sherri kids1Mother’s Day is approaching quickly!  Although flowers are a wonderful gesture, how about stepping outside of tradition and going with something that really shows how much you love your special lady?! Here are some gifts for a healthy mom...

So whether it’s your mom, wife, daughter, sister, grandma or BFF, celebrate the beauty of who she is by offering the gift of health, energy and vitality. Better yet, if you choose gifts that are experiences you can share together, you can both get fit while spending quality time together! Plus, most studies report that working out together is more fun and will help each of you stick to the program – it’s harder to cop out when you know someone is counting on you.

Race Entry:

Register you and your special lady for an upcoming run or triathlon.  It will jump-start your fitness program and it’s something you can train for together! Check out,, or for fun, local events.

Fitness Program Registration

Has she always wanted to join a running clinic, try a Yoga program, Barre or a Pilates class or learn ballroom dancing?  Maybe she’d be interested in a ski or snowboarding camp, a paddle boarding course, a kayaking or whitewater rafting trip?  Why not surprise her by picking up the cost of registration?  Better yet, enroll both of you in the program and show her how much you want to spend time with her.

Athletic Gear

Any newbie or avid athlete is in need of new workout clothing.  But remember this – quality is important.  Most exercisers would rather have one really good piece of gear than a number of poor-quality items.  Shop at any local specialty sporting goods store (FitRight, REI, Nike, Adidas, Sweet Spot Skirts, LuluLemon, Lucy, Athletica) and they will provide you with high-quality options for women.  Keep in mind that keeping warm or cool and dry is critical to performance, so this may help guide you on what she would like.  Here are a few suggestions:  running vest, wickable shirt, bra-top, skorts, tights, specialty socks, exercise glasses, water bottle, or sports watch.  If money’s no object, buy a large gym bag and stock it full with the above items.

Gift Certificates

Safer than buying clothing or footwear is to give a certificate to her favorite sporting-goods store – that way she can choose what she needs and you won’t risk buying the wrong size, style or color.

Personal Training

Anyone would benefit from and appreciate a little expert guidance towards their fitness ambitions.  It’s a terrific way to help a loved one with their health and fitness goals. Call us at 360.574.7292 if you would like us to prepare a Mother’s Day Gift Package for your loved one.

Sports Magazine Subscription

Purchase a year’s subscription to a favorite magazine based on her interests.  Shape, Self, Fitness, Runner’s World and Triathlon and are some of the more popular options.  You’ll be happily remembered every time an issue arrives at the mailbox.

Fitness Membership

Has your gal considered joining a local gym?  Why not purchase or renew a monthly, quarterly or yearly membership to her favorite or closest facility.

Fitness Equipment

A workout is always much more effective with the right tools.  Stability balls, medicine balls, exercise tubing, foam rollers and Garmin heart rate monitors are a must for the serious exerciser.  You could pick up most of these items at local sporting goods or department stores.

Sports and Fitness Books

Head to your local bookstore and browse the books on her favorite sport or general books on fitness, health and nutrition.


The best thing in the world after a tough workout is a massage so this gift will be greatly appreciated.  You can pick up a gift certificate at most local spas and most offer special holiday packages.  If you’re feeling a bit generous, consider purchasing a day-at-the-spa package for her that often includes massage, body wrap, facial, manicure, pedicure and steam bath. Trust me – she will LOVE it! Most women work their butts off trying to juggle kids and life so a whole day where she gets pampered…let’s just say this will give you HUGE points!

“All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” Abraham Lincoln

Sherri McMillan, M.Sc. has been inspiring the world to adopt a fitness lifestyle for over 25 years and has received numerous industry awards including International Personal Trainer and Fitness Presenter of the Year. She is the author of five books including “Go For Fit – the Winning Way to Fat Loss” and “Fit over Forty” and is the featured presenter in various fitness DVDs.  She is the owner of Northwest Personal Training in downtown Vancouver and can be seen running, hiking or cycling with her two children, Brianna and Jackson.  She can be reached at or

Note:  As an avid Columbian reader, you can redeem a 2 week pass at her world-class training studio to help get you started.  Contact 360.574.7292 for more details.

Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan, holds a master's degree in exercise physiology and has been inspiring the world to adopt a fitness lifestyle for more than 33 years. She has received numerous industry awards including 2010 CanFitPro International Presenter of the Year, 2006 IDEA Fitness Director of the Year, 1998 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, 1998 CanFitPro Fitness Presenter of the Year and 2005/2006 ACE Fitness Educator of the Year - Runner up. She is a fitness trainer, fitness columnist for various magazines and newspapers, author of five books and manuals including "Go For Fit - the Winning Way to Fat Loss" and "Fit over Forty" and the featured presenter in various fitness DVDs. She has presented hundreds of workshops to thousands of fitness leaders throughout Canada, Australia, Mexico, Jamaica, New Zealand, Germany, England, Spain, South America, Asia and the U.S. She is the owner of Northwest Personal Training in downtown Vancouver, the founder of WHY Racing Events & WHY Community, participates in various community fundraisers and can be found running, biking, or hiking around the community. Find more information at

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