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Happy (and Healthy) Valentine's Day

Posted on February 01 2013

 

Happy and Healthy Valentine's Day

February is the month of love… Cupids, red hearts, flowers and chocolates, they’re everywhere from grocery stores to malls to the internet.  Even though love is in the air, most of us don’t love the fact that candies and fancy desserts come only a month after our New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight and/or get fit.

So what’s a person to do, just give in to the Valentine’s Day traditions and then reset our fitness goals? …Or is there a better way to avoid the unwanted calories while still enjoying this holiday?

The following are some ideas on celebrating Valentine’s Day with your sweetie the guilt-free way:

1.     Start the day together with a healthy breakfast.  Instead of heart-shaped donuts, try serving eggs, whole wheat toast and a side of fruit in a heart-shaped plate.

2.     Go to the gym together.  Leave the iPod/mp3 player at home and engage in workouts that can include two people, such as working out with a medicine ball or getting on the treadmill side by side.  After the workout, help each other stretch.

3.     Take a yoga class together. Acroyoga and Couples Yoga are quickly gaining popularity.  It’s a great way to bond and spend time together while burning calories.

4.     If weather permits, go for a walk together and share fun/romantic memories as a couple.

5.     Choose your drinks wisely.  A 10 oz. Margarita contains 550 calories as opposed to a Mojito with a touch of simple syrup, which contains about 160 calories.  Or opt for champagne which weighs in at approximately 80 calories.

Remember, you don’t have to celebrate Valentine’s Day according to how the media tells you - you can create your own special day by thinking outside the (cable) box!

 

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Jheni Solis, Sarvanga Fitness
Sarvanga Fitness is a “whole-body” fitness company based out of Dallas, TX providing group fitness instructions in Zumba® Fitness, Yoga, Meditation and other fitness formats.
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