Give Mom the gift of health this Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, everyone is on the lookout for that perfect gift. Instead of honoring your mom with the traditional flowers or card this year, give a gift that really shows you care—the gift of health.

“Giving your mom a gift that shows you care about her health is the best thing you can do this Mother’s Day,” says James Villepigue, author of The Body Sculpting Bible for Women (Hatherleigh Press, $17.95). “She has given you her support for years, and giving her a healthy gift shows that you support her and care about her well-being.”

Villepigue has these suggestions for showing Mom you really care this Mother’s Day:

Start the day right with breakfast in bed

Breakfast in bed, that Mother’s Day staple, doesn’t have to mean pancakes and bacon. Give your mom an energy boost with a tasty fruit salad, low-fat yogurt, and green tea instead of coffee. Green tea contains powerful blood-thinning agents called flavonoids, which can reduce the risk of dangerous blood clots by 60 percent.

Catch up on old times with a long walk

Is it hard to find time to bond with your mom now that you’re all grown up? Taking a long walk together provides time to talk about what’s going on in your lives, as well as being a great way to ease into fitness. Make a weekly walking date, and enjoy each other’s company while staying in shape—together!

Splurge on a spa treatment

Gift certificates for manicures, pedicures, or massages are always appreciated. A spa treatment will make your mom feel great about her body, and give her the confidence boost she needs to make a commitment to getting fit!

Give her a year-round gift

After years of sacrificing for their kids, many moms feel guilty about splurging on themselves. If you want to buy your mom something big this Mother’s Day, get her a gym membership. It’s a gift that will last much longer than a bouquet of flowers; the positive impact it will have on Mom’s health can last a lifetime.

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