How To Recharge Your Bridal Fitness Routine

Written with love, by Jennifer Dene

My clients often ask me what I do for my workouts. The truth is that I do a bit of everything and you should too. Adding variety to your bridal fitness routine is the best way to get in shape — read: look and feel amazing — before your big day.

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This is what “a bit of everything” looks like:

●     I swim, run, walk, and occasionally I jump on a mini trampoline

●     I frequently do Pilates, plus a little bit of yoga

●     I strength train a couple of times a week, sometimes with weights and other times without

●     I move slowly and quickly, forwards, backwards, side to side, up, and down

●     I exercise both inside and outside, with company or solo

●     I do classes and I make up my own routines

●     I always play music

I know that my body needs to be constantly challenged if I want improve my fitness, strength and flexibility. And to be honest, my brain needs the challenge too. Repeating the same-old workout is a recipe for boredom, and increases the likelihood of quitting your exercise routine. 

What about you? Is your bridal workout routine bringing you consistently good results, or have you hit a fitness plateau?

Today I want to supercharge your fitness with 5 easy tips:

Run your regular loop in reverse. Not only will your eyes appreciate a change of scenery, but so will your legs. Striking the ground at different angles, running up hills that you normally go down, and changing when and how your cardio system is challenged make this a fun fitness fix.

Try something new. Drop in to a random class such as Zumba, TRX, martial arts or even water aerobics! Pick something that puts you slightly out of your comfort zone and say hello to newfound muscles. Make this more fun by calling your bridesmaids and scheduling a fit-date!

Keep it social. Joining a team or participating in an active 'non-workout' is a great way to increase your fitness and spend time with your hubby-to-be. Think outside the box with activities such as wall climbing, stand up paddle boarding, or even rollerblading.

Get it done in half the time. If steady-state cardio is your go-to workout then challenge yourself by covering less distance with greater speed. Hill sprints, pool sprints and bike sprints are a wonderful for your aerobic system and keep your metabolism burning long after the workout is done — not to mention leaving you more time for Pinning!

Train with a beginners mind.  Re-introduce yourself to your body every time you workout. Try not to default into the same range of motion, weight limit or tempo just because it’s what you always do. When your muscles are comfortable they aren’t changing. Where in your fitness routine can you challenge your habits and change your physique?

Now, I'd love to hear from you! In the comments below finish this sentence: "I will challenge by bridal fitness routine this week by…"

With fitspiration and love, 

Jennifer Dene

P.S. Want some more inspiration? Download my free bridal workout calendar here, 28 days of workouts designed for the busy bride-to-be.

Today on The Bridal Boutique // Fierce Bride Workout Tank by Oooh La La Fitness

Any fierce brides out there? Well this bridal workout tank from Oooh La La Fitness is just perfect for you! As you continue your workouts in preparation for your wedding (and in preparation for a long happy life!) this tank is the perfect way to show off your new status of "fiance" as you make your way to the gym!

Click the link below to shop this tank and other adorable Oooh La La Fitness apparel!

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Head on over to our wedding instagram page (@theoverwhelmedbride) for your chance!

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bride workout tank // the bridal boutique by the overwhelmed bride wedding blog
bride workout tank // the bridal boutique by the overwhelmed bride wedding blog
bride workout tank // the bridal boutique by the overwhelmed bride wedding blog

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Appreciate Your Differences in Marriage

Written with love, by Pastor Dave Page

One of my favorite Seinfeld episodes is when Jerry falls in love with someone he perceives to be just like him. It goes like this:

Jerry: I think I'm in love.
Kramer: Oh. Come on.
Jerry: No it's true. This woman saved my life. I was crossing the street. I was almost hit by a car and then we talked and the whole thing just seemed like a dream.
Kramer: If a guy saved your life you'd be in love with him too.
Jerry: No, no this woman is different, she's incredible. She's just like me. She talks like me; she acts like me. She even ordered cereal at a restaurant. We even have the same initials. Wait a minute, I just realized what's going on.
Kramer: What?
Jerry: Now I know what I've been looking for all these years – myself! I've been waiting for me to come along and now I've swept myself off my feet.
Kramer: You stop it man, you're FREAKING ME OUT!

Needles to say that relationship didn’t work out.


