Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Ideas

Win her (or his) heart with these healthy ways to celebrate
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couple on valentines day
melted chocolate and strawberries
tea for two
wine bottle
oysters
cooking with curry
couple having heart-to-heart
couple eating popcorn laughing
couple hugging
couple in bed
couple snow-shoeing
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Round the bases.

Go ahead and take the snuggling all the way. Having sex is good exercise. It's comparable to mild to moderate physical activity — the equivalent of climbing two flights of stairs, according to the American Heart Association. It can also boost heart health by increasing levels of the hormone DHEA in men and testosterone in men and women, according to a report published by the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Both hormones have been associated with a lower risk of heart attack. In a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology, men who had sex at least twice a week were half as likely to die of heart disease as guys who didn’t get lucky as often.