Moving with Mom


As I get older, I try to focus even more on using fitness time as an opportunity to bond with my mother while breaking a sweat. 


I see this time spent as bettering our mental and physical health together. I consider every fitness moment precious because I have gotten to know her much better through the process.


Moving with mom is more than a workout, it’s about an emotional bond that grows stronger with age.


With each workout, I feel closer to her and this is something that is carrying on to the next generation as I run with each of my 4 children, go on a family bike ride or on occasion work out with my mother and eldest daughter at the gym. This time is something that has greatly impacted all of us for the better.


Fitness changes everyone for the better, and here is how you can move with mom, your child or both just the same:




Enjoy Mother Nature as you get your fit on by going for a hike. From beginner, all the way to advanced, there are various nature trails you can embark on to take in the sights. Just do a search for a nearby nature trail. Hiking is also a great way to explore different areas with mom.


I recently headed to a nearby mountain reservation for a trail run where I could enjoy the bordering lake, mountains and many birds. This was truly breathtaking. I am looking forward to returning here with my mother as another way to move with mom!


I am considering taking her and the family there for Mother’s Day with a lovely meal to make the most of the day. Of course, a workout will be involved to complete the day. Since we bond through fitness, I think this will move her more than any words can express.


Going to the Gym


Just a year and a half ago, my mother and I joined a fitness center together. I am an active mother of 4, personal trainer and marathoner, but as I have gotten older, I have slowed down quite a bit. The best way to get motivated is to do so with support and love, and this is just what my mother and I provided for one another.


We usually exercise on neighboring treadmills. I run and she will walk on the treadmill next to me and we chat the entire workout so the time flies by! So, if your mom is local consider joining fit forces together! This is the best way to pay motivation forward.




Burn calories as you enjoy a therapeutic workout together in a walk with Mom. When I was in high school I would go out for a walk with Mom because that was her favorite workout. I always enjoyed this bonding time together. Whether you choose to briskly walk or kick it up a notch with a power walk, walking is a great workout without the pounding of running.


This is less impact on your joints and this is a great workout for people of all ages and activity levels.




Bicycling has always been a leisurely workout for me because I never was super quick, I just enjoyed taking in the sights as I peddled along. If your Mom is in good health and up for this change of pace, you should go for a bike ride together. You could do this as a challenge and rack up the miles or just do a simple loop around your neighborhood. Whatever you decide, just enjoy moving more with Mom as you burn calories together!




For a change of pace, stretch out your body with a yoga workout. This is a great way to lubricate your joints to prevent injury while loosening up your body. It’s also a Zen way to release the tension of the day. If you are doing this with your Mom it is an awesome bonding workout.


You will feel as if you went for a massage by the time you complete your yoga session. The tension will feel as if it has disappeared, like in a magic trick. 




For many years, I owned a Bootcamp in which I helped both men and women work to lose weight and better their health. In just a one hour of class, clients burned loads of calories while having a few laughs in the middle.


As a certified trainer, I enjoyed every moment of this. But the best part of this business was that my mother made it to every class for not only a workout but the bond we had together. We would often share in laughter during workouts and she also met so many friends in class.


I now train people daily and I thoroughly enjoy the one-on-one nature of working with clients but I greatly miss the Bootcamp bond that Mom and I had.


So, make time to move with Mom this month and make the most of every fitness moment because life is what you make of it!



Tara Zimliki is a nationally recognized weight loss expert, personal trainer, health coach, health writer and founder of Tara’s Bootcamp, the Premiere Bootcamp of New Jersey. Tara also runs her own blog,