Posted on May 10 2017
Mother's Day is coming up this Sunday, and if you're like me, you've probably already ordered flowers or wrote her a thoughtful card.
This year I wanted to go the extra mile and plan an exciting weekend with Mom, but I needed some fresh ideas. So we did some research (just kidding, we asked our moms) and put together a list of 9 fun, calorie-burning activities that you can enjoy together this weekend.
Here's 9 ideas that any mom can enjoy:
Fun Indoor Ideas
(photo credit: Michael Zittel)
Getting your groove on is always a blast, but did you also know it can be a great workout? As a regular activity, dancing can help with you lose weight, tone muscle, improve balance, and beat stress. So take Mom to a dance studio, to your local club, or set up a family dance party at home. You can't go wrong because there's so many different ways to enjoy it, whether ya'll like to tap, salsa, tango, or just shake it all over the place.
2. Game Night
An hour of playing charades can burn 200 calories. Which is not bad at all considering most people see game night as a "passive" activity. But actually there are lots of different at-home games you can play to get your body moving and your heart pumping, such as charades, musical chairs, or Wii sports. So get the family together on Sunday night for a night of fun and laughs while celebrating Mom together.
3. Cooking Class
Another perfect Mother's Day activity is take a cooking class together. No matter how good Mom's home cooking is, it's always fun to learn to make something new in the setting of a professional kitchen. If you think that cooking is slow and boring, just watch an episode of Top Chef on the food network. You'll find that it can be a lot more intense than you bargain for!
For Outdoors Enthusiasts
4. Beach Day
Summer is almost here, and depending on where you live, a beach trip might be the perfect way to spend Mother's Day weekend. But don't plan to just lay on the sand all day- pack a frisbee to toss around or go for a swim together.
5. Apple Picking
Something that I loved doing with Mom and Dad as a kid was going apple picking. Not only is it a fun (perhaps a bit nostalgic) family activity that Moms love, you're also supporting local farmers and getting the freshest and best produce at a fraction of what they would cost at a grocery store. And if you're not into apples, you can also pick cherries, strawberries, peaches, etc.
Hiking is great because you can easily adjust the distance and intensity level to suit Mom's fitness level. You can also chat while you do it unlike many other activities. Almost every city has an informational/tourist website that lists all the hiking trails in good detail. Just be sure to bring lots of water and stay hydrated!
For Fitness-Loving Moms
Yoga is a great do-it-together activity that brings balance to body, mind, and soul. There's also many different types, so depending on how familiar you and mom are with the practice, there's always something new you can try. If you're both beginners, start with Hatha- a slower-paced class with a bigger emphasis on the basics. If you're looking to work up a sweat together, we recommend Bikram or Vinyasa.
8. Go for a Run
Is mom a seasoned runner who loves to compete? Sign up for a race together this weekend! It doesn’t have to be high intensity if your fitness is not at the same level; even doing a short 5K together would be enough to show that you care about what’s important to her. For example if you live in NYC, you can sign up for the Mother's Day 5K & 10K this Sunday on Roosevelt Island!
9. Barre Class
When she was a kid, Mom wanted to be a ballerina (probably). Now you can help her live that dream by taking her to a barre class! This popular ballet-inspired workout involves a series of stretches and exercises using a barre to burn calories, improve your flexibility and balance, and even build strength. Last year we took a class at Physique 57 while wearing our Physiclo resistance tights and it was lit!
At the end of the day, just have fun! No matter how you plan your day, the time spent together is the most precious gift you’ll be giving Mom this Mother's Day.