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Amazing Honeymoons in Beautiful America

honeymoon ideasJust the other day I found this great article about some of the best places to honeymoon in America. Since we are celebrating America this week, I thought I would share some of these ideas with you and throw in a few of my own.

This will be your first vacation as "official spouses" and if you are spending a lot of money on your wedding day, you may have a smaller budget for your honeymoon.  The most expensive part of any trip is airfare and flying to exotic locales can really put a dent in your pocketbook. Flying or driving in the US with advance planning can cut down that expense significantly. With the cash you save on airfare you can upgrade your hotel or find a few adventures like rafting the Grand Canyon.

Speaking of National Parks, America is incredibly beautiful, so why not book a vacation at Yosemite National Park in California, Grand Teton in Wyoming, or the Great Smokey Mountains in Tennessee.

Maybe you don't like to rough it and can't imagine spending your honeymoon in a tent or cabin. Hawaii, Cape Cod and the Big Easy await. How about whooping it up at Dollywood, Graceland or a summer music festival like Coachella? Pamper yourself at a retreat because the best part of any vacation is relaxing, reading a good book, and enjoying good food.

If you really do want to go on a grand vacation in Italy or France, wait until an anniversary and plan a really special trip that celebrates your first few years together. In the meantime, America has so much to offer and your most memorable vacation could be right under your nose.

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Dillon Kreider, ACSM-CHFS, is a nationally certified personal trainer, bridal fitness expert and owner of the Healthy Bride. Dillon has been helping brides and grooms lose weight safely, quickly and permanently while getting into the the best shape of their lives for over 10 years. Visit us at Facebook


Healthy Habits Away from Home

As a bride who travels for work, I know a bit about keeping healthy habits on the road. It wasn’t an easy thing to learn, and I gained more than just wisdom figuring it out. Hopefully you can learn from my mistakes and avoid any upticks on the scale while you’re on the road.

Don’t Think of Travel as “Not Normal Life”

Sure, things are different than they might be at home, but framing a trip up as somehow drastically different from your day-to-day gives you the freedom to ignore any rules you might follow at home. Chances are you pay attention to portion size and make time to exercise when you’re home, and you don’t completely forget those skills once you get on a plane. This is especially important for anyone who has regular travel in their schedule. If being gone one week out of the month is your reality, you need to get used to it.

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Lessons From My Father

With Father’s Day approaching, I’ve been thinking a lot about the many lessons I’ve learned about fitness and health from my dad. My parents were divorced, and so we saw my dad on weekends and in the summers, mostly. But, in our times together he managed to impart to me some important lessons about life and health.

Taking care of yourself makes you stronger.

As junior high was starting to approach, I was feeling less and less confident in myself. Acne was starting to crop up on my face, extra weight was starting to creep up, I had no idea how to style my frizzy, fro-like hair. I felt very unsure of myself in many, many ways. My dad suggested to me one night that I try out for a sports’ team. I’d never played sports before in my life, I made sure to remind him. He sat down with me and talked through options of sports I could try out for that didn’t require me to have played since I was a child. We decided on cross country. I joined the team, and it changed my life. I learned that when I was running, when I was in the best physical shape possible, I felt good all over. I felt stronger inside and out.

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It’s Not a Competition

In the process of planning our wedding, I came across a profound article about how ‘Your Wedding is Not a Competition.’ Before I tie this all into fitness, let’s just take a minute and let that sink in.

On your wedding day, no one is ranking your wedding in comparison to others (no matter competitive wedding garbage is on TC these days). No one is going to give you the grand title of Wedding Champion because your centerpieces have more flowers than at so-and-so’s wedding. Surely, you will get compliments on how nice your wedding is, and some may tell you it’s the greatest they’ve ever been to. But in the end, there is no grand prize for how ahhhhmaaazing your wedding was - except, of course the life you’ve started with your spouse.

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