Show Your Love in Little Ways
Maybe I'm just an old softie, but I love Valentine's Day. Not because I think that you need a day or gifts to prove your love, but because there's something fun and silly about being surrounded by great big hearts and other symbols of love. But along with the urge to shop for everything chocolaty, huggable or sparkly, comes the real pressure to choose something tangible that somehow conveys your true feelings.
This year why not show someone that you really love them in a way that's good for both of you and your waistlines? Instead of traditional gifts, it might be fun to choose a healthier theme that also proves you're in it for the long haul. February is also American Heart Month, and since heart disease is such a serious issue, consider offering the one you love some ways to protect his or her heart.
- Start taking long walks together after dinner: Not only is it romantic to walk hand–in-hand with your honey, it's a great way to get moving instead of sitting on the couch.
- Get that heart rate up: Try a new sport – together. If you've always been a solo exerciser, consider taking up tennis or even bowling or a fitness routine that is best played in pairs and is sure to get the heart racing.
- Get romantic: I'm a sucker for a great dance routine in a movie. And while I'll never be able to compete with Baby in Dirty Dancing, I secretly harbor the hope of someday at least knowing my cha-cha from my mambo. A great way to spend more time in the arms of your beloved while also burning off calories is during dance lessons.
Valentine's Day doesn't have to be all about calorie-laden treats. Sometimes the best ways to say I love you are also the most thoughtful.