Give Mom the Gift of Good Health

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Posted May 10, 2013 by Melissa diLeonardo in Life After Five
Exploring the healthier side of Mother’s Day provides creative gift ideas that are truly special, unique, and make Mom feel her best.

Exploring the healthier side of Mother’s Day provides creative gift ideas that are truly special, unique, and make Mom feel her best.

Give Mom the Gift of Good Health

Mother’s Day is almost here and what better way to celebrate Mom than to do something that supports her health and well-being. Flowers and brunch are nice traditional gift options, but if you look deeper, quality time and activity can also play a significant role on this special day. A quick web search can help you locate events and activities in your area. If you have yet to make plans with Mom for Sunday, do this right now!

Most communities have a lot of options. Here are a few:

  • Mother Daughter Yoga Class: Check in with your favorite yoga studio about special classes being offered to celebrate Mother’s Day. Classes of this nature are often mixed level. Even if Mom is new to yoga, she will be able to participate in class. If your mother is already a yogini, honor her practice with a new yoga mat or treat her to some new active wear.
  • Mother Daughter Walk/Run: With warmer temperatures in the air and so many causes to support, locating a walk/run event is fairly easy. Check within your area and neighboring communities for events that get you and Mom outside and moving. Walk/run fundraisers are a fun way to spend time together, support a great cause, and achieve a sense of accomplishment. If you can’t locate a specific event close to home, create your own course. Your DIY walk/run could highlight memorable locations or Mom’s favorite places. You can design a personalized route via websites like MapMyRun.com.
  • Mother/Daughter Workout Buddy: Does your mother participate in an activity that you have yet to try? If so, find out how to join her and experience doing what she loves. This type of support will not only foster a better understanding of her hobbies and interests, but encourage her to stay active. Role reversal: Share your activity or hobby with Mom. Find a way she can join you for a class, game, etc. Work at her level and make her feel at home. If you are both new to group exercise, check with local fitness facilities for a class that you can both enjoy.

Remember, if Mom is less active, always work at her pace. The activity is merely a way to spend time together and promote healthy behavior. You don’t need to run a marathon to benefit from exercise. Studies show that even light activity (20-30 minutes/day) can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, osteoporosis, and cancer. If Mom’s hobby is less “active” (cooking, scrap booking, etc.), value your time together. In an increasingly busy world, spending time with family can become difficult. Quality time with loved ones decreases feelings of loneliness and relieves stress, i.e. it’s good for you.

If you can’t be with Mom this holiday, there are still a variety of ways to give her the gift of health. Try creating a healthy gift basket. Pedometers to track steps, workout DVDs, wellness-related magazines, or healthy cookbooks are fantastic substitutes for chocolates and baked goods. Locating a personal trainer or spa close to Mom and treating her to a few workout sessions or body work treatments will encourage her to take time for her health. It is never too late to foster healthy habits.

You love your mother. She helped keep you happy and healthy. Return the favor by showing her how much you appreciate her time and energy. Exploring the healthier side of Mother’s Day provides creative gift ideas that are truly special, unique, and make Mom feel her best.


About the Author

Melissa diLeonardo

Melissa is an East Coast native who has made Chicago her home! She has worked in the health and wellness field for over six years and lives to bike, hike, run, lift, and play. As a ReebokONE Brand Ambassador, Certified Personal Trainer via the American Council on Exercise, and a Registered Yoga Teacher, Melissa is down with good health. Voted “Best Personal Trainer” in the 2013 Chicago Reader’s Annual Poll and selected as a global finalist in the 2013 Life Fitness Personal Trainer to Watch Contest, Melissa instructs fitness and yoga classes throughout the north side of Chicago (spinning, boot camp, strength training). She a proud member and assistant coach at CrossFit Chicago and Master Trainer for Life Fitness Academy . Co-founder of the Chicago-based wellness collective, true-2-life.com and Program Manager for Corporate Movement at Life Fitness Corporation, you can follow her on twitter @mdsapphire. Now let's dance!

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