March 30, 2018
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):
- Buy a few new sets of workout clothes or a fun new pair of workout shoes to motivate you! I always feel like hitting the gym after I get new leggings or a fresh pair of gym shoes. You want to break them in!
- Pack your gym bag the night before if you’re a person that works out in the morning. Trying to find something to wear or looking for your missing shoe are things that will make heading back to bed sound so much better than getting to the gym. If you’re packed and ready to go, all you have to do is get out the door.
- I always suggest that my clients (especially those that have a hard time drinking water) buy a fun new water bottle. It’s much easier to drink water all day if you’ve got a fancy new bottle waiting for you to re-fill it! It will remind you to hydrate and help you keep track of water intake.
- Surround yourself with people that want to see you reach your goals. If you’ve got friends that are going to give you a hard time for ordering a salad instead of a greasy burger, it’s a lot harder to reach your goals and stay motivated than when you’re surrounded with people that want to encourage you and help you become a healthier you. Try inviting loved ones and friends to join you!
- Write down your goals! I can’t stress enough how much it helps to sit down and think about your goals and write them down. The biggest hurdle to get over is the mental push you have to give yourself to get started. Writing down goals that you want to accomplish (physically and mentally) can help give you that mental nudge.
How many times per week and for how many weeks do you suggest brides work out before their big day?
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!
You mentioned bodyweight resistance training as a good way to get an effective workout in anywhere you are. How many reps/sets of these exercises (a squat jump, for example) would you suggest?
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.
What are good foods to include in your diet? What should you stay away from?
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:
- highly processed foods
- artificial sweeteners
- foods/drinks high in sugar.
(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:
- Drink more water
- Eat wholesome/natural foods
- Make sleep a priority
- MOVE your body more
“Our bodies are designed to move. We are miraculous machines that thrive on healthy, wholesome food and activity. Once someone finds the right trainer, sport, or goal to get them motivated and excited about exercise, it no longer feels like a chore and quickly becomes their favorite part of their day or week.” – Justice Wipff
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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