5 Different Ideas for A Healthier Valentine’s Day



With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now would be the perfect time to start planning what you want to buy for your loved one – so by the time Valentine’s Day comes around, you’re not in trouble! 😉

But the question always is – what do you get?

Another cheesy heart-shaped box of chocolates?

A traditional bouquet of red roses?

A cliché teddy bear?…

Even though everyone likes a little bit (or a lot) of chocolate on Valentine’s day, wouldn’t it be nice to give something unexpected this year as a surprise?

Well if you like the sound of that but you’re stuck for ideas – we’ve done the thinking for you (just don’t ask us to write the card too ;-))

So here you go, take a break from the ‘cliché this Valentine’s day and try one of these 5 Healthy ideas:

1. Take a walk

What about going for a walk somewhere like Moonlight Beach in Encinitas or along the new walkway from Encinitas to Solana Beach (the view is amazing from there)? Getting some fresh air with a nice daytime walk or dipping your toes in the sand for a sunset stroll is a great way to spend quality time with your significant other or a close friend while getting in some good exercise.

Getting outdoors is known to boost your mood as well as energy.

If you’re looking for a weekend-long way to celebrate turn your walk into a couple of my favorite hikes like at Torrey Pines State National Reserve Park located between La Jolla and Del Mar or Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve located between Torrey Highlands and Mira Mesa!

2. Take a Swing at Golf or Pickleball

Whether you and your other half are already pros, or if it’s completely new to one or both of you – taking a golf or pickleball lesson is a great way to do something active, fun and learn something new together!

Not only is it a fun activity, tennis and pickleball come with a number of health benefits… including improved aerobic fitness and better bone health.

3. Make Your Own Dark Chocolate Fondue

It’s no secret I’m a big fan of chocolate – and I can bet you’d be lying if you said you didn’t look forward to enjoying some on Valentine’s Day.

And when you start dipping fresh fruit in chocolate? Even better. So why not melt some dark chocolate (which is great for you!) and cuddle up on the sofa with a glass of wine or watch a romantic movie.

This is also completely acceptable to do any other night, alone, or with friends.

4. Go Ice Skating

Ice skating is one of the most fun activities to do during winter – it’s cold outside anyway, so why not?

It’s a great low-impact workout (assuming you skip the intense twirls and jumps), and great fun.

Just make sure to warm up before hand as it’s exercise in the cold, and hold onto each other for dear life to prevent any falls – which let’s face it, are likely to happen!


5. A Luxury Massage

Perfect for family women and men, office workers and housewives who deserve a break and some ‘me-time.’

If that sounds like something you’d love to surprise your partner with, our top Massage Therapist can help you and a loved one de-stress, effortlessly unwind and have all of your tension finally taken care of.

You can give us a call (760) 503-4440, or HIT REPLY, and we’ll get you booked in. 🙂

Enjoy treating your loved one to something different this year!

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