The specific health and fitness needs of women are the focus of National Women's Health and Fitness Day. This national day falls on the final Wednesday of the month every year. Take time this year to join your mom and try some new exercise routines designed to help with balance, stamina, and muscle strength.
There's no arguing that Bollywood dancing is lively and gives you a complete workout. Start with a beginner instruction video and work from there. It's hard to stay still as the music entices you to move. And, it's not an intricate dance to learn, but the movements are controlled, so it does work the muscles.
With home instruction videos, you and your mom don't have to worry about being perfect. Work slowly through the videos, and you'll get faster and more accurate as your muscle strength improves.
Pilates is a low-impact exercise that helps with muscle strength, balance, and flexibility. Most workouts are less than an hour, so they're not time-consuming. You'll find dozens of beginner exercise programs available, so you don't have to leave home to get a workout.
A 2010 study found that all it took was 12 weeks of attending two pilates lessons each week to improve abdominal, hamstring, and upper body movements. That's not too much for you and your mom to do together. Start with beginner videos and work your way up as you find the videos become too easy.
If you're really short on time, Tabata is ideal. Most Tabata workouts are not much longer than 10 minutes. You exercise for 20 seconds, take a 10-second break, and then do another 20 seconds of exercise. You complete these exercises for several rounds and then move to a new set of activities.
By the end of the workout, you've worked on all of the muscles in your body. The workout is so fast-paced that the time passes quickly. A program may include squats, leg kicks, arm punches, wall push-ups, and toe touches. Find an instructor you like and work through the instructor's different video routines each day.
What happens if you have to go on a business trip or don't live close enough to visit your mom each week? With companion care at home, she's supported by caregivers when you're not around.