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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...

"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!

6 Gifts to Give Yourself

Many moms have a drawer filled with never-used gifts from Mother's Day past, but treating yourself to these easy gifts can cut back on the time you spend returning gifts or hiding less-than-desirable presents so as not to offend the gift giver.

1) Hire a trainer or life coach to help you reach your goals -- whether fitness, financial, or emotional. These days, there are coaches available to get you over just about any obstacle that life puts in your way. Or consider acupuncture, acupressure, or any other New Age healing therapy that you have been meaning to try.

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