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Wedding Shape-Up Part 2 - Five months to go!

Five months to go!
Welcome back to month two of our Six Week Wedding Shape-up, and if it's your first time here, take a look in our archive for the first month of our program.

Good work! How are you feeling? Now is the time to get out that measuring tape and if you feel you need to - weigh yourself. You shouldn't focus too much on weight loss yet. Increased muscle tissue and fat loss may mean that you weigh the same or even more. You may notice that your clothes are fitting you more easily, but you will definitely notice the change in your mental health? Keep up your journal writing paying special attention to how you feel, how you're dealing with stress, and what you think you are gaining from your exercise program. Remember: Check your target heart rate about 15 minutes into your aerobic exercise.

This months list
Below are explanations of all the exercises you'll be doing this month to add to the aerobics you have already started.

Stomach crunches:Lie on the floor -- you may want to use a mat or blanket -- with your knees slightly bent and your hands gently resting behind your head, elbows pointing out. Using your stomach muscles only, slowly lift your chest toward the ceiling, keeping your feet on the floor and your chin pointed toward the ceiling. Lower your head until your shoulder blades hit the floor -- but do not completely relax. Repeat.

Push-ups:Get down on your hands and knees. Rest all your weight on your extended arms, and keep your body straight. Slowly lower your chest toward the floor, keeping your chin up, and then raise until your arms are straight again. (You can keep your knees on the floor, but you should eventually try to use just your toes.) Repeat.

Weeks #5 and #6 -- 40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week; 2 sets of 10 stomach crunches; 1 set of 10 push-ups. Weeks #7 and #8 -- 40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week; 3 sets of 10 stomach crunches; 2 sets of 10 push-ups.

Best of luck to you - keep up the good work and we look forward to having you tune in next month.

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