Guest blogger Carol Dunlop is certified through FiTour as a Personal Trainer and through the American Red Cross as a CPR, AED and First Aid Instructor. She has competed and placed in several Fitness America and National Bodybuilding competitions. To receive your free e-course, “How to Burn Calories While you Sleep,” log on to her website, OptimumBodySculpting.com.
Spending time with mom can bring about some of the most glorious and tension-filled moments ever imagined. Every daughter has a story and so does every mom. But one thing that helps us all bond together is exercise. Working out together can create a bond between mother and daughter that can last forever.
Here are some tips on how to get started:
Take a Class – Studies have shown that women fare much better in group-oriented environments when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle. So why not enroll in a class together?
Group Exercise: You can cheer each other on through sweat-filled eyes and even get a good chuckle when you both realize a particular move is just too much.
Yoga: Suited for young and old alike, yoga helps improve both flexibility and strength. Plus, it has such a calming affect that even if you two can’t carry on a normal conversation without grimacing, you can both simply enjoy the time spent together in silence and meditation.
Dive In – Swimming is a great overall workout. One great thing about being in the water is it makes you feel weightless; therefore giving you more confidence to work out harder than you would otherwise. Even if neither of you are avid swimmers, just walking along the bottom of the pool speeds up your heart rate and helps you burn calories.
Train Together – If you feel at a loss when you go to the gym, why not hire a personal trainer to take you through some workouts together? You’ll both get a kick out of watching each other get through the sessions. I’ve seen many proud moments in the eyes of both mother and daughter when one or the other accomplishes a really difficult move.
Walk and Talk – Finally, there’s nothing like a good walk to get your metabolism revved up and give your lungs some much needed fresh air. Try scheduling walks with each other. You’ll both look forward to the time you can work out, walk, talk, and share together, apart from the other members of the family. Just you and her.
Happy Mother’s Day!
May 3rd, 2010