Buying your man a Valentine’s Day gift can be tough, especially if he’s not that into the holiday. He may say he doesn’t know what he wants or he may just be one of those people who are tough to buy for. So why not get him something that’s really useful – a gift that will keep him in good health. If you don’t know what to get, check out these 10 healthy gift ideas.
If your man loves to work out, buy him a gym membership if he doesn’t already have one. If he’s needed a little bit of motivation to get to the gym, a paid membership is a good incentive to get him off of the couch. Make a date out of it by getting one for yourself and start working out together. A couple’s workout is a great way to spend a little more time together while doing something proactive towards better health.
(For more fun and healthy things to do on Valentine’s Day, read 10 Valentine’s Day Activities That Will Burn Calories.)
If your man loves to run and exercise often, chances are his sneakers are worn to shreds. Surprise him with a new pair of high-performance sneakers that are durable, comfortable and support the foot with shock absorbers. Then take him for a run in your favorite park or just around the block. It’s a great way to spend time together and you’ll be keeping him – and yourself – in shape as well.
Before you go on that run, give him a filtered water bottle. Plastic water bottles produce so much waste, especially if you use a couple of them every day. Using a filtered water bottle can cut down on that waste and can save some money since it filters tap water. Many plastic bottles and even some reusable bottles also contain a chemical called bisphenol A (BPA), which can mimic the effects of hormones. So when purchasing a filtered water bottle, make sure it’s BPA-free.
A heart rate monitor may not sound super romantic, but it’s a useful way to show him his heart is in good hands. Some heart rate monitors are even compatible with certain iPods and fitness systems and can display your heart rate along with calories burned and workout time. It’s another great gift to give him before your run or with the gym membership.
If your man’s going to be spending a lot of time at the gym now that he has a membership, you’re probably going to want to make sure that he goes there in style. Get him some sports apparel that will show off his sculpted body while keeping him comfortable and his skin ventilated.
If your man has sensitive skin, treat him to a variety of shaving products that contain natural ingredients like essential oils and botanical extracts. Make sure the products are free of parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate and phthalates, which can irritate skin and may lead to health problems in the long-term if used frequently.
After that long run, he’s probably going to want to relax and there’s nothing more relaxing than a massage. Studies show that massages also have a positive impact on your health. They can relieve stress and even lower blood pressure. If you want to share in the experience yourself, take him to the spa for a “his and hers” massage.
(For other tips to lower blood pressure, read 10 Tips For Lowering Blood Pressure Naturally.)
The best way to a man’s heart is through is stomach, so make up a food basket with healthy alternatives to his favorite snacks. Get a few bags of baked potato chips, which are low in fat, and a can of mixed nuts, which are high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E. If he has a sweet tooth, get him some dark chocolate, which is full of heart-healthy antioxidants and low in unsaturated fat.
(For more healthy snack ideas, read 8 Alternatives To Unhealthy Valentine’s Day Sweets.)
If your man is a wine connoisseur, get him a good bottle of red wine. Red wine is a good source of antioxidants and contains resveratrol, a polyphenol that protects the blood vessels in the heart. Research suggests that resveratrol can increase the level of good cholesterol (HDL), decrease the level of bad cholesterol (LDL) and can even prevent the formation of blood clots and plaque in the arteries.
If your man is a meat and potatoes kind of guy and doesn’t like to eat his vegetables, get him a juicer. Juicing is an excellent way to incorporate more vegetables and fruits into his diet, and, therefore, more essential vitamins and minerals. Many juicers even come with a recipe book to show how to mix the fruit and vegetables so you won’t taste the veggies. You can even come up with your own concoctions to try with him so you can reap the nutritional benefits yourself.