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Mother's Day Health and Fitness Gifts

5 easy gifts for your mom and 6 for yourself.

Healthful Gifts for Moms continued...

So why is it such a great gift for mom?

"I think a lot of people wouldn't do it for themselves because they feel that it's an expense they shouldn't spend on themselves," he says. "Mothers would do it for kids but not for themselves."

3) Give the gift that gives back. Mother's day is the perfect time to give your mom something special as well as make a donation to a charity in her honor, says Alayna Kassan, co-founder of Presents for Purpose, a gift and accessory company that donates 25% of proceeds to participating charities including the Lymphoma Research Foundation, Strang Cancer Prevention Center, Grassroot Soccer, First Candle, CancerCare, and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

This year, Kassan is launching a trendy hot pink watch in honor of Mother's Day. "The proceeds go to the shopper's charity of choice, and we are offering free shipping for the occasion," she says. "One of the most special things about gifts that give back is that they not only touch someone you know, but they also touch someone that you don't." Other gifts include tote bags, vanity sets, and luxury bathrobes. "Mom's gift will arrive packaged with information about the donation and the benefiting organization," Kassan says. For more information on the presents and the purposes, visit www.presentsforpurpose.com.

4) Treat her feet. Consider getting your mom a foot massage, foot reflexology, or a relaxing pedicure, says New York podiatrist Oliver Zong, DPM.

"People pay so little attention to their feet and they are always cramped in shoes," Zong tells WebMD. "Moms are usually running around after kids all day long, and the last thing they do is take care of themselves and their feet," he says. You can even give her one yourself.

5) Deal a meal. Whether she's trying to shed weight from a pregnancy or get rid of her "menopot" -- the abdominal fat around her middle, many moms can use a diet overhaul or at the very least, some weight loss tips. "Subscribe to a light cooking magazine like Cooking Light or Eating Well for Her," suggests Rachel Brandeis, RD, an Atlanta-based spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association (ADA). She also suggests some healthy reading such as The ADA's Complete Food and Nutrition Guide. "It's a really good resource."

Also try getting her a couple of sessions with a registered dietitian, Brandeis suggests. To find a registered dietitian near you, "visit the ADA web site at www.eatright.org, where you can punch in your ZIP code and pull up dietitians in your area," she explains. Or you can call the ADA at (800) 366-1655.

Or if your mom is the breakfast-in-bed type -- and who isn't? -- try cooking a gourmet, healthy breakfast to start her day off right. "You can make whole wheat or buckwheat pancakes, a fruit cup, and egg white omelets," she says.

Brandeis, a new mother, adds: Free babysitting services so moms can have some time to themselves are always a good idea!

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