Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted in Health and Fitness by Sarah on February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you!

Today is usually a day for sharing candies, truffles, wine, and other indulgences.

But today is also a good day to be aware of your heart health and to take steps to prevent heart disease.

thump thump!There are lots of things you can do on Valentine’s Day, or any other day, to keep your ticker in good shape for years to come.

  • Get out, get active!  Being active, even a 30-minute walk, has great heart benefits.  There are lots of other active ways to spend some quality time with your significant other while you’re both getting your heart rates up.  Check out these 8 ideas for active dates!
We are having so much fun

We are having so much fun

  • Skip the fancy restaurant and get gourmet at home.  This allows you to have control over the ingredients in your food, including the fat & salt content.   Remember to increase the amount of veggies on your plate, and make smart substitutions, like olive oil in place of butter, to limit your trans fat.Click Here for How to Roast Any Vegetable!
  • Cook with an aphrodisiac!  Although whether they really get your mojo flowing is debatable, there are plenty of claimed aphrodisiacs out there that are easy to toss into a home-cooked meal: from almonds and arugula, to figs, ginger, mushrooms, nutmeg, and oysters.  Of course, fish such as salmon or tuna are notably heart-healthy.  Added bonus: assuming aphrodisiacs really work, you may get some added post-dinner exercise!
  • Have a fruitier dessert, lighter in calories, that offers other health benefits.  Try any one of these recipes here.

  • If you decide that you can’t beat chocolate for dessert, try dark chocolate, which is richer in antioxidants, not to mention flavor.
  • Go see a funny movie, or get a massage.  Stress can be hard on your heart, but there are lots of ways to relax on a Valentine’s Day date.  Laughing out loud is a great way to beat back stress.  Massage therapy can help too; a couple’s massage to de-stress with your sweetie could be a fun date idea.There are too many piranhas on this escalator!

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