By Reggie Collier, Contributing Writer
Every year on February 14th, more than 141 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged between lovers and friends. Candy, red wine, gifts, and flowers are purchased to make our Valentine feel extremely special. Wine, a romantic dinner, and chocolates are always a favorite treat for Valentine’s Day. Though this may be a day of indulgence, there are some things to keep in mind to help you have a Happy “Fit” Valentine’s Day.
Recent studies have shown that there are health benefits of chocolate, but it’s very important to distinguish between chocolate, cacao (the original plant), and cocoa (the powder obtained from roasting cacao seeds). But please keep in mind that it is only certain kinds of chocolate, especially those rich in cacao and cocoa that are really healthy for you, as long as you don’t over indulge. For example; dark chocolate is one of the most powerful superfoods known to mankind. Then we have the cocoa powder, which is rich in antioxidants, and contains a decent amount of fiber. When digested, the components in dark chocolate are broken down and transformed into anti-inflammatory compounds that reduce the inflammation of cardio-vascular tissue, and therefore protect you against heart disease (as long as you don’t over indulge).
This special day always seems to be the most challenging for many people who are trying to live a fit and healthy lifestyle. I tell my clients not to let a cheat meal turn into a cheat day! There is no need to pile on extra pounds because you let your guard down for one meal. Stay true to your fitness goals on Valentine’s Day by staying consistent with your diet and training.
I personally recommend staying home for Valentine’s Day, because it’s the best way to be consistent with your fitness goals. You can still have a nice and romantic dinner by cooking a fabulous clean meal at home. But if you’re looking for something a bit more active, a bit more adventurous, and a bit less caloric than usual, plan a new activity for the two of you to experience together. Take a walk around some of the amazing areas in Houston and enjoy the sites versus sitting for hours in a restaurant (goal is to burn those calories). My other suggestion is to request that your partner give you the gift of a massage instead of a box of chocolates if you think that you will over indulge.
If fitness has become a part of your lifestyle, then you will have an easy time finding fun and fit activities.
Happy “Fit” Valentine’s Day!
For more fitness tips from Reggie, visit him on the web at www.reggiecfitness.com.