With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s probably pretty safe to say that last thing on your mind is physical therapy (and rightfully so!). However, Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy has a few hopeless romantics who also believe that special days should be celebrated with health and fitness in mind. So, Foothills challenges you to think about spending this Valentine’s Day building your relationship through experiences, and not just relying on possessions to make the day memorable.
To give you a little help and guidance, our Phoenix physical therapy experts have come up with some creative ideas for making your special day as healthy and enjoyable as possible:
Nothing says romance like dancing the night away. To sweep your significant other off his or her feet, take a dance class together, check out a local club or steal a romantic dance in the living room or kitchen this Valentine’s Day. Get caught up in the moment and make this a night to remember.
Bond on a Hike
You don’t have to be flashy to have a romantic day. Take your loved one on a hike and bond together on the trail. You could pack a picnic lunch or grab a light meal before your romantic trek. Afterwards, enjoy the feeling of conquering a mountain and making memories. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water and snacks along for the ultimate hiking experience.
Prepare a Healthy Meal
On Valentine’s Day over 45% of gifts given will be candy, according to 2015 research. To avoid a sugary, fatty holiday, make your own dinner. Your significant other will appreciate the effort put into cooking. Supporting each other’s health is important to any relationship. Or, try taking a cooking class! Learn how to make a new dish or how to incorporate healthier foods into your favorite meals. It’s a great way to spend time with the person you care about, plus you’ll take away valuable cooking skills. It’s a win-win!
Stretch (Safely) with your Partner
Exercising with your partner can be beneficial for your health, but before any strenuous exercise consider dynamic stretching exercises that you can do together. Loosening up the body before any physical activity will minimize the risk of injury for both partners and keep you and your loved one in tip-top shape.
Unwind and Go for a Walk at Sunset
Let’s face it. There’s nothing like a romantic sunset. Relax this Valentine’s by taking a long walk with your partner. Walking has great cardiovascular benefits while minimizing the impact on your joints. Plus, it’s an incredible way to spend quality, uninterrupted time with that special someone. If you ask us, that’s time well spent!
Studies have proven that spending money on experiences is more satisfying than buying material items. The average person will spend $130 on Valentine’s Day, but some of the best memory-makers are activities couples can do enjoy for free. Don’t succumb to the notion that Valentine’s Day has to be about flowers and chocolate. The original purpose of the holiday was to celebrate love and that’s what our Foothills physical therapy experts hope you can accomplish with our Valentine’s Day suggestions.
Our team at Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy knows how to help get you on the right track. If you have questions about your physical health or want advice on how to exercise properly, make an appointment today for your physical therapy consultation! To learn about Phoenix physical therapy and what our certified physical therapists can do for you, check out the Foothills blog.
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