I'm Joelle, an international Lifestyle and Wedding Photographer based in St. Joseph, MI. I'm also an educator and Photo Editor for photographers interested in growing their business and living life more.
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I met up with Justice Wipff, a personal trainer in Chicago to talk about some ways brides could get in better shape before their wedding day! Being a woman myself, I know how real body insecurities can be and I also know how good we can feel about ourselves when we have a smart workout routine.
First, let’s start with her 5 tips on how to become more motivated (because let’s be real, often times the couch, pizza, and a movie sounds nicer than a sweaty jog):
It really depends on the bride and her personal goals. I would say generally, you need to give your body (at the very least) 4-6 weeks before you can expect to see physical changes. It’s important not to wait until you’ve got three weeks until your wedding, and then decide to do some quick fix diet that isn’t healthy or sustainable. I would start with trying to work out 3 times per week, incorporating both cardio and resistance training. You can get a great workout in pretty much anywhere. Using your own bodyweight can challenge you more than you’d think, and you don’t need to be in a gym to work out!
When doing bodyweight exercises I’d say start with 4 sets of 10-12 repetitions. I like to group a few different bodyweight exercises together and do them in a circuit-style workout.
Vegetables! Start with just simply trying to eat more veggies. Your diet should be as colorful as possible. Processed, unhealthy foods tend to all be similar in color. Think about some of the healthiest foods in the world, they’re all colorful!
I would suggest trying to eat more wholesome foods. The fewer the ingredients on the label, the better. Better yet, eat foods that don’t need an ingredients list because they’re simply whole, natural foods. (Example: Spinach, Blueberries, Salmon, etc.)
On the flipside, try to stay away from:
(Note: artificial sweeteners have many different names! Don’t be fooled by marketing trickery. Aspartame, Saccharin, Sucralose to name a few – they’re all the same and they’re all bad!)
If nothing else:
If you need someone to coach you through your workout routine leading up until the big day (and even after!) then hiring a personal trainer is a great idea! If you’re
in the Chicagoland area, don’t hesitate to contact Justice for a session!
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