Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Ideas

Win her (or his) heart with these healthy ways to celebrate
couple hugging Photo: wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock
couple on valentines day
melted chocolate and strawberries
tea for two
wine bottle
cooking with curry
couple having heart-to-heart
couple eating popcorn laughing
couple hugging
couple in bed
couple snow-shoeing
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Offer an extra-long hug.

A nice long hug does more than express your deepest affection. It can lower blood pressure and heart rate thanks to a rise in levels of the “love” hormone oxytocin, according to a study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hug for at least 20 seconds for maximum benefits. It may also lead to the next heart-healthy idea on our list.