Shape Up Together

Excerpted from the book Our Daughter's Health

Monday: Becoming Biker Chicks
Why do so many women stop riding a bicycle about the time they start wearing eye shadow? Mom, Daughter, it's time to dust off those bikes in the garage and remind yourselves of how exhilarating it is to weave in and out of the neighbors’ driveways. It's a wonderful form of exercise, too. You’ll work your legs and get your heart pumping. You can simple ride around your neighborhood streets if you want to, but try to keep going for about 30 minutes. Remember to obey all traffic signs and watch for automobile drivers who aren't watching out for you. Wear helmets, too. You'll look way cool.

Tuesday: Chill out
It's July, right? That means it's probably hot outside. Why not cool off at an ice rink? It doesn’t matter if you’ve never skated. Rinks rent skates, and all have hand bars to help novices stay upright. The best part about skating is that you will be doing some heavy-duty exercise without really realizing it. You’ll be so busy trying to stay off your fannies and giggling at each other that you won’t realize how hard your muscles are working. If you happen to like skating, all the better! Sign up for lessons and learn what a great form of fitness regular skating can be.

Wednesday: Go for a stroll
Chances are you’ll be a bit sore today after yesterday’s romp at the rink. So let’s go easy today. After dinner, lace up your sneakers and go for a walk together. Summer evenings are a beautiful time to be outside. Try to walk for at least 30 minutes. Go fast enough that you break a sweat but not so fast that you can’t carry on a conversation. Swing your arms. Take a water bottle if it’s still hot outside. You know, Mom and Daughter, a traditional Wednesday evening (or whatever evening suits your schedule) walk might be a nice habit for you two to adopt. Think about it.

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