Show your amor how much you care this Valentine's Day by making both of your health a priority and plan a healthy date for February 14th.
3 Valentine's Day Tips for a Healthy Relationship
- Eat at home: Dishes served in restaurants tend to have more fat, calories, and sodium than home-cooked meals, which can lead to weight gain and increased risk of diet-related diseases. Eating in su casa allows you to choose healthy and fresh ingredients and control how your food is prepared. Whether you surprise your sweetheart with a special meal or spend time cooking together, make it feel like a night out with music, flowers, and candles. Linger at the table for sobremesa time talking and enjoying each other's company.
- Stay active: Ditch the typical dinner-and-a-movie date and choose an activity that keeps you moving such as mini-golf, bowling, or dancing as I recommend in Valentine’s Day Fitness: ¿Shall We Dance?. In addition to burning calories, shared activities are great for building memories and strengthening relationships. Extend this tradition beyond Valentine's Day and pursue a hobby together. My husband and I take a weekly salsa dance class and make a point to walk the dog walk together once a day.
- Skip the chocolates: Instead of sending sweets, give a meaningful gift that reminds your amor of time you spend together. My husband knows I am crazy about framed photos and handwritten notes. You will cut empty calories and show how thoughtful you are.
Eating healthy foods and staying active have many benefits beyond looking and feeling fabulous. You will also increase your energy level, reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, some forms of cancer, and even add years to your life.
Although we know how important healthy living is, it can be tough to regularly make smart choices when it is so tempting to grab a bag of chips instead of chopping fresh veggies or choose the couch over the gym.
How can you help your honey stay healthy? Make smart choices yourself.
Partners often adopt each other's health habits including activity level and go-to foods. In fact, spouses of people with type 2 diabetes are 26 per cent more likely to develop the disease. In addition to setting a healthy example, talk with your amor about why your individual health is important to your relationship. Evaluate whether you are making smart choices in your time together. And moving forward, resolve to make a plan to support each other.
Valentine's Day is a perfect time to reflect on the health of your relationship. Make smart choices today to have more time and energy with your loved ones for years to come.
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A teacher by day, The Wise Latina Club’s Natalie Wagner Fierro is the co-founder of the Institute for Student Health. She equally loves food (cooking or dining in Washington’s restaurants) and burning calories by distance running, practicing yoga, and archery. Click here to read more about and connect with Natalie.
Edited by: Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D.What healthy habits do you share with your sweetheart?