In the spirit of Mother’s Day, I decided it was only appropriate to make a mother-daughter inspired work out post. I am a huge advocate for buddy workouts. Who better to inspire you to be your best and healthiest self than your mom? I’ll be sharing some ideas for mother-daughter workouts as well as some tips for considering your mother or daughter’s fitness needs.
If you both love running or jogging, this can be a great activity for the both of you to share. We are still experiencing gorgeous springtime weather. It’s not too hot or chilly to exercise outdoors comfortably. Take advantage of the sunny springtime afternoons before it gets too hot, humid and sticky.
Some Tips to Remember:
- Gauge your partner’s pace. You and your mom may be used to running at different speeds. Adjust your speed accordingly so that the both of you can enjoy the activity comfortably.
- Observe for cues of exhaustion, pain etc. If you or your mother have not been running regularly, be careful to avoid overexertion.
- Your partner may feel inclined to match your pace. Know when to take breaks if you observe that your partner may need this.
This activity is great for all ages! What’s great about yoga is that many studios will allow you to select between different difficulty levels. They should also give a description of the types of moves, poses and stretches you can anticipate in the classes. If your partner is not that experienced with yoga and either one of you would like to take it easy, I would suggest looking for a beginner’s class. If your studio does not offer a beginner’s class, I would recommend trying either a Yin, Restorative or Hatha class. You can always inquire about the difficulty before going in for the class. Remember that if you or your partner feel pushed or overexerted, you can always take a break and rest in child’s pose!
Mom and baby or mom and child yoga classes are also a good idea for those with little ones!
Hit the Gym or Take a Fitness Class
Encourage each other when you’re feeling tired, down and unmotivated. Having a workout partner can greatly assist with increasing your motivation. Even if you can’t make it to the gym, you can always try a home workout.
This post was created in the spirit of Mother’s Day, but remember that encouraging and motivating each other to exercise should be a regular activity!
Author: Claire Ford, BA (Hons)
Clinical Receptionist | Social Media Rep | Toronto Health & Fitness Advocate