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Mother's Day Health and Fitness Gifts

5 easy gifts for your mom and 6 for yourself.

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.

2) Schedule a mammogram or another lifesaving annual screening test. "The American Cancer Society and all the major organizations recommend mammograms on a yearly basis starting at age 40, and done along that pattern there is a 30%-40% reduction in the death rate for breast cancer," points out Lawrence D. Wagman, MD, chairman of the division of surgery at City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte, Calif.

"It's important to develop a pattern and personal rhythm, and Mother's Day is a great day to set it around," he says. Why? "You can't miss Mother's Day, it's everywhere and everyone talks about it and everyone celebrates it," he says. "One of the ways that screening programs are successful is by linking them to an event or linking people together so you get a camaraderie effect." Talk to your doctor to make sure that you are up on what screening tests are right for you.

3) Get your hair blown out or get a manicure or pedicure. This is Mother's Day, so book yourself a spa day replete with your favorite services, whether massage, facial, or even makeup application.

4) Join a book club or take a class. Check out local community centers and colleges for ceramics, writing, and arts classes. Or stroll through the local library or bookstore and pick up a guilty pleasure, like the latest James Patterson novel or a classic that you have never read and have been meaning to. Consider joining a book club in the neighborhood or talk show host Oprah Winfrey's book club.

5) Go for the Botox! For moms who want to look as young as they feel, "injectables such as Botox or Restylane are great, and so is microdermabrasion to get rid of dead skin and to get collagen to grow," suggests Peter B. Fodor, a Los Angeles-based plastic surgeon and president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Injectables help get rid of fine lines and wrinkles with no downtime, he says. "She is going to be happier about herself, and that will transfer into her relationship with her husband, children, and the rest of her family." Often, moms do so much for everybody around them and neglect themselves. "To do something for yourself is a wonderful, uplifting feeling." To find a board-certified plastic surgeon near you, visit the ASAPS web site at www.surgery.org.

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