When you think of February, what comes to mind? Romance has to top the list thanks to that chubby cherub with an arrow -- Cupid. February also represents heart health thanks to American Heart Month sponsored by the American Heart Association. This Valentine's Day why not take your significant other on a romantic trip with a heart-healthy twist?
Heart healthy romance
For a romantic approach that treats your heart as well, plan your romantic holiday around a comprehensive health resort like Pitrikin Longevity Center & Spa or Canyon Ranch with facilities in Tucson, Arizona; Lennox, Massachusetts; and Miami, Florida. Known for weight loss and health programs, these resorts also offer packages that include medical testing such as carotid ultrasounds, echocardiograms, blood panels and consultations with a cardiologist. So, where's the romance? Luxurious natural settings with accommodations that include every amenity that you can think of. Will the food be skimpy and boring? Not a chance. Chef-prepared meals are heart-healthy and delicious enough that you won't miss the calories. Just ask for a table for two lit with candles.
Romance at the spa
We all know that exercise contributes to a healthy heart, which leads to a more vigorous you. Add a few zen-like elements and you'll be fit and relaxed for romance. At experiential resorts like Travaasa Austin in Texas or Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa in Tucson; meditation, yoga, sunrise hikes and couples exercise sessions prepare your body and soul for together time. Once again, dining is healthy, but delicious.
Budget friendly romance
If traveling to a pricey health spa or resort doesn't fit your budget, plan a do-it-yourself romantic trip that's healthy, too. Start with accommodations in a romantic inn or bed and breakfast. Call the innkeeper ahead of time to request a healthy breakfast rather than the calorie-laden meals that many bed and breakfasts serve. Choose a destination with plentiful options for outdoor activity. Winter lovers should look for convenient access to cross country ski trails or snowshoe hikes. If warm weather ignites your passion, travel south for kayaking, hiking and swimming.
Still too pricey for you? Rent that cabin in the woods and bring the fixings for healthy meals to satisfy your hunger after long walks. In the evening relax by the fire -- the romance is up to you.
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