With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, I’m sure many of us are wondering where to take Mom to lunch. While a few months ago I wrote a blog post emphasizing that you should have meals with family and friends, there are other alternatives to eating when you want to spend time with loved ones! Instead of meeting a friend for a huge restaurant lunch, try some of these other options and save your calories rather than packing them on:
Go for a Walk
It may sound cheesy, but going for a leisurely walk can help clear you mind, improves your mood and ability to focus, improves circulation and best of all – it’s free! All of these factors lead to some better conversation than meeting for cheeseburgers. Improve your health, cardiovascular ability and mental focus during conversation by visiting one of the many trails and walking destinations in the Durham area:
Battle Park – UNC Campus
See a Show!
Durham and the RTP area have an abundance of the arts – whether it’s a play, stand-up comedy, gallery showing or live music. Take advantage of it by checking out some of the area’s most prolific venues (and maybe afterwards taking that walk downtown!):
- Durham Performing Arts Center (Durham)
- Goodnight’s Comedy Club (Raleigh)
- Memorial Hall (Chapel Hill)
Take a Class
This weekend treat your Mom or friend to a group exercise class, dancing or gardening course, anything you can think of – there’s probably a class for it. Check out local papers and magazines to find upcoming classes or workshops – Independent Weekly is a great choice for local events and news.
Of course Empower always has our two weekend classes – Butts ‘N Guts and MELT on Saturday. Make sure to stop by next weekend as well for our Group Fitness Expo – bring Mom for a belated gift (it’s free!). Find out more information about this on our Facebook Event page!
Check out Our Facebook
Every Friday we post something active, local and healthy to do during the weekend – from free rock climbing hours to Parks and Rec events for the whole family to participate in. Make sure to look for these posts for some great inspiration to get moving! Friend us on Facebook to get these posts as well as to stay updated on our latest healthy tips and info:
For more miscellaneous activities to do with friends and family, check out our recent “Warm-Weather Workouts” post.