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5 Heart Healthy Valentine Day Idea's

Feb 2, 2016

5 Healthy Valentine Day Ideas

1. Get Active
Who says your Valentine's Day has to include dinner and a movie? Skip the theater and try something more adventurous with your loved ones. If you live in a warmer climate, plan an outdoor date that will keep you active. Think outside the box and take your loved one on a nature hike that ends with a healthy picnic.
In colder weather, look for indoor activities that will get the blood flowing and the heart pumping. Think of activities like ice-skating, a trip to a local museum (lots of walking), a healthy cooking class (cooking burns calories), or an indoor sports complex that offers rock climbing and other activities or try our Small Group Personal Training!

2. Express Yourself
Emotional and mental health are equally as important as physical health. Learning how to express your emotions is not only good for your relationships, but can improve your overall health in two ways.
The brain is a muscle, and just like other muscles in the body, the brain needs to be exercised to stay healthy. Tapping into emotions and learning how to communicate them effectively works those brain muscles, helping to keep them alert and healthy.
In addition, expressing your emotions will help you maintain a healthy emotional balance, which will have a positive effect on your relationships with others. Instead of browsing through cards in our local stationary store, write your own Valentine's Day sentiment or poem.

3. Prepare A Home-Cooked Meal
Next to Mother's Day, Valentine's Day is the busiest day of the year for restaurants. Many restaurants offer a select menu with special meal options offered at a set price just for Valentine's Day. These specials are often hearty dishes complete with rich sauces and heavy dressings. In addition, many of these specials will include an appetizer, soup or salad, entrée and dessert. Not only is this abundance of food unnecessary, but overeating can leave you feeling sluggish and too tired to do anything else. For a healthier Valentine's Day meal, treat your loved one to a home-cooked meal derived from fresh, natural ingredients.

4. Volunteer
Nothing makes the heart feel better than doing a good deed and helping others who are in need. Instead of spending an intimate Valentine's Day together, use the day to celebrate the gift of giving. There are many places where you and your loved ones can volunteer your time together, such as:
Homeless shelters
Hospitals
Nursing homes
Foster care homes
Churches
Food kitchens
Domestic violence shelters
Non-profit agencies such as Goodwill or Salvation Army
Assisted living facilities for adults with disabilities
Local charity groups

5. Give A Favorite Food A Healthy Make-Over
When dining in on Valentine's Day, you can still have a healthy dinner without sacrificing your loved ones favorite home cooked meal. Instead of omitting favorite dishes altogether, implement healthy cooking techniques and substitute healthier ingredients. Some examples of ways in which you can create a healthier version of your favorite meal include:
Bake, broil and grill instead of frying.
Avoid canned vegetables and use fresh or frozen instead.
Skip premade marinades and dressings and make your own.
Purchase lean cuts of meat to reduce fat.
Use fresh ingredients in place of prepared ones (fresh lemons instead of lemon juice concentrate, fresh garlic cloves instead of dried garlic, etc.)
Opt for fresh herbs and seasonings instead of jarred varieties.

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