Give the gift of heart health this Valentine’s Day!
Heart disease is preventable and treatable, yet it’s the number one killer of both men and women. In the United States, about 600,000 people die each year from heart disease. So, rather than going out and indulging in that three-course meal, sitting for hours while seeing that blockbuster hit, or sharing a big box of chocolates think of healthier alternatives that you could both do together.
If you’re drawing a blank, try out these heart-healthy ideas:
- Surprise your significant other with a heart-healthy breakfast in bed. Oatmeal is chock-full of heart healthy nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and fiber. Top with fresh fruit and walnuts for an extra healthy meal. Or try this heart-healthy recipe for delicious Whole-Wheat Pancakes. Cut them into a heart shape with a cookie cutter and top with fresh strawberries!
- Make a romantic heart-healthy meal together! Try this succulent Honey Soy Salmon recipe. Not a fan of seafood? Then how about this Pork Tenderloin with Ginger-Peach Sauce? Both are healthier alternatives than eating out at a restaurant. Plus, you’ll have fun cooking together!
- Forget about the big box of chocolates for dessert. Instead, try this Dark Chocolate Fondue with Fresh Fruit. Make it even healthier by substituting nonfat yogurt or low-fat soy milk instead of cream.
- The couple that trains together stays together! Plan a gym date and workout together. Whether you’re taking a group class or designing your own routine, working out together and motivating one another can strengthen your relationship while also strengthening your heart. Check out these fun partner exercises! (Fun tip: Put together a love-themed playlist to keep you both pumped up during your workout.)
- How about a massage to relieve some stress? High levels of stress can result in high blood pressure, chest pains, irregular heartbeat, or even a heart attack! Schedule a couple’s massage so the two of you can relax together.
Don’t let yourself or your significant other become a victim to heart disease. Remind them how much you care and give the gift of a healthy heart this Valentine’s Day.
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