Top 10 Valentine Fitness Gifts for Loved Ones
…the day for love and romance. The
day that is full of romantic gifts and expressions of love. Do you have to buy a
gift for someone special? Do you want to give a gift to someone this Valentine's
Day that "keeps on giving"? Are you into "health & fitness"? Would you like to
join the "Gym For Every Body"? If you answered "YES" to any of these questions.
Check out this article...
Give your kids a great valentine—take a
walk with them every
evening. You'll start them early on a lifetime pattern of good
Plus you'll have a little more time to tell them you love them. Since February is "Heart Month",
join and ask your loved ones to join you for "cardio workouts". Heart
Disease is your Number One Killer. Most women think it is
breast cancer, but
Heart Disease kills more women than all the cancers combined, plus
and HIV! But here is the good news: up to one third of deaths due to heart
disease are preventable through
exercise. According to the Department
of Health and Human Services, studies show that regular running
and walking can substantially reduce your risk. As little as 30 minutes, three times a
week achieve significant health benefits, and more is better.
Chocolates – The rush to
for valentine is even stronger this year, thanks to the continued
reporting of chocolate's remarkable health benefits.
Chocolate is made from plants, which means it contains many of the health
benefits of dark vegetables. These benefits are from flavonoids, which act as
antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from
aging caused by free
radicals, which can cause damage that leads to heart disease. Dark chocolate
contains a large number of antioxidants (nearly 8 times the number found in
strawberries). Flavonoids also help relax blood pressure through the
production of nitric oxide, and balance certain hormones in the body.
Moderation is always the key - having a decadent piece of chocolate once in a
while is not going to harm your health, either. If you have a choice, choose
dark chocolate for its higher flavonoid content!
Magazines & Books- Magazine
subscriptions and books always make wonderful gifts, and can save you the
hassle of fighting with some pop-collared douche bag for a parking spot at the
mall. Take a peak around your loved one's room or car, and see what kind
magazines and books he/she reads. Click here to buy
Weight-loss program-If you and your
partner want to lose weight together, give him/her a health club membership or
enroll in a sensible
. A study in the International Journal
of Obesity shows that participating in an intensive behaviorally based
weight-loss program has a significant “ripple effect” among spouses. A couple
can lose weight together even if only one person enters a weight-loss program
because one can influence the other in terms of behavioral changes like
regular weigh-ins, awareness in calories and
healthier food choices.
Fruit is a
delicious, healthy option that everyone seems to enjoy. Nothing compares in
taste to a juicy, fresh piece of seasonal fruit.
of juicy pineapple, sweet pears, crisp apples, fragrant
oranges, and tangy grapefruit offer a wholesome treat which pleases every
palate and satisfies sweet-tooth
cravings, as well. Just picture the
strategically placed pineapple located in the center of the basket surrounded
by the vividly colorful assortment of green pears, red apples, bright oranges,
and yellow grapefruits. Add other fruits with more muted hues like kiwi and
peaches to create an even more eye-popping color combination. This tasteful
arrangement of the fruits makes the fruit basket very appetizing as well as
beautiful. Let your Valentine know you truly care by giving him/her a
beautiful, delicious, healthy basket of fruit...the unique Valentine's Day
Healthy organic skin products- Organic face packs, lip balm,
massage bar for a smooth and well-toned
complexion are an excellent gift
idea. They are chemical, synthetic, pesticide, herbicide, fungicide and toxin
free. Click here to buy
Fitness clothing that is equal parts
practical and sensuous makes a good choice for valentine gift. This could
range from .
A good example of a fitness reward for your partner is a pair of running shoes
or a heart rate monitor for finishing a 10-km run. Another reward you can give
your wife/husband is a set of workout clothes (smaller sizes) for
healthy and losing weight.
Heart-Healthy Red Wine: They
say a glass of red wine a day is good for the heart, so toast your love this
Valentine's Day with a good-tasting glass of red wine. Recent studies show that drinking
one glass of red wine every day may have certain health benefits. Research
indicates that moderate
consumption may help protect against certain
and heart disease, and can have a positive effect on
levels and blood pressure. Despite the alcohol content, it has helpful
properties, like resveratrol and other polyphenols. Polyphenols are chemical
compounds found in the skin of grapes and other plants. These compounds act as
"antioxidants" -- the
minerals and enzymes in foods that protect the
cells in your body from damage caused by the normal process of
ward off chronic disease. Resveratrol is a type of polyphenol found in red
wine. A pivotal study published several years ago in journal Nature found that
red wine inhibited the synthesis of a protein called endothelin-1 that can
lead to the development of atherosclerosis, a build-up of fatty material along
the artery walls.
Green Tea Essential gift basket-
Regarded as one of the most
beneficial to wellness as its leaves are dried rapidly and not allowed to
oxidize. This process retains many of the natural polyphenols, catechins and
flavonoids (antioxidant properties) that are associated with the
benefits of drinking Green Tea. Recent research has shown that a compound
called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) in Green Tea prevents cancer cells from
growing by binding to a specific enzyme. Previous studies have also indicated
these properties may reduce the incidence of gastric, throat and
Gargling with Green Tea or drinking a cup each day may even help stave of
colds and flu. You can combine green tea with products like green tea bubble bath, lotion, linen
bag of bath salts, wooden massager, a back scrubber, and hand towel packaged
Healthy dinner- If both of you love to celebrate the occasion at
home, cook the healthiest and most delicious
recipes your partner will never
forget. Avoid deep-fried foods, sweets and too much alcohol. After dinner,
present your gift/s to him/her plus of course a romantic greeting card with an
old picture of you when you were still young. Include statements which will
remind him/her of staying well and healthy.
"I admire you for being a great role model to our kids."
"I enjoy your company, especially when you walk early mornings with me
so we can stay healthy and live longer."
"Thank you for reminding me always to take care of my body and health."
Nowadays, people are becoming more conscious of their health and
this is the perfect time to show your special someone how to take care of
Dated 07 February 2012