7 Healthy Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Your mom watched you grow from a bald headed baby to the mature adult you are today, so the least you can do is give her a magically magnificent Mother’s Day. However health is the most important gift to deliver, allowing you to spend future holidays together.

On May 11 stay away from a blubbery brunch. Instead punch up your yearly ovation to Mother with a healthy celebration like no other! Here are 7 fit ways to celebrate Mother’s Day.

  1. Take a Spa Day
    Stress is the hidden monster in all of us, wrecking havoc on our body and mind. In fact, studies have linked stress to obesity, headaches, heart disease and several other health maladies, not to mention skin issues! Share a day with your ma at the spa and look in awe that if you take the time to relax your mind and you may find that health problems decline.
  2. Go for a Healthy Hike or Wonderful Walk
    Get some quality time to catch up and chat with mom, all the while throwing a pack of matches on a cluster of calories and watching them burn! Track your walk with a fitness app such as Fitdigits’s iCardio app, mounting your iPhone with The Saddle, a comfortable and convenient way to bring your iPhone with you on every walk, jog, run or hike. The Saddle is available for $29.99 from Fitdigits.com.
  3. Picnic at the Park
    One of the best parts about Mother’s Day being in May is the sun should be shining and you can go out and play. Ditch the traditional Mother’s Day brunch, and instead head to a local park and pack a healthy picnic. Bring a Frisbee, soak up some sun, and enjoy what should be a beautiful day.
  4. Replicate an Amazing Race
    Set up a scavenger hunt around town and challenge family teams to complete the search, including fun clues and inside jokes. This guarentess a Mother’s Day you will never forget! Read here for tips on How to Plan a Family Scavenger Hunt.
  5. Play Ball
    Recruit a couple of families from your neighborhood together for a mini softball tournament. Don’t forget to get the t-ball out for the little ones and pack light and healthy snacks to munch on throughout the game. If softball isn’t your thing, consider flag football, backyard volleyball or soccer. Even badminton would be a fun game that will get the family active while having fun!
  6. Focus on Family, Not Food
    Often people make Mother’s Day plans around eating, be it going out to brunch, eating cake or making a big meal. Instead, emphasize activities that take advantage of the time you get to spend with the people you love. Try out some fun games such as Loaded Questions or Apples to Apples, or stretch out the vocal cords with some Karaoke!
  7. Go Window Shopping
    Mother’s day is all about mom and you should consider asking your favorite woman what she prefers to do most. If she isn’t an outdoor enthusiast, she may enjoy walking around downtown and browsing shop sales or find a local flea market where you can scope out cheap treasures.

8 Gift Ideas for Moms Who Love to Run

If your mother enjoys running, show your support for her favorite sport by giving gifts that will take her next run from so-so to WHOA this Mother’s Day.

Here’s a list of eight must-have running accessories that every mom who runs will love.

  1. RunPhones, $39.95
    There’s nothing more irritating that earbuds that pop out of place while running. That’s why mom will appreciate the new RunPhones, a sporty and snug, moisture-wicking headband that features built-in, high-performance headphones that stay in place while absorbing sweat dripping down the face. Available in blue, black, orange and green.
  2. The Saddle Forearm Mount, $29.99
    Running with a smartphone offers many benefits, from tracking routes and distance to playing music. However, the current bicep armbands do not offer a convenient placement for accessing or viewing the device while moving. That’s why the new forearm mount for the iPhone, The Saddle from Fitdigits, is the perfect accessory for mom. The Saddle contours to the user’s lower arm for the best position to view, access, and interact with apps, music, text messages and more. Available for $29.99 from Fitdigits.com.
  3. Give Mom a Fitdigits Saddle

