Expert advice about health & fitness

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your London Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourlondon.wedding

 

Fighting fit

Fighting fit

Q. London fitness guru Yemi Penn on the healing power of exercise...

A. Yemi Penn says: 1) Tell us about your approach to fitness. What's your signature class? Fitness is paramount for my peace of mind; I'm often a-buzz with thoughts and sometimes meditation doesn't work. Working out, especially doing an F45 class, allows me to float away from the realities of life. The intensive 45-minute workouts get your whole body moving and are so fast paced you don't have time to stress about other worries in your life. I love all things F45 as they are functional exercises and really test you but, hands down, boxing is my signature class, it screams strength, tenacity and straight up badassery (is that a word? – it should be!).

2) How often do you work out? I work out four to five times a week and try to walk for around 45 mins on other days to keep the blood flowing and the mind clear.

3) What do you do in your downtime? I think – I really try to work on the areas of myself that don't get the necessary attention they deserve, or I learn new skills. But to really unwind I have a massage or book myself into a spa and have a glass of sauvignon blanc!

4) What's your biggest indulgence? Ooh a slice of carrot cake from Sponge and Cream in Brixton Village. Layers of cream and moist sponge – give me that with a cup of tea and I'm a happy woman.

5) What does self-care mean to you? Love this! Self-care is about putting me first. Knowing when I am about to crack, stopping and telling everyone (sometimes even my kids) that I need to retreat and recover.

6) What would be your advice to brides preparing for their big day? Don't stress! I know it's the most cliché thing ever but the truth is: that day will be the most amazing, euphoric experience and the little things won't matter in the end!

7) At Your London Wedding, we believe in healthy and happy – but that's easier said than done. What's your advice for brides struggling with self-acceptance?  I have a mantra that involves saying and believing the following words: “I am good enough, I deserve a seat at the table. This is me.” Yes, I've shamelessly borrowed it from The Greatest Showman – love that movie!

Yemi Penn
f45training.com

 

No barres held

No barres held

Q. I keep hearing about barre classes and I'm curious – would it be beneficial to a bride preparing for her big day?

A. Zhivka Slavona says: Based on ballet, barre classes incorporate classic moves from the dance medium such as pliés, battements and port de bras. There are numerous benefits to regular practice, especially for brides-to-be, among them:

- Postural awareness: Knowing how to hold your body and work from your centre in functional movements will help create that poise and grace. From tricep dips and attitude lifts to lunges, planks and isometric holds, the barre classes will help you switch your core on, improve stamina and flexibility.

- Confidence: All barre classes help build the lean and graceful body of a dancer, without breaking a sweat. Sculpt your arms, back, bum and legs and rock your dream wedding dress. Add a releve in each exercise and you'll feel effortlessly comfortable even in the highest stilettos. Get your plié going to achieve the dreamy ballet feet with pointed toes, strong ankles and sculpted calves.

- Get wedding dance ready: After just a couple of ballet, barre or fusion classes you'll start noticing your posture and body tone visibly changing and your confidence and coordination dramatically improved. Pirouette, tendu, rond-de-jambe, arabesque – you name it, you'll nail it.

- Fitting around you: Making group classes can be tricky when juggling a busy, pre-wedding schedule. You can arrange a dedicated one-to-one session or sign for a block of classes with your favourite instructor to perfect your technique and address even the smallest areas of concern.

Zhivka Slavona
www.barreworks.co.uk

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