Valentine’s Day gifts fit for the heart

Valentine’s Day, think out of the box when you buy your sweetheart a gift. Sure, it’s easy to grab the traditional box of chocolates and flowers, but this year, consider a fitness related gift. Yes! It can be a romantic gift if you explain that you want to keep your sweetie’s heart and health in good shape so you’ll be together—for a long time.

For the big heart day, how about giving a heart rate monitor? Whether you are concerned for your loved one’s health or want to motivate your beloved to exercise, a heart rate monitor is a valuable tool, says Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Wellness Consultant Lori Howard. Depending on the amount you want to spend, you can find one that is customized and specialized with features such as an alarm if your heart rate goes too high or one that also tracks distance and speed.

Another great idea is a pedometer. It’s sometimes hard to get 10,000 steps in a day without a means to track it. Smart pedometers that record activity and give you challenges are also available.

New fitness gadgets that work with an app on a smartphone can record activity, calories burned, sleep patterns, meal intake and more!

Not sure what to get? You can plan a date in the fitness equipment store together. Maybe your sweetheart would prefer workout clothes or a new pair of running shoes.

Denise Pinkney is an editor in the Communications department at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota.

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