You may be one of those who never misses a workout with your fellow gym friend, but if you never thought of using exercise as a time of union with your family, you are missing out on this chance.
Heidi Kristoffer - founder of the CrossFlowX cardio-based yoga class and mother of three children under three - knows no one how to use exercise as a connecting moment.
"A workout or a long walk every day has always been part of our family she says. "I think keeping the form together is fantastic because it opens the dialogue and allows us to talk about similar experiences."
Either way, chatting during and after class is half the reason you train with your friends (let's be honest), then combine the post-workout endorphins with a quality time with your family is perfect for feeling closer to your mother, or getting in shape with your kids if you are already an.
That's why on this Mother's Day, Kristoffer will make a point of spending time exercising with Mom - and she wants you to follow that as an example.
"[My mother] dedicated her life to being the most loving mother, wife and grandmother imaginable she says. "On Mother's Day, we usually try to get the brothers and the kids together for a picnic or a good meal, and generally everyone goes out for a good walk afterwards."
Continue reading to check out three ideas to add activity to your mom and daughter moments, which may also be perfect for you to enjoy Mother's Day.
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It can range in intensity from gentle and restorative to a more lively style. Kristoffer suggests yoga because it can work for several levels of fitness - from the more active youth to older people.
"Yoga is always great, and sometimes you can stand in positions that look ridiculous, so it's always fun to have someone laughing with you she says.
Kristoffer personally uses yoga as a connecting activity with his two-year-old twin daughters, who try to copy their poses into their own mini yoga mats.
"Getting them on top of me in a different position can even increase the physical challenge for me, and it also increases the fun of us all at the moment she says. "They can see how much I love it and they love it too. It's wonderful to realize that my daughters see physical activity as a treatment experience and bond, not something they think they should do. "
Kristoffer's favorite form of activity is the simplest: just take a walk. "Long walks, where you can get the best time of conversation between mother and daughter she says. "Start there!"
His family never misses a post-dinner walk - during the summer along the beach or even on colder winter days. Walking and talking can always bring some really special memories - and form new ones. "My mother gives the best advice at those times she says. "I'll never be able to hear you enough."
So why not begin this tradition with your own children or with your mother? Even if it's just walking down the block, moving around together (and moving away from the TV or computer) creates an opportunity for conversation that turns into great moments of connection.
3. Try something new
Trying a new workout or workout at home is always more fun with a friend, but one of the most of the suggestion of exercising with the mother is to respect the physical and mental limits of all Kristoffer.
"And if you are the mother, also understand the limitations of your children, their attention span at any age and physical abilities she says. "Always set people up for success." Basically just because it's your favorite exercise does not necessarily mean it's a good idea to take your mother or daughter with you.
But if your mother is sad about something more intense, go ahead. "A good shared sweat is always a great bonding experience says Kristoffer. "Better yet if you can look into each other's eyes and cheer up!"
Are you planning to call your mother to exercise together on Mother's Day, or at least more days during the week after that? What did you think of the idea? Comment below!(3votes, average:, 0of 5)