When it comes to your health goals, you don’t have to throw in the towel on Valentine’s Day all for the sake of romance, especially with Heart Failure Awareness Week falling on the 14th. In fact, indulging in rich chocolate, sipping on a glass of red wine and planning a fun, active date with your sweetheart can be both romantic and heart-healthy. Read further to discover how you can protect your heart on Valentine’s Day.
There is no need to skip the delicious box of heart-shaped chocolates this Valentine’s Day. The Cleveland Clinic asserts that chocolate can influence vascular health because it is rich in flavonoids, antioxidants and flavanols. While devouring a lavish slice of chocolate cake will only add calories and fat to your meal, a few slices of dark chocolate has the highest number of heart-healthy flavanols.
What’s a romantic meal without a glass of wine? In moderation, the Mayo Clinic would agree. Sipping on a glass of red wine on Valentine’s Day can raise “good” cholesterol levels and safeguard your heart against artery damage. It also contains resveratrol, an ingredient that prevents blood clots, and can repair damaged blood vessels.
The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention claims that every adult needs two hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity and muscle training at least two days a week for better heart health. Therefore, bundle up and plan an active date on the 14th. Sledding, ice-skating, hiking, yoga, indoor rock climbing or even sex are just a few options that count as moderate-intensity aerobic activity. Not only will you both feel actively engaged, but studies also show couples that maintain physically active lifestyles may actually live longer.