It’s February here in Belton, MO, and that means Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! That probably has a lot of us thinking about the people closest to us and how we can best express to them our love and affection. We send greeting cards and gifts, flowers and chocolates. We plan a magical date night out on the town, and some of us attend church services to commemorate the day. Even if you don’t necessarily buy into what the chocolatiers, jewelers, and flower delivery services say you need to do this Valentine’s Day, it can be a wonderful time to show those closest to you how much you care.
Valentine’s Day is often identified with the symbol of the heart, representing love and romance. But it can also be a reminder to think about your own heart, and what it means to you and those you love. Sure, we all made New Year’s resolutions to eat better, exercise more, and get more out of life, but for many of us, like most Americans, those ideas which seemed so noble and achievable on January 1st have often fallen by the wayside come the beginning of February.
One meaningful but inexpensive way to show the most important people in your life how much you care is to reignite your interest in healthy habits. After all, keeping your heart healthy can help you be there for those who need you most, whether that’s your spouse or significant other, your children, your grandchildren, or simply your friends and neighbors at the Lazy Acres senior living community in Belton. So, what are a few things that you can do to take care of your heart and your health this February?
- If the weather is good, get out and take a walk! You don’t have to go alone, either. Invite friends and neighbors to join you, or even form a neighborhood walking club!
- If you’re planning a party or a big meal for Valentine’s Day or Mardi Gras or any other reason, don’t go for high-calorie snacks. Try something from a heart healthy cookbook that you and your guests can feel good about gorging on.
- In fact, if you’re looking to change your eating habits this year, there are worse places to start than with a heart healthy diet as prescribed by the Mayo Clinic!
- Finally, don’t give up on that gym membership that you may have purchased as part of your New Year’s resolution!
As the American Heart Association likes to say, healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons to fight cardiovascular disease. It’s not as hard as you may think. And if you really are feeling the love for someone close to you this February, encourage them to do the same!
Whatever you do to stay fit and healthy this February, it’s more fun to do it around friends and neighbors at the Lazy Acres senior living community in Belton, MO. Ready to join the neighborhood? Just give us a call at (816) 331-4886 or fill out our online contact form any time!