessions based on your goals.
If you commit to consistent exercise and healthy eating, you will look and feel radiant as you walk down the aisle on your magical day. Furthermore, as these tips become time-honored habits, you'll easily retain the same fabulous physique for future wedding anniversaries.
Cindy Boggs, fitness consultant, author and Activate America director, has been an ACE-certified coordinator/instructor since 1989. Send your questions about fitness, training or health to YMCA of Kanawha Valley, 100 YMCA Drive, Charleston, WV 25311, or e-mail cindys...@aol.com. Look for her fitness advice book, "CindySays ... You Can Find Health in Your Hectic World" on her Web site www.cindysays.com or contact the YMCA at 340-3527.