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In the “new normal,” you’re aware that this Mother’s Day is unlike potentially any you’ve experienced. While you’re either sheltering in place or starting to reemerge slowly into society, now’s the perfect time to lock down some Mother’s Day activities to do with your mom (or recruit your kids for) while your favorite restaurants and fitness studios may be closed.
We put together a list of ideas—our favorite virtual workout classes that can turn a potentially solitary Mother’s Day into one filled with love, laughter, connection, and, probably, sweat.
If you’ve ever taken a dance fitness class, you know it feels a lot more like fun than exercise. If you’re sheltering in place and don’t have any big plans this Mother’s Day, a dance fitness class is a great way to get active and just let loose! Not convinced? Check out this clip from our Instagram Live with TRILLFIT (in case you don’t believe us on the whole “fun” part).
Get your dance on
The thing we all love about bootcamp-style classes is accountability, which can be a little more difficult in a virtual setting. If you want to break a serious sweat before that Mother’s Day brunch, HIIT is the way to go. And doing it with your mom gives you no room for last-minute excuses. Push your coffee table to the side and make room—it’s going to get intense (literally).
Book your bootcamp
Okay, so high intensity isn’t really your thing. Maybe you want to break a sweat this Mother’s Day without the intensity of a bootcamp. Or maybe you just don’t have the room for circuits in your small apartment living room (I feel that). Meet Pilates. Pilates definitely isn’t easy, and a good Pilates routine will get your core working and muscles burning in no time. All you need is space for two mats—one for you and one for mom. Need to convince mom/kid to join? Check out why now is the perfect time to try Pilates.
Plan your Pilates
If you’re pregnant during this pandemic, this might be your first Mother’s Day to enjoy as a mom. That means, you should celebrate yourself today! And what better way to do that than with a virtual prenatal yoga class? The best part about virtual is you can get connected with other moms-to-be all over the world. And who knows? Maybe you’ll even leave class with a new friend.
Find your flow
Or, if you already have little ones running around, you may want to find an activity you can all do together to celebrate Mom’s Day and kill some time at home (because we know how hard it can be to WFH with kids). On Mindbody, you can find tons of kids yoga classes to choose from for kids of all ages. Plus, I heard Savasana sometimes leads to naps!
Calm your kiddos
If none of these options float your boat, that’s fine, too. You can do virtually any workout—and any workout, virtually—with your mom! Browse Mindbody to explore thousands of online fitness classes around the globe, and then buy your mom flowers—she deserves them. Plus, when the studios DO open, remember, you can still get your in-person workouts in at these studios that offer childcare!
To the moms!
When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do.
How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?
As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.
When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:
In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect.
Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.
When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:
In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.
Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion.
When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:
That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain.