Give Mom the Gift of Fitness!

by Lisa Johnson

Moms taught us the importance of eating healthy (“Snack on an apple,” she’d say) and urged us to exercise (that’s what “playtime” really was!). But as our moms age, we may worry about their health and play. We want them to be active and independent for as long as possible. Here’s how help them do just that:

Bust the rust! Inactivity is one factor that can accelerate aging. Encourage Mom to take up gardening and walk daily. Regular exercise helps lubricate joints and ward off illnesses, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Find balance—literally. Many elderly people fall and risk fracturing a hip, which can potentially be dangerous to overall health. Improving balance will help Mom avoid preventable falls. Try this move daily: Stand on one foot, and work up to holding it for 30 seconds. Switch legs. Make it harder: Do the move standing on a BOSU ball.

Be posture savvy. Dowager’s hump can be influenced by having weak upper back muscles. Make sure Mom adds at least two days of upper body strength-training to her workout regimen. Or, try Pilates, my favorite body-aligning workout!

Junk the junk food. As an empty nester, Mom may be less inspired to cook for one, making the lure of fast food or salty frozen meals more appealing. Encourage Mom to cook by sharing healthy salad recipes. Or schedule a regular lunch date together (use Skype if you’re too far to meet in person).

In addition to flowers and jewelry, this Mother’s Day, consider giving your mom a yoga mat, fitness DVD, or a personal training session. The gift of fitness lasts a lifetime. And she’ll thank you for it!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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