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May 1, 2006

Mother's Day Gift Tips for Her

Gifts To Give Yourself!

1) Hire a trainer or life coach to help you reach your goals -- whether fitness, financial, or emotional. These days, there are coaches available to get you over just about any obstacle that life puts in your way. Or consider acupuncture, acupressure, or any other New Age healing therapy that you have been meaning to try.
2) Schedule a mammogram or another lifesaving annual screening test. "The American Cancer Society and all the major organizations recommend mammograms on a yearly basis starting at age 40, and done along that pattern there is a 30%-40% reduction in the death rate for breast cancer," points out Lawrence D. Wagman, MD, chairman of the division of surgery at City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte, Calif.
"It's important to develop a pattern and personal rhythm, and Mother's Day is a great day to set it around," he says. Why? "You can't miss Mother's Day, it's everywhere and everyone talks about it and everyone celebrates it," he says. "One of the ways that screening programs are successful is by linking them to an event or linking people together so you get a camaraderie effect." Talk to your doctor to make sure that you are up on what screening tests are right for you.
3) Join a book club or take a class. Check out local community centers and colleges for ceramics, writing, and arts classes. Or stroll through the local library or bookstore and pick up a guilty pleasure, like the latest James Patterson novel or a classic that you have never read and have been meaning to. Consider joining a book club in the neighborhood or talk show host Oprah Winfrey's book club.
4) Pick up a pair of cool sneakers or some new yoga wear to look great in that Pilates class you have been meaning to try. "They look good, so you feel good and are excited to show them off -- whether at the gym or when going for a walk," says Linda Sparling, general manager of FrontRunners, a Brentwood, Calif.-based athletic and apparel store. "A new shoe will be more comfortable so you will want to go do a workout."
Now that you have the wardrobe, try joining a gym or purchasing some home exercise equipment. Just do it.
5) Schedule a NEW YOU Facial and Makeover! What a perfect time of year to Celebrate YOU with a NEW LOOK!

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