Valentine’s Day is upon us, which means chocolates, champagne, and decadent meals, which can put a damper on your current progress with your health and fitness goals. First, remember, if you are on track with eating clean and working out, one day or one weekend won’t sabotage your progress. But if you want to stay on track this weekend, here are some tips to help you keep it sassy, sexy, fun, yet healthy.
- Switch to Dark Chocolate. Valentine’s Day is synonymous with Chocolate and I am not asking you to not eat chocolate, but by switching to dark chocolate, you can still indulge while reaping major health benefits. A Harvard study found that people who ate dark chocolate 5 or more times a week had a 57% lower risk of developing heart disease and research also shows that eating dark chocolate may also improve your blood pressure. So go ahead and indulge!
- Toast with the Bubbly Stuff. Champagne is super romantic but also at only 90 calories a glass, it is also figure friendly. If you keep it to a glass or two, you will be able to enjoy your night, as it also has been reported to have some libido boosting properties and also helps with lowering your risk of heart disease. Plus it goes great with dark chocolate and strawberries…Cheers to that!
- Get Physical. I know what you are thinking! I was moreso thinking, why not take this time to work out together. Couples who work out together, often have a stronger bond, as it is a motivating and positive experience that you can enjoy together. Plus, you can catch glimpses of your sweetie looking super hot and even a celebratory high five or butt slap will only deepen your bond. Try a class, hit the gym, go dancing, get outside and go for a hike or a run. Get creative with this and have some fun!
- Cook Together. Instead of going out and spending a lot of money on an overpriced calorie laden meal, why not sit down and skim through some of your Pinterest recipes (that you have been meaning to cook) and cook a healthy meal together. Choose ingredients that you don’t typically cook with and experiment. It may turn out awesome or horrible, but at least you were able to create awesome memories together and spend quality time together.
- Express Gratitude. I know that it is easy to buy flowers and chocolates and call it day for Valentine’s Day, but this year why not try something different. Expressing gratitude is a great way to boost trust and confidence not only in each other and your relationship, but also it pumps feel good endorphins though your body making you feel more open and connected to your sweetie. This year, take some time to express gratitude either in the form of a love letter or simply sitting over your home cooked meal that you prepared together after your awesome workout and tell each other what you are grateful for in each other and your relationship. At the end cheers with your chilled glass of champagne and end with a few nibbles of dark chocolate.
I hope that you have a great Valentine’s Day and that you take at least of one these tips to spice things up but keep things healthy! I’d love to know how you spent your V-Day! 🙂