Photo courtesy of In Your Eyes Photography.
When engaged couple Emily and Rob of Austin, TX dreamed up their ideal wedding day, they realized looking and feeling their best also needed to factor into the plans. Committing to each other is easy, sticking to their health and fitness goals while juggling jobs, daily life, and event planning might prove to be a challenge. Luckily, they each have a Fitbit Charge HR to keep them motivated. Here’s the start of their journey to find their fit as newlyweds.
Emily: Rob and I have been together for four years. He proposed on vacation in St. Thomas in April 2015 and we’re getting married this September. I’ve been rocking a Fitbit tracker since my first Fitbit Zip three years ago. (I’ve since graduated to a Fitbit Charge HR and I’m obsessed.)
Rob: She IS obsessed! I used to think it was funny, but I recently got a Fitbit Charge HR to track my pre-wedding fitness, and it’s definitely addictive.
Emily: While I enjoy fitness, I also enjoy happy hour and brunch, maybe too much. Both of us are active people who love spending time outside, but we also love indulging in the Austin social scene. Lately I’ve been buckling down and focusing on tracking my workouts and calories/macros. My Fitbit Charge HR and the Fitbit app have been hugely helpful, I love having that tracking capability in the palm of my hand (or on my wrist).
Rob: Living in Austin affords us plenty of chances to get outside. We’re constantly taking our dog to local parks and trails. But Austin also affords us plenty of chances to devour Tex-Mex, BBQ, and craft beer.
Emily: Sometimes “spending time outside” translates to “spending time outside… on a patio, drinking rose.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But I’m trying to look good in my honeymoon bikini, y’all.
Rob: We’ll be spending ten days in Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora.
Emily: We plan on taking tons of beach photos and we want to look amazing in them! Obviously I want to look good for the wedding, too. I have a strapless gown and one of my goals is to rock toned, muscular arms (since the rest of me will be covered in a million pounds of tulle.)
I’m a freelance marketer and one of my clients is an awesome studio in Austin, Crush Fitness, which specializes in HIIT training. So for my “sweating for the wedding” routine, I attend 4-5 classes per week, mixing up leg day, arm day, core, etc. Then on non-studio days I’ll go for a run. On active rest days, I’ll take the dog out for a long walk.
Rob: I’m not as hardcore as Em, but wearing my Fitbit Charge HR has completely changed the way I look at my daily activity. If I notice my step count is low, I’ll take a break from my desk and walk laps around my building. I’ve also gotten into gardening, and my Fitbit Charge HR has taught me that’s a great way to burn calories and hit step goals.
Emily: I’m super into Fitbit Challenges lately. We get those Weekend Warrior steps in very different ways… when Rob’s working in the yard he can rack up 15,000+ steps! I have a black thumb, so I just do my usual cardio.
Rob: She gets so competitive. Sometimes she’ll jog around the house at the end of the night like a maniac!
Emily: A maniac in a good way, though.
What happens next? Follow along as Rob and Emily plan their nuptials and stick with their fitness routines—overcoming obstacles along the way.
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.