Opposites Attract, Opposites Attack

Truth be told, most couples are opposites. Opposites attract and then opposites attack.  When I first met Carrie, I was attracted to her physically and because she was so different than me. Sadly, over time, these same differences began to annoy me. In fact, I thought I’d made a mistake and married the wrong person.

I then did what any loving husband would do. I tried to fix her in order to make her more like me. I was shocked when she rejected my custom personal development plan for her life. Needless to say, this led to much conflict those first few years of marriage.

Marrying someone who is opposite of you has some real benefits. If you married someone who was just like you, then you wouldn’t improve, grow, get out of your comfort zone or enter into another person’s thought world. 

King Solomon once said, “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”[1]

Differences can help each spouse mature. Differences can add richness, depth, and texture to your marriage, that is, if you embrace them.  In fact, your differences could turn out to be your greatest asset as a couple. 


Identify Your Differences

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Adrienne Gunde Photography

You know you are different than your spouse, but in what ways are you different? For example, Carrie and I are very opposite in our temperaments on the Myers-Briggs Types.  I prefer introversion; she prefers extroversion. To recharge my batteries, I like to go to the beach and run (alone) by the water. She likes to go to Disneyland with other people.  In fact, she prefers the 3-day pass. I’d rather have a root canal then go to Disneyland for three days but she loves the adventure and being around people.  We make decisions differently. I prefer thinking; she prefers feeling.  We approach structure differently. I prefer judging; she prefers perceiving.

According to the StrengthsFinder test, we have different strengths. My top strength is Achiever. I am task oriented and like to achieve something every day. Her top strength is Empathy.  She is people oriented and very empathetic.  She works with special education kids, primarily autistic kids. It’s a real gift that I don’t have.


Accept One Another

Accept one another just as God has accepted you. That means warts and all.  A major breakthrough came in our marriage when I was able to accept Carrie’s differences and she was able to accept mine.  It’s still an ongoing challenge but it’s the only way I know how to survive and thrive in marriage. Give your spouse the freedom to be themselves.


Become Better Together

Differences are not something to be resented. They are something to celebrate and use. I am a risk taker. Carrie likes to play it safe.  I am logical, analytical, decisive, clear, and assertive. I like to plan things in advance.  Carrie is energetic, enthusiastic, curious, creative, and imaginative. She is spontaneous.  She has helped me stop and smell the roses in life and just sort of loosen up. She is a fun person to be around and I appreciate that. I think I have helped her appreciate advanced planning and the results of good planning, especially on our vacations.

King Solomon observed, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.”[2]

I believe everything happens for a purpose.  You weren’t attracted to your spouse by accident. Maybe God led you to him or her because He knew precisely what you needed to reach your full potential.

[1] Proverbs 27:17 (NLT)

[2] Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NKJV)

Date Night Recipe // Homemade Mini Hash Browns

Written with love, by Sarah-Elizabeth Stone

Once in a while I become a bit of a recipe thief. There are days when I don’t feel like getting creative and simply beg, borrow or steal a recipe off of a friend or family member.  It’s fantastic to try something brand new when you know someone has worked out the kinks and made their very own mistakes already! It’s a bit of a cheat, but hey if you’ve got a friend who loves cooking as much as you do, why not be their guinea pig in the process!

That being said, I can’t take credit for this healthy and delicious recipe for your next date night. Use it as an appetizer or a breakfast in bed treat – either way these mini hash browns are to die for! 



date night ideas // mini hash brown recipe

·         1 egg – remove yolk for healthier option

·         2 large potatoes (shredded)

·         ¼ cup asparagus, chopped

·         ½ small onion

·         3 tbs olive oil

·         2/3 cup of bread crumbs

·         ½ cup of shredded cheese

·         ½ tbs of bacon bits

·         Salt and pepper to taste



date night ideas // mini hash brown recipe

1.       Preheat oven to 350F

2.       Shred potatoes by either grating or food processor

3.       Important; dry potatoes once they have been shredded in paper towels, removing as much moisture as possible

4.       Mix eggs, potatoes, onion, bread crumbs, asparagus and  shredded cheese

5.       Grease and fill 12 large muffin tins, or 24 small ones

6.       Bake for 40 – 60 minutes or until desired crispiness

7.       Top with crumbled bacon bits 

date night ideas // mini hash brown recipe