Hello, pretty brides! Devon Rachel, here, back in bridal action (literally) after the lovely holiday break. Oh, this time of year. I always overeat during the holidays and begin regretting around January 3rd. Don’t we all? The good news: it’s a new year and the perfect time to get a hold on your health. With my wedding around the corner (ahh, May 17th!) I need to get in Bride Boot Camp mode. Let’s make a vow to get fit together!
Are you ready? I have researched and scoured the Internet to put together my own mini Bridal Boot Camp workout. No gym or trainer required. That honeymoon beach body is easier to get than you think! And let’s be honest, it’s a stressful time for us brides. Working out will help relieve our stress and increase circulation. Remember to not only think about a workout as getting a rockin’ bod, but a happy and clear mind. Let’s keep the Bridezilla tendencies down to a minimum, shall we?
MOVES | REPEAT 3 TIMES
Starting in a standing position with your legs apart, cross punch with your right arm followed by your left arm. Squat down, keeping your abs in tight, and repeat the same cross punch motion. Speed up the move and repeat for 2-3 minutes. *Add 2-5 lb. weights to increase resistance.
Bend slightly over at your waist, starting with your right arm at a 90-degree angle by your side with weights in hand. Extend your arm back until forearms are parallel with the floor. Repeat 20x on each side. Optional (not pictured) Cardio: 60 Jumping jacks.
BICEP & DELTOID SQUEEZE
Start with your arms up and out to your sides at a 90-degree angle, palms facing forward. Squeezing your muscles, rotate your arms so that they meet in front of your face. Do 20 reps.
SQUAT & SIDE LEG
Squat down until your thighs are parallel with the ground. As you push to come up, kick one leg out to the side. Be sure to squeeze your muscles as you lift the leg! 15 reps on each side.
Start in a tabletop position. Extend your right leg back and left arm forward. Hold for 30 seconds and switch sides. Keep your muscles tight (especially the abs)!
Start in a plank position holding dumbbells. Keeping your abs tight, twist and open with one arm over your head in a ‘T’ position. Alternate 30 reps on each side.
STRETCH & HYDRATE
Don’t forget to end your workout with a nice stretching process and lots of water. Your body will thank you!
Of course one of the most important aspects of your work out is (obviously) your outfit. With so many adorable options of active wear and shoes on the market, I love to motivate myself with a new outfit. When I reach a goal, whether a time improvement on the treadmill or how I feel in my skinny jeans, I let myself buy a piece of active wear. It’s a great way to keep yourself accountable and follow through with your goals. Keep a journal of your progress—that definitely helps, too. You can do it, Pretty Bride!