  4. Runner’s High Cuff from LUCY, $14.00
    These stylish wrist cuffs feature a small pocket with a Velcro closure so mom can stash her cash, keys or other little essentials next time she hits the trail or streets. Save her from having to shove those items in her sports bra!
  5. Storebelight by Nathan, $10
    Busy moms may clock in a few miles before the day starts and the sun comes up in order to fit a run into their jam-packed schedules. Keep her safe with this slim and lightweight blinking light that provides hours of high-visibility illumination and securely clips to any garment.
  6. Nike Elite OTC Socks, $40
    The latest trend among runners and other athletic circles are compression garments that promise an increase in oxygen delivery, a decrease in lactic acid, cramp prevention and minimizes muscle fatigue. For women who run regularly or are training for a long distance race, compressions socks are a great gift to help boost recovery between workouts.
  7. Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews, $27 (Box of 12 Packets)
    After a long day, mom may need a boost of energy to get through her next run. Offered in cherry, berry and orange, these sweet-tasting energy chews are certified organic, gluten free and fortified with 100 percent RDA Vitamin C so mom can fuel up the all-natural way.
  8. Viiiiva Heart Rate Strap, $79.99
    Forget awkward adapters! This new Viiiiva Heart-Rate Monitor turns a Bluetooth Smart enabled phone into a running monitor, sending data seamlessly and in real-time to any of the popular fitness apps. Sync with Fitdigits’s iCardio app to track and monitor heart rate, caloric burn, pace, distance, duration, map routes and more with voice and visual feedback. Now mom can evaluate progress and continue improving each run session.
  9. Engraved RUN Necklace from Etsy, $36.50
    For the mom who has the latest gadgets and gear, your mom can be an inspiration to other women with a beautiful, sterling silver pendant necklace that features the word RUN engraved on a pendant disc.

Making Time For Me- Moms In Motion

Testimonial by Jamie Allison

“Exercise is a big part of who I am. I started running competitively at age 7 and then picked up swimming and triathlons later in life thanks to my active parents. Like them, exercise has become an integral part of who I am. I feel most alive and free watching the moon set and the sun rise on early morning runs with my friends. I love the new energy buzz I have when I’m finished, and I love waking my girls up for school with sweaty kisses and snuggles.

I started Moms In Motion after listening to many of my girlfriends talk about their struggles as they transitioned into motherhood. They missed having time to workout, socialize, and pursue personal interests. Their identity was in question and it was unsettling. They loved their babies and yet they longed for the things that made them tick. My stay at home mom friends felt isolated while my friends who worked outside of the home felt they came home to a “second job.” They were exhausted and sounded resentful. I remember thinking, if my go-getter friends were having a difficult time with this transition, what was the rest of the world going through?

I decided there had to be an organization where moms could go to rejuvenate through fitness, friendship and philanthropic activities, without the baby. There were plenty of organizations designed for mom and baby, but nothing just for mom. So because I was a teacher and had my summer months open, I challenged these friends of mine to commit to a sprint triathlon training program. We met every Saturday morning to swim, bike and/or run and afterward we would grab some coffee to get that social fix. I integrated girls nights out as well because they needed this probably even more than the fitness piece. Women are wired differently, and studies show how our social/emotional connections boost our overall wellness. To deepen the experience, we adopted a local women’s shelter and painted the walls, donated clothes and playground equipment. That summer all 14 women completed the triathlon.

Moms In Motion grew to 80 and then to 200 women the following year. Our concept has spread across the nation organically and via word of mouth. Studies show that when mom is healthy and happy, her actions and influence transcend her, touching her children, family, friends, colleagues and community.

14 years later, Moms In Motion has become the #1 health & fitness community both online and on the ground for women around the world. We work to connect and empower moms through social, fitness and philanthropic opportunities. Moms In Motion has spread throughout the nation and expanded into running, trail running, walking, hiking, cycling, yoga, skiing, surfing and core strength training sports. We provide two different programs for moms.

New Mamas is for postpartum women with children age 1-2. This program provides venues such as walking, light running, flat hiking, core, Pilates and Yoga. Postpartum discussion topics are woven into each practice. Our traditional program, Fit Moms, is for mom only. Fit Moms is event focused, meaning we train for 5ks, 10ks, half marathons, triathlons, hiking and cycling events. Training for events adds a lot of excitement, adventure and accountability.

We also have a new MIM Experience App designed specifically for moms. Our App includes training plans, video-taped core sequences, health & wellness content all of which syncs sensors and workouts to the team website. Watching moms embrace our Moms In Motion concept validates a mom’s need to rejuvenate through fitness, friendship and outreach opportunities. I know I am a better mother, wife and professional when I take the time to take care of myself first. Everyone wins!

Giving back to those who give the most is the heart of the organization. We understand that moms are the primary influence in today’s family. Our job is to provide an outlet (and a Plan to follow) where she can take care of herself and role model a healthy, active, energetic lifestyle. Our kids need this now more than ever before.”

If you are interested in starting a Moms In Motion group, joining a local group, or learning more go to Moms in Motion on Facebook.