Guest Author - Terri Johansen
You can always take Mom out for brunch; buy her flowers and chocolate; or a spa day. But why not try something different this year to show your Mom how much you love her and want to help her reach optimal health. Each of the following suggestions can be modified to your Motherís activity level.
Summer will be here before we know it. Maybe Mom would like to get in shape before a special vacation. Or perhaps she wants to have lean and toned muscles to show off in her summer clothes. Help her get started, or continue, on the ultimate gift of all-time health. Here are a few suggestions for healthy gifts for Motherís Day.
1. Gym Membership
A great gift for mom is a gym membership. Try to find a gym to suit her personality. Your mom might be shy and nervous about going to a gym for the first time. Try to accommodate her personality with a women-only gym, or personal studio. There are also many Personal Trainers that will help Mom workout at home. But if she's already a hardcore fitness buff get her the gym.
2. Personal Trainer
Whether or not your mom goes to a gym, some personal training sessions is a great gift. If she's new to exercise, a trainer can help her learn how to exercise properly and effectively. If she already works out, a trainer can help get her out of an exercise rut -- something many of us experience when we've been working out for a long time. No matter where she is on her exercise journey, a trainer can help motivate her. And in the end, the key to fitness is motivation.
3. Healthy Living Book
Maybe Mom has dropped hints about a book on fitness that she would like to have. If not, there are lots of good choices. How about a healthy-foods cookbook? Or a book on senior health? There is also an abundance of exercise books available dealing with ďeverything exerciseĒ. You will definitely be able to find something suitable.
Everyone loves a gadget! The pedometer is an especially useful gadget, because we all need to walk more. Walking is often referred to as the perfect exercise. It becomes fun to increase your activity each day instead of exercise being a chore. However, donít go too far or too fast. Being sidelined by an injury is no way to help Mom get healthy.
5. Yoga Kit
Everyone can benefit from yoga. It's both calming and challenging. It helps you become stronger, more flexible and relaxed. Classes can be pricey, but with a video, a mat, blocks and a strap, your mom's living room can turn into her very own yoga studio. You can also find complete packages of yoga equipment for beginners.
If your mom has ever ridden a bike she'll be able to ride it, even if it's been decades since she last rode. More and more people are using bikes not just for fitness, but for transportation. Put a bike carrier on your mom's two-wheeler and she can carry her purse and anything else she needs for her day's journey. Even better, get two bikes -- one for each of you -- and go for bike rides together.
7. Exercise Clothes/Gear
Most women love clothes and shoes, and there's no better way to inspire your mom to get physical than to give her some new clothes to do it in. Exercise gear can be costly. Exercising in a baggy T-shirt and sweatpants may be okay, but baggy clothes can sometimes be a health hazard if there is the risk of getting too much fabric caught in gym machines. It can also cause risk if you are trying to work out in baggy sweats that your feet get caught up in. If your mom feels good when she looks in the gym mirror, she's more likely to keep exercising. Find out what type of exercise she's interested in, and get her outfitted for it. Not all exercise clothes are skimpy.
8. Get Her an iPod Shuffle, and Load It Up With Her Favorite Pump-Up Music
Whether your mom likes to walk, run, or some other form of exercise itís a lot of fun to listen to music to get the body moving! You probably know what type of music your mom likes, so do some searching and loading for her. Just think, every time she listens to her workout music it will be a gift.
9. Set of Home Weights
Every Mom needs a good resistance workout. You can pick up a trio of dumbbells of different weights for a low price. This will give your mom the opportunity to have a good resistance workout at home. It will be harder to come up with excuses if the equipment is there in her home. Pick up a couple of resistance bands, too.
You love your Mom and she loves you. Help her get started on a lifetime of exercise and fitness this Mother's Day.
Always check with a medical professional before starting new exercise routine or new equipment. Be healthy, be happy!
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