Your mami put your needs before her own. This Mother's Day, put mom's well-being first.
Skip the brunch buffet and plan a healthy, active way to celebrate.
6 Healthy Mother's Day Activities
- Walk or hike: Walking is accessible for everyone, regardless of current fitness level. Start small by taking the dog around the block or get adventurous and hike a beautiful outdoor area.
- Ride bikes: Cruise the neighborhood or rent bikes to go sightseeing. Pedaling along the Oklahoma River with my mami is one of my favorite memories of this spring! I describe different ways to cycle in Fitness: 4 Ways to Spin Your (Bike) Wheels.
- Take a yoga class: Slow down with hatha, which I recommend in Fitness: Slow Down and Focus with Hatha Yoga,or challenge yourselves with power yoga, which I reviewed in Fitness: ¡Feelin’ Hot!. Breathe and enjoy a relaxing moment together.
- Run: Jog around the block or sign up for a Mother's Day 5k. One or both of you not in shape for a road race? Even better! Training can be a great bonding experience. Sound intimidating? Read how I stay motivated to run in Fitness: 45 Minute Run to the Mailbox.
- Play: Toss a frisbee or tackle the jungle gym at the park. Challenge the familia to a traditional group sport like tennis or basketball, or keep it silly with yoga-ball soccer or freeze tag.
- Garden: Digging in the dirt is a great stress reliever. Planting and pulling weeds gives you a workout. Spring gardening is always more fun with company!
Exercise is essential to all women's health. It keeps us strong, gives us energy, reduces stress, and helps prevent heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, some types of cancer and depression. Although women only need 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days a week and strength training twice a week, we all struggle to fit it in.
Family support makes it easier to adopt healthy habits which is something I know having learned at home from mi madre. Growing up, walking was a regular part our daily routine and I loved accompanying my mom to aerobics class as a middle school student. Today, we still catch up on long walks and have added yoga classes to our shared activities.
Whether you are going back to your madre for her health wisdom, sharing your own with her, or teaching your own hijos, encourage those you love to stay healthy which I write about in Two Ways to Bring Back Abuela’s Cooking.
Mom lives too far away to be your workout buddy? You can still keep each other motivated by sharing your fitness goals and progress on the phone or via social media.
Be active this Mother's Day to stay healthy while sharing quality time. In celebration of mothers everywhere--get moving!
¿Need workout inspiration? Click here to read more of my fitness suggestions.
A teacher by day, The Wise Latina Club’s Natalie Wagner Fierro is the co-founder of the Institute for Student Health. She equally loves food (cooking or dining in Washington’s restaurants) and burning calories by distance running, practicing yoga, and archery. Click here to read more about and connect with Natalie.How will you be active this Mother's Day?