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Be Heart Healthy For Valentine’s Day

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By Sheila Cluff

You know it’s true. If you feel great, you’ll look great. If you look great, you give off a sexy image that others find appealing. In this season of Valentine's Day that could mean steamy romance, red roses and dark chocolate.

Instead, take it to be a heart-shaped reminder to care for our hearts. Here are non-traditional ways to keep your heart healthy and spark sizzle in your life.

*Be brave, bold and brash about health. Be the person who loves wearing electric blue or hot pink. Let your fit feelings fly as you clear out the stuff that seems too last century.

Fitness isn’t about jogging five miles or working out at the treadmill. It’s about fun. So take ballroom dance classes, learn to hula, and join a group of tri-athletes. Throw off the must-dos and take on the fun dos. Wear Hollywood-style sun glasses. Stop for a bubbly water in that little café you always see after you drive away from the boring old fitness center. Listen to music from the 1930s or straight out of your teenager’s CD collection. Subscribe to some new healthy eating and healthier living magazines. Buy fashion magazines.

*Get glamorous. When was the last time you tried a new hairstyle, added low or highlights, had a facial peel? Have you booked regular manicures, pedicures and massages? This winter can produce not only eating foods that’s heavy on your heart, but mild depression that makes your heart feel sad. Then those extra pounds from the above mentioned high-fat foods can be an even bigger downer.

*Put your heart’s health first. If everyone in your group thinks the best times are when gobbling chicken wings slathered with fatty sauce, decide if you still have the heart to eat this way. Instead, be adventurous. Try new fruits and vegetables; get some recipes from the Internet or your favorite TV show to reduce the fat and calories.

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