Allow us to be the first one to remind you: Mother’s Day is coming up! It is May 11th, making it a little less than a month away. We wanted to give you subtly weasel a gift idea out of your mother, plan, and if necessary, order online and wait for shipping. Whether you’re over 50 and your mother is over 80, or you’re … younger… and your mom is in her fifties, there are a lot of really awesome ways you can celebrate your mom in healthy and fit-centric ways.
Let’s start with a bit of a disclaimer and tip: If your mom isn’t yet living a healthy & fit lifestyle—and you’re thinking of a fit-centric gift to encourage her to live a healthier life—don’t just get her a gym membership and leave it at that. (Unless of course you want to be disowned.) Find a way to incorporate healthy behavior through your relationship. Invite her to do active things with her—cook her a healthy (and delicious meal)—and consider explaining to her how you want her around as long as possible and would love to help her pursue health. YOU can be the instigating motivation for her to change!
THAT said, here are some healthy & active ideas for Mother’s Day, from the team at Fit After Fifty:
1. Plan an active day with mom. If your mom is anything like most moms—she’ll LOVE spending time with you—and a day of fit activities can be an adventure that’ll likely be filled with smiles, laughs and memories that your mom will cherish forever!
2. If you don’t already know, find her “childhood fitness activity” that she really enjoyed, and plan to incorporate the whole family in doing that activity with her. Did she play softball growing up? Invite friends & family out for a game. Was she a swimmer? Take her to the pool for some lap swimming—and then enjoy some mother-child time in the hot tub before you go out for a healthy lunch!
3. Take her fitness gear shopping. Maybe she needs a new pair of trainers, yoga pants, or a new swimming suit. Take the time to GO with her to get those things.
4. Buy her a gym membership to YOUR gym if possible and arrange times during the week when you can exercise together. Maybe it’s time to introduce her to your love for Zumba!
5. Take her out for some restorative pampering. If your mom is already active, it’s likely that a massage could do her body good. While a spa day is nice & fancy—consider going down the path of masseuse who is trained more specifically to work on athletes—like an orthopedic massage therapist.
You might notice one common theme in our Mom’s Day ideas—spend time with her doing active things that will give her some quality time with you and will also contribute to her (and your) health. Now—start planning!
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