Here's how plan a healthy yet memorable celebration

These ideas can help you celebrate a guilt-free, yet thoughtful, smart, and personalised V-Day. Photo: iStock/pixelfit

Guilty pleasures and Valentine's Day go hand-in-hand, but if you have fitness as a New Year resolution, you shouldn't mix the two. We don't mean to say that you have to ruin the fun part of the day. Rather, plan a guilt-free, yet thoughtful, smart, and personalised V-Day celebration that fills your heart, boosts your health, and is also easy on your pocket. Here's how to go about it:

Start your day with a walk
Whether you are single (looking for a Valentine) or in a relationship (about to impress your favourite person), nothing can give you that natural boost of morning endorphins like a relaxed, stress-free walk enjoying the fresh air and nature at its best.

While it can help couples bond and begin the day on a positive note, 'single and ready-to-mingle' you might meet a like-minded, health-conscious person on the day! Even if you don't, the walk will improve your mood, and self-esteem and help you enjoy the rest of the day. 

The gift of health
For a healthy V-Day, think beyond roses and chocolates. Why not give your loved one something that motivates them to stay fit? It can be anything from a fitness watch or home gym equipment to a quality skin care kit or a juicer. Let your gift continue to live after the V-Day, reminding your partner of your love and care. 

Prepare a meal together
Cooking can be a love language this V-Day if you prepare a romantic, restaurant-worthy yet healthy meal with your date. It can be something simple like a filling salad, homemade cake, a flavoursome soup, a classic omelette, or even a barbecued chicken or fish. Round your feast with some sweet nothings and the experience can be fulfilling at all levels. 

You can safely go for a second or third round with alcohol-free drinks on V-Day. Photo: Shutterstock/galsand

Say yes to dry dating
Yes, you can enjoy the day with some low-calorie, heart-friendly love potions too, keeping alcohol aside. Here are a few recipes. And what's more? You can safely go for a second or third round with these delicious drinks without worrying about a hangover or weight gain. 

Engage in safe sex
There might never be a better time to enjoy sex, but make sure you take some much-required precautions. Use barrier methods that are comfortable for you to stay away from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). They will also help you avoid unplanned pregnancies.

As a responsible adult, you can also get yourself checked to know whether you already suffer from any such infections. Also, make sure that you prioritise your mental health more than celebrating a day, and that you are making the decisions for what suits you the best. Making sure that your sexual devices are clean can also help you steer clear of future health problems.

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