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There is no better place to tone than Solidcore, a 50-minute workout giving you that unique combination of high intensity and low impact. (Amanda Shapin)

Tie the Knot Tuesday: Your healthiest pre-wedding week in Bethesda

To get fit for your wedding, it takes more than one week, but that final week does make a difference! For the three months leading up to my own wedding, I took my workouts and healthy eating up a huge notch. I focused on clean eating and a Paleo lifestyle and committed to intense cardio, HIIT and barre classes to burn calories, and to get lean and toned.

I’m originally from Maryland and recently relocated to San Francisco. With a wedding back on the east coast and a full week at home prior to the celebration to get ready, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in the wellness world of Bethesda, Maryland. Here’s a look at my healthy week leading up to my wedding, as well as last-minute tips to get you feeling your best before you walk down the aisle.

To Tone: Solidcore

There is no better place to tone than Solidcore, a 50-minute workout giving you that unique combination of high intensity and low impact. The full-body workout is done on a resistance-based machine, with small movements and challenging position holds. You’ll shake your way to your most toned body. If you’re a newbie, make sure to try this workout a couple of weeks out from your wedding, do not attempt to go for the first time the week of your wedding. Be prepared to be sore--and you don’t want to be hobbling around the dance floor! Make Solidcore a part of your regular routine, going 3-4 few times a week to really see results.

To Zen Out & Sweat: Down Dog Yoga

Weddings are stressful! Especially the week before the big day, all the details are coming together and your to-do list may become overwhelming. Give yourself an hour to get away from it all at Down Dog Yoga. This hot yoga studio is great for yogis of all levels and while you will sweat, it’s not so hot that the struggle becomes too much. Allow yourself to not think about table settings, ceremony music or centerpieces and take your time in the studio to let it all go.

To Work Hard + Enjoy Spa-Like Amenities: Equinox

I'm an Equinox fan through and through, and you should be one too (full disclosure, I’m also an instructor at Equinox). Conveniently located right in downtown Bethesda, no matter what workout you are in the mood for, you’ll find it at Equinox. If you’re looking to torch calories and get your sweat on, check out Equinox’s cycling classes and Precision Running, a treadmill based interval class. If you want to double up and get in conditioning work, check out MetCon3 and Ropes & Rowers. Equinox is a go-to for more than just a good sweat. The locker rooms are truly spa-like with a steam room and Eucalyptus chilled towels. Equinox offers the ideal combo of work hard and reward yourself with well-deserved post-workout relaxation.

To Cleanse: Puree Juice Bar

Conveniently located next to Equinox, grab a post-workout juice or smoothie at Puree. Juices are made from fresh, 100% organic and whole ingredients. Puree offers juice cleanses, but beware of these the week prior to your wedding, especially if you are new to juicing. Juice cleanses offer a ton of health benefits, but can also be an energy drainer, and you’ll need all the energy you can get leading up to your wedding. Instead of a cleanse, add a green juice or detoxifying spicy lemonade to your regular daily eats.

To Get Your Greens On: Sweetgreen

This salad joint has been in the D.C. area since 2007, but don’t overlook its greatness! With custom salad creations, put in your favorite ingredients and only feel like you’re over-indulging (personal favorite: the Rad Thai because the Spicy Cashew dressing cannot be beat). When putting your salad together, avoid ingredients that can cause bloating (cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, beans) and instead load up on bloat-reducing ingredients (cucumber, leafy greens, avocado, tomatoes).

Mentally and physically preparing for you wedding is more like a marathon than a sprint, so make sure you stay on top of your wellness all the way through. Especially in the final weeks, keep stress at bay and give yourself some well-earned “me-time.” Getting ready to walk down the aisle isn’t just about looking your best, it’s about feeling your best, and consistent workouts, healthy eating, and a focus on self-care will get you to the alter feeling like your best self.

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