"To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness and maintain an interest in life." - William Londen
February 14th marks Valentine’s Day, a special day dedicated to your loved one. While diamonds, roses, gadgets and chocolates make up common gifts that are shared on this day, there is definitely one gift that both you and your partner will cherish forever: Good health.
A healthy Valentine’s Day somehow may not appeal to a lot of people. After all, celebration and health do not go together well. Here are some ways that will ensure the best out of your day, without reminding you that it is good for your health.
You could start off your day with a nice long romantic walk, exclusively with your loved one. We will not remind you that physical activity will only boost your health! A walk in a park will also keep your mind at peace and you will be ready to take on the day with a smile.
How about sharing a game of a sport that you both enjoy? It will help you build up your appetite for the meals of the day.
If your partner is the usual one who cooks at home, maybe you could surprise him/her by getting a nice breakfast ready. You may need to put in real extra effort, but the complement will be worthwhile. Don’t take shortcuts and bring in ready-to-cook stuff – you will be doing more harm than good.
Your home can be the best place for a nice candlelight dinner. Impress your partner as to how much you care about his/her health and wellbeing by making a low-calorie meal that is tasty as well!
If you wish to go out, how about sharing a meal together? It will ensure that you do not overeat and bear the consequences the next day.
Craving for some sweets to share? Opt for dark chocolates where possible.
Avoid excessive alcohol with your meals. After all, you do not want the day passing without you realizing where it went.
If you are a smoker, here is one day when you could take the decision to give up smoking and pledge better health for both, yourself and your partner who spends a lot of time with you and is constantly exposed to its harms. You could get professional help if needed. It may just be the perfect gift!
- Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day Tips - (http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@global/documents/downloadable/ucm_322671.pdf)
- Valentine's Day Tips - (http://www.cdc.gov/family/valentine/)
Latest Publications and Research on Best Gift for Your Valentine: Good Health
- 'A really good GP': Engagement and satisfaction with general practice care of people with severe and persistent mental illness. - Published by PubMed
- Statistical Methods for Clinical Study Site Selection. - Published by PubMed
- Validation of the Extreme Experiences Scale (EX2) for Armed Conflict Contexts. - Published by PubMed
- Antihypertensive Effectiveness of Perindopril Arginine and Indapamide Single-Pill Combination According to Body Mass Index: Findings from the FORSAGE Study. - Published by PubMed
- Self-reported practice of smoking cessation intervention (SCI) among primary care doctors at public health clinics in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. - Published by PubMed