We FBGs know what it’s like to plan a wedding. We know how many hours you spend making decisions, writing vows, designing invitations, fighting with your beloved about the stupid stamps not matching the envelopes because they have a white background and not a cream-colored background … sorry, flashback. Regardless, planning a wedding takes A LOT of time and energy. And despite the fact that what you really feel like doing after a long evening bridesmaid dress shopping is collapsing on the couch, watching bad reality TV and sipping a strong vodka tonic, it’s important that you take time for yourself in a healthy way. Plus, every girl wants to look her best in her wedding gown.
Therefore, we have created a 42-minute bridal workout playlist, just for brides (and grooms!) to be. You can do the workout on your favorite type of cardio machine or hit the streets for a power walk or run. It’s fun, upbeat and silly in parts. And, heck if you’re single, have a domestic partner or are already married, check it out anyway. The songs are fun enough no matter if your single or not!
Fit for a Bride: The Bridal Workout Playlist
(2:38) Love and Marriage, Frank Sinatra: Try not to think of the TV show Married With Children on this one. Instead, focus on Ol’ Blue Eyes as you warm up, beginning your workout at an easy pace.
Work It, Bride to Be
(2:50) Chapel of Love, The Dixie Cups: There’s no way this one wasn’t making the list. It’s the first song that came to mind when we wanted to create a wedding-themed playlist. It’s a quickie though, so use the full time to pick up your pace. By the last 30 seconds you should be at a moderate pace where you can still carry a conversation, but you’re still strolling way faster than you will for the walk down the aisle.
(4:36) My Love, JT: Imagine JT singing to you about your honeymoon for this one. Shhh … No need to tell anyone that your mental honeymoon is with JT. For this song, amidst daydreaming, continue to pick your pace up. By minute four of the song, you should be at a hard intensity. Not a sprint, but you shouldn’t be able to chat.
(3:28) Love Song, The Cure: Slow your pace back on down to moderate. Catch your breath and remember how awesome The Cure is. And still are. Just a like dream. Just like a dream.
(3:51) Ready to Run, The Dixie Chicks: Yeah, so this one isn’t really “I can’t wait to start my life together” material, but the video makes me think of weddings and it involves a healthy activity: running. So, we’re gonna squeeze it in as an interval. One minute sprint, one minute recover, repeat, and you’re good.
(4:09) Let’s Get Married, Jagged Edge: Forgotten about this one? Oh, it’s a goodie. Let the smooth R&B sounds slow you down to a moderate then low pace. Enjoy the groove.
(3:55) Heaven, DJ Sammy and Yanou featuring Do: The original Bryan Adams’ version is good, but this one is fantastic for working out. And getting married and finding “the one,” is like heaven, right? Pick your speed back up to a moderate pace for a minute. Then sprint hard for 30 seconds. Do it three times (you’ll end with a sprint).
(4:24) Luxurious, Gwen Stefani: Gwen says it all: “You’re my Mr., and I’m your Miss. It’s pure perfection when we touch.” Wheee, right? Oh, I remember those days … again, digressing. My bad. For this song, just maintain your steady, moderate pace. This isn’t a recovery song though, so don’t slow too much.
(5:12) The Adventure, Angels and Airwaves: Because this song is a full five minutes long, we’re going to break it up a bit. Sprint the first 45 seconds. Then recover for one minute. Next, use the remainder of the song to stay at a moderate pace. Feel free to use this time to imagine your “adventure” coming up. And, believe me, it’s an adventure at times.
(4:52) Time of My Life, The Dirty Dancing Soundtrack, Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes: This isn’t about marriage, but the playlist just seems like it’s missing something without it. (I would know because I put it in, deleted it, put it back in, deleted it again and then added it back.) Channel your inner Baby and feel free to sing along. For this final push, pick up your pace for the entire song, ending the last minute in a sprint. You can do it; it’s the time of your life!
(2:33) Best is Yet to Come, Tony Bennett: Cool it on down as Tony Bennett croons. Maintain a slow pace and do a few stretches. You’re good. You made it. And, yes, the best is yet to come!
What songs would you add to this bridal workout playlist? —Jenn