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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it has me thinking about my mom and how important she is to me. Over the last decade or so, we’ve become best friends, though nearly 3,000 miles separate us. She’s the one I can count on to listen when I need to vent, to understand even when I’m being irrational and has always lent a hand when I needed any help. As I get older, I think about the future, and sometimes wonder how many Mother’s Days I really have left with her. She’s not really old yet, or sick or anything, but I just realize that time is something we often take for granted and we often think we have more than we really do.

So when I think of what to get her this Mother’s Day, my heart is leaning toward something fitness-related. If anything is going to give me more years with her, it’s definitely her having a fit lifestyle. What better gift than to be your mom’s new workout buddy? I know what you’re thinking¬† – she’s 3,000 miles away, how are you going to be her workout buddy? Well, thankfully, the world of social media offers many ways to stay virtually in touch with friends and family – as you all know. And it doesn’t just stop at that…there are so many fitness apps out there that you can befriend others on and even keep track of each others’ goals and progress. You can have a running buddy without having to run with them…just motivate each other to get out there and get it done. You can “check-in” at your gym, the local track, or the park leisure trails. You can track your miles, heart rate and workout time. And if there’s one thing I know about fitness, it’s that accountability is a big motivator. When you know someone else is expecting you to get off your butt, you usually do it. And if you live in the same vicinity as your mom, or even mother-in-law, then more power to you if you can commit to being their workout buddy in the flesh.

Here are some ways I recommend to give the gift of a workout partner to your mom this Mother’s Day:

  1. If your mom is new to working out, start slow. Offer to take walks with her a few times a week, or maybe get her to a class at the gym where she can go at her own pace.
  2. If you have to be 100% digital, make a plan with each other about what each of you are going to accomplish week to week. Send texts, Facebook comments, or use apps as a way to “prove” you are getting your workout in. For running, I enjoy the RunKeeper app on my iPhone. Another great app for all-around fitness tracking is My Fitness Pal.
  3. If your mom is already a fit gal, just offer to be her buddy anyway. It will mean a lot to her that you are investing in being a big part of her life…and it will help you get out there and get your fitness on too.
  4. Consider getting on the same meal plan as a way of controlling the calorie intake and eating more clean – plan a meal menu for the week and stick to it. Let each other know how you’re doing and what you think of the meals you try! There are many great recipes right here on Skinny Mom and another great healthy food site I like to get recipes from is Skinny Taste.

I wish all of you mommas a happy Mother’s Day!