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So it’s Valentine’s Day and, unlike a lot of people, I actually love this day (pun intended)! I think life is too short to be so cynical as to turn a nose up at a day that’s about spreading the love and telling the people you love the most that, indeed, you do love them the most!

That being said, I’m not a girl who’s all about buying overpriced flowers (although I’ll take ’em! Ha!) and a box of cheap chocolates. My husband and I tend to hand make things for each other and have a nice, homemade meal instead.

This year, however, I challenge you to give your loved one something they can keep around and cherish for a lot longer than flowers or chocolate. Something that will support them, encourage them, lift them up when they’ve fallen, take care of them when their sick, challenge them to be their best and celebrate them. That gift is YOU.

Giving your loved one the gift of health –¬†your health is probably one of the most personal and wonderful gifts you can give a person. It recognizes that, although your life is ultimately yours to do with as you will, you acknowledge that your decisions also affect others. That by taking care of yourself, eating healthy and getting regular exercise, you’re trying to ensure that you stick around long enough to be there for them and with them to share your lives. The looking good naked part ain’t that bad a gift, either!

So what will your gift be this year? Will it be to start eating less processed foods? To lower your blood pressure? To begin a fitness program? You can accomplish these by:

  • Making an appointment to get a physical with your doctor
  • Talking to a nutritionist about your eating habits
  • Signing up for a gym membership or taking on a fitness challenge
  • If your loved one is active – offer to take part in the activity of their choice (such an amazing gift!)
  • Offering to get fit and healthy¬†together

Whatever you decide, your heart health is one of the best gifts you could ever give a person (or to yourself)!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Wishing you lots of hugs, kisses, snuggles and a long, healthy, happy life!

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