What To Do On Mother’s Day: A Doctor’s Perspective

English: Mother's Day card

English: Mother’s Day card (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When it comes to health and fitness, there aren’t many moms out there like mine. She’s in her late 60s and still runs 1/2 marathons, does triathlons and is even doing the Tough Mudder race (again), which is an unbelievable obstacle course over a ten mile terrain. Her fitness routine would be daunting to the average 30 something, not to mention to the older gals with whom she plays bridge.

Our Mother’s Day celebration is going to involve some movement and yours should too! Whatever her baseline activity level, your mom can benefit from, and will hopefully enjoy, some sort of thoughtful activity. Take a walk! And if your mom’s up for it, make it brisk. A family bike ride would be super also. If you live near a forest preserve or other place with some natural beauty, a hike can be both soothing and invigorating at the same time. Bring along some healthy snacks like apples or bananas, and plenty of water too. Of course I realize that some mothers may have health problems that prevent them from being very active, but if that isn’t the case for your mom, make fitness part of a new Mother’s Day tradition.

If you are the mom whom others are saluting on Sunday, think now about what you want to do. For once ladies, its all about you! My favorite part of Mother’s Day is that my family takes a walk in the woods together. We usually do a family bike ride as well. Studies show both mental and physical benefits from exercise and also from spending time out in nature, so this weekend do something good for your health and the health of those you love. Move more on Mother’s Day!

Thanks for listening and I wish you and your mom the very best of health!

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Categories: Exercise, Obesity and Overweight, Weight Management, Diet, Exercise

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1 reply

  1. Thanks, Lisa. That was really sweet of you and it made me feel very special! Love, Mom Date: Thu, 9 May 2013 21:39:59 +0000 To: mhills5@hotmail.com

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