The Stay Well team care about all hearts. The romantic ones, the classic ones, the ones that buy their partners flowers and chocolates from the garage on the way home from work last minute. Although you’d think you would have set a calendar reminder for the 14 Feb years ago!

We want to talk to you all about taking care of your heart and the hearts you love. There are simple steps you can take to help maintain healthy, happy hearts this Valentine’s day.

Step 1) For the classic hearts – make your Valentines meal balanced.

A healthy meal is the best way. Maintain a healthy diet (and not just on the 14th) with vegetables, fibre and less saturated fats. We know you’ve heard this one before! But, saturated fats raise the level of cholesterol in your blood which can increases your risk of heart disease and monitoring the amount of salt in your diet can help you maintain a healthy blood pressure.

Step 2) For the retro hearts – Get up and active.

Think about your date night. What are you up to this Valentines? Can you do anything to include some moderate aerobic exercise. NHS UK recommends 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week. Parking 15 minutes away from your favourite old-school cinema will allow you to walk your way to a healthy heart with the one you love.

Step 3) For the completely smitten hearts – be aware of what you drink.

Are you treating your significant other to a bottle this Valentine’s day? That’s all good. Just make sure you consider the recommended daily limits when consuming it. Limits have been set for both women and men to help reduce the risk of health problems. Including your heart. Just having one glass with your meal will keep you within both of your limits. (If you’re over the age of 18 of course!)

Step 4) For the broken hearts – Make Valentines a stress free day.

Even with a broken heart this Valentine’s day, stay positive. Stress and upset can increase the lure of bad habits like smoking, drinking and over-eating. Take some you time! Spend the day doing the things you love. Things like yoga, meditation walking and art can also help get you through a stressful time. And just remember… summer is just around the corner.

Step 5) For all hearts –  Manage your weight.

A touchy subject sometimes…we know! But, working on maintaining a healthy weight really does lower your risk factor for heart complications. With a combination of regular exercise and a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables you’ll be well on your way to a happy healthy heart. What is your BMI? Calculate it here. This will tell you if you’re on the right track or need some help to get yourself to a healthy place. Encourage the people who have your hearts to do the same.

Most importantly, spread the love this Valentine’s day. Why not tell the person you love that you care about them by sharing this blog on leading a healthier life?

These steps will cut out multiple risk factors to protect your heart and the ones you love this Valentine’s day. But, not all of them. For more help on leading a healthier life for your heart consult a healthcare professional. There is an overwhelming amount of information out there. You just need to be pointed in the right direction.

All our love,

The Stay Well Team