10 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day: as a couple or a family

10 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day: as a couple or a family

Whether you’re looking for a romantic and healthy way to celebrate as a couple, or you celebrate Valentine’s Day as one big loving family, we’ve got you covered. Try one or more of these ideas to get your heart beating a little faster this Valentine’s Day and don’t miss Dr. Knipping’s  post about stress and its connection to future cardiovascular events.

Celebrating family style?

  1. Bundle up the kids and plan an outing – how about ice skating or a a wintry hike?
  2. Be active as a family and enjoy an afternoon or evening on the toboggan hill. Toast your love and warm chilly fingers by bringing along