As Valentine’s Day draws near, we must not forget that staying healthy and keeping our loved ones healthy should remain our top priority. Here are 5 tips to help achieve that:

1. Why not have an exercise date?

Sure, you may have a romantic dinner in mind as your main event for Valentine’s Day. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a nice sunrise jogging date with your love? You might ask how would it benefit you? To quote Elle Woods from Legally Blonde “Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy!” Not to mention endorphins is actually responsible for the feeling of being in love.

2. Make a special meal at home

Instead of dining out, why not prepare a sumptuous, but healthy meal at home for your loved one? Preparing the food at home helps you gain control of what goes into your food. This is important because you don’t have to worry about hidden nasty ingredients in the condiments potentially used by a restaurant. Start by thinking of what your loved one’s favorite dishes are and try to recreate it. Bon appetit!

3. Limit the sweets

Valentine’s day almost always equals gifts of candy and chocolate. However, fact is, you don’t have to give chocolates and candy especially if you truly care about the health of the one you love, especially if they have elevated blood sugar levels or are diabetic. Opt for other gift options that they will appreciate. If you must have the sweets, make sure to limit it to reasonable levels. Remember that Valentine’s Day is not an excuse to binge on sugar.

4. Give the gift of health

Other gift options can include things that can help your loved one stay healthy. Buy a fitness tracking watch or sign them up for a new gym or spa membership and it will be much appreciated for those who value their health.

5. Go on therapeutic dates

Therapeutic dates nowadays are no longer limited to just visiting the spa for a massage, although that is a fantastic option as well. Go for a painting session, a trampoline park fun romp, or even a nice water spa date to soothe and relax the senses.