Redefining Valentine’s Day:

Celebrate the start of a Healthy Lifetime of Love

Introduction: What is a Healthy Valentine’s Day and How will you celebrate it?

Valentine’s Day, the traditional day of love, can also be the start of enduring good health. Show your love of yourself and your others by exploring these ideas outlines here.

For couples who are hoping to conceive, or couples whose intimate relationships have become dull, I suggest you read my book Making Love & Babies for help and/or plenty of good ideas.

A healthy Valentine’s Day can be celebrated in many ways, but the main focus should be on spending quality time with loved ones while, at the same time, taking care of one’s physical and mental well-being. Some ideas for a healthy Valentine’s Day celebration include:

  • A romantic hike or nature walk: Enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors while getting some exercise and enjoying the scenery.
  • A healthy cooking class: Cook a nutritious meal together with your significant other and learn some new recipes.
  • A spa day: Treat yourself to a relaxing massage or facial or perhaps take a soothing bath together.
  • A picnic in the park: Pack a healthy picnic basket filled with fresh fruit, sandwiches, and drinks, and enjoy a relaxing day in nature.
  • A healthy cocktail night: Make your own healthy cocktails using fresh juices and herbs and enjoy a night of relaxed conversation.

Remember, the most important aspect of a healthy Valentine’s Day is spending time with the people you love, and making meaningful connections with others.

For those who are more energetic, your Valentine’s Day might include Easy, Loving Workouts to Get Fit Together

Here are some easy and fun workout options for couples to try on Valentine’s Day:

  • Couple’s yoga: Practicing yoga together can be a great way to connect and strengthen your relationship. For the more energetic, a yoga or fitness class might have more appeal. You could start the day with a yoga session or a fitness class to energize your bodies and minds.
  • Partner stretching: Take turns stretching each other’s muscles and promoting relaxation.
  • Dancing: Turn up the music and dance together in your living room.
  • Bike ride: Rent bikes and go for a ride together.
  • Couple’s workout challenge: Come up with a fun workout challenge, such as a plank or push-up competition.
  • Swimming: Take a dip in the pool or go for a swim at the beach.
  • Rock climbing: Try indoor rock climbing and support each other as you reach new heights.

Remember, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy each other’s company. Choose a workout that you both enjoy and that challenges you to be your best.

Healthy Food Choices to Make for Valentine’s Day

When it comes to celebrating a healthy Valentine’s Day, there are many delicious and nutritious food options that you can enjoy. Healthy eating does not have to be boring!

Some suggestions include:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables: Start the day with a nutritious smoothie or a fruit salad.
  • Lean proteins: Opt for lean proteins like grilled chicken or fish, or plant-based options like tofu or tempeh.
  • Nuts and seeds: Incorporate healthy fats into your diet with a handful of nuts or seeds.
  • Dark chocolate: Satisfy yourselves with some dark chocolate, which has many health benefits such as being high in antioxidants and trace elements.
  • Herbs and spices: Add flavour to your food with herbs and spices instead of high-fat or high-sodium seasonings.
  • Red wine: If you choose to have alcohol, enjoy a glass of red wine, which contains resveratrol, some antioxidants and may have heart-healthy benefits in moderation.

Gift Ideas that Focus on Health and Wellness

Here are some gift ideas that focus on health and wellness:

  • Fitness gear: Give the gift of fitness with workout clothes, a fitness tracker, or a gym membership.
  • Essential oils and diffuser: Help someone relax and unwind with a set of essential oils and a diffuser.
  • Yoga mats and props: Give the gift of yoga with a new yoga mat, blocks, and straps.
  • Health and wellness books: Give a book on healthy eating, mindfulness, or stress management.
  • Healthy snacks: Put together a basket of healthy snacks, such as fruit, nuts, and granola.
  • Massage or spa day: Give the gift of relaxation with a massage, spa day, or a couples’ spa package.
  • Meditation and mindfulness apps: Give the gift of mindfulness with a subscription to a meditation or mindfulness app.
  • Water bottles: Encourage hydration with a reusable water bottle with a built-in filter.
  • Air purifier: Help improve indoor air quality with an air purifier.

These gifts can help encourage a healthy lifestyle and promote overall well-being.

Valentine’s Day for New Relationships

If you’ve just met someone and want to send them a Valentine’s message without frightening them off, it’s important to be mindful of their feelings and boundaries. Here are some tips for sending a thoughtful and appropriate Valentine’s message:

  1. Keep it simple: Start with a simple and sweet message that expresses your appreciation for meeting them and getting to know them.
  2. Avoid being too forward: Don’t be overly romantic or suggestive, as this may come across as overwhelming or creepy.
  3. Focus on friendship: Emphasize the positive aspects of your relationship, such as the fact that you enjoy spending time with them or that you find them to be a great conversationalist.
  4. Show your appreciation: Express gratitude for the time you’ve spent together and how much you’re looking forward to getting to know them better.
  5. Be sincere: Be honest and authentic in your message and avoid using clichéd or generic language.

Remember, the key is to be respectful of their feelings and to take things slow. If they’re not comfortable with a Valentine’s message, they’ll let you know. Respect their boundaries and take the time to get to know each other better before taking any further steps.

Think of Others who are Less Fortunate

Finally, on this day of love, think of others who are less fortunate. You might have time to volunteer or otherwise send some money or a worthwhile gift. There is always someone who needs your help and support.

Published by Dr Judy

I am a PhD Geneticist and have spent many decades working in research related to reproduction and cancer. Both are affected by lifestyle, especially ageing and so I am passionate about teaching people how to change their lifestyles to optimise their health.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this.