A WEALTH OF OPTIONS EXISTS FOR MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS WHO WANT TO SPEND TIME EXERCISING TOGETHER. THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS FOR BOTH THEIR RELATIONSHIP AND THEIR HEALTH AND WELLNESS THAT CAN LAST A LIFETIME.
A STRONGER BOND
“A mother plays a key role in her daughter’s physical activity level,” says Nicole Cummings, group fitness and yoga instructor at Olmsted Medical Center. “The role modeling a mom does can improve her daughter’s health and fitness behaviors, and instill habits that are an investment in her future fitness. And stronger emotional bonds will grow as they laugh and have fun together.”
Cummings teaches a variety of classes in which moms and daughters can participate together. Prenatal and post-natal yoga classes encourage the growth of the mother-daughter bond in its earliest stages. School-age daughters and their moms can participate in cardio and strength training, circuit or yoga. A unique, 12-week fitness program—Tai Ji Quan—is designed to help older adults improve balance and mobility in order to reduce the risk of falling. “There are two sets of moms and daughters currently enrolled in this class,” Cummings says. “And it’s amazing to watch their bond and support of each other.”
A LOVE OF RUNNING
Colleen Timimi and her 11-year-old daughter, Eva, began running together more than two years ago. They say they enjoy the opportunity to connect with each other and to have time to talk. “We have an open relationship and talk about many things,” Colleen says. “My hope is that as she gets older, and life becomes more complicated, we will continue to have opportunities to be together like that.”
Colleen is a member of “Chatty Chicks” running group. This group recently spawned “Little Chicks,” a group for the daughters who run with their moms. Both Colleen and Eva enjoy running with the group and are happy for the new friendships made along the way.
The Timimi pair also work on their fitness goals together. They both participate in various races throughout the year, like the Quarry Hill 5K Trail Race, Med-City Marathon, and the July 4 race in Stewartville. For the Timimi family, running is a family tradition. Colleen’s parents and grandparents were all runners, and she says she enjoys passing on her love of running to her daughter.
BONDING ON THE YOGA MAT
For mothers and daughters (15 and older) who want to connect with each other and practice their Warrior II pose all at the same time, Urban Yoga offers a variety of classes and workshops for both beginner and advanced yoga students. Owner Destiny Breland will be guiding a special Mother’s Day eve class that combines restorative yoga with a meditation aimed at honoring the different types of maternal connections we have. “We will honor the bond we have with our mother, and our internal mother, as well as weave in the maternal energy of Mother Earth.”
DESIGNED FOR YOU
Many options exist for mothers and daughters who enjoy the structure of a class, but if they would like a more personalized approach to their exercise routine, a personal trainer can be helpful in designing a program that meets both mom’s and daughter’s unique needs.
Emily Watkins is a personal trainer and the owner of Empowered Wellness and Fitness Studio. Her clients include mom and daughter duos that enjoy working on their fitness goals together, and appreciate the support the other gives. “They have the extra motivation of knowing the other will be there,” explains Watkins.
ACTIVITIES FOR MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS
Summer Climbing Adventure for Child and Adult Class at Roca Climbing and Fitness (grades K-6, w/adult), four class sessions available June, July and August. Visit climbroca.com/parent-and-child-classes for more info.
Wiggle Wednesdays at Allegro School of Dance and Music, first Wednesday each month, September-May 10:30-11:15 a.m. Visit allegrodancemusic.com/wigglewednesday.html for more info.
Zumba on the Plaza in Peace Plaza, Mondays, June-August, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Holly Galbus is a Rochester freelance writer.