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Fashion Meets Fitness: Get in Shape for the Wedding Lehenga!

Fashion Meets Fitness: Get in Shape for the Wedding Lehenga!

Just like Alia Bhatt in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya, we would all love to say “Main shaadi karoongi to Kareena wala designer lehenga pehen kar.” Or just attend a wedding wearing one! And much like the sari, the lehenga ends up revealing a fair bit of the stomach, back, shoulders and arms. So if we want to rock that lehenga, we gotta get in shape for it!

We’ve got a few exercises that can definitely tone you up so you can feel and look your best on D-Day!

1. Slim Arms: Overhead Extension

Get in Shape for the wedding Lehenga

Focus areas: Triceps

Step 1: Stand up straight with your arms raised over your head, your elbows close to your ears, holding a dumbbell in each hand.

Step 2: Bring your elbows down to a 90-degree angle.

Step 3: Press the dumbbell up and simultaneously squeeze your triceps to straighten your arms.

Step 4: Slowly revert to the start position.

Step 5: Complete 12 reps.

Get in Shape for the wedding Lehenga

2. Strong Shoulders: Front Dumbbell Raise

Get in Shape for the wedding Lehenga

Focus areas: Shoulders and arms

Step 1: Stand holding the dumbbells in front of the body, knuckles forward.

Step 2: Raise the dumbbells to shoulder height, keeping arms straight, and slowly bring them down to the front of the thighs.

Step 3: Complete 12 reps.

Get in Shape for the wedding Lehenga

3. Toned Back: Push up-Position Row

Get in Shape for the wedding Lehenga

Focus areas: Back, arms, core and legs

Step 1: Get into a push-up position with your hands resting on dumbbells and your feet slightly apart.

Step 2: Pull one dumbbell toward the side of your rib cage.

Step 3: Pause, slowly lower the dumbbell, and repeat the same action with the other arm.

Step 4: Complete 12 reps.

 Get in Shape for the wedding Lehenga

4. Strengthen Your Core: The Bridge Pose

Get in Shape for the wedding Lehenga

Focus areas: Abdomen, hamstrings, the lower back and the glutes.

Step 1: Lie down on your back and put your arms by your side.

Step 2: Bend your knees and raise your hips while keeping your back straight. Make sure to keep your feet on the floor.

Step 3: Your hips must be in a straight line with your shoulders and knees.

Step 4: Hold the position for 30 seconds and gently lower your hips back to the initial position.

Step 5: Do 20 reps.

Get in Shape for the wedding Lehenga

5. Curvy Hips: Walking Lunges

Get in Shape for the wedding Lehenga

Focus areas: Hips and Thighs

Step 1: Stand tall with your feet apart.

Step 2: Now step forward with your right foot and bend your left knee . Make sure that you keep your knees at 90 degrees approximately.

Step 3: Bring your left foot forward in line with the right.

Step 4: Do 15 reps.

*This exercise can be done by holding a pair of dumbbells in both your hands.

Get in Shape for the wedding Lehenga

Precautions:

  • Focus on your breath and make sure you breathe deeply.
  • If you're a beginner go for 0.5 kg weights and keep increasing as you go. Go slow and don't overdo it!
  • If you feel any pain, stop immediately and rest.
  • If you’re pregnant, have an injury or are unsure if you should do these exercises, please check with your physician.
Gif courtesy: balletbeautiful, giphy.com, shapefit.com MUST-READ: Fashion Meets Fitness: Get In Shape For The Wedding Sari! MUST-READ: #SexyBack: 6 Oh-So-Effective Exercises to Get Rid of Back Flab!
Published on Dec 19, 2014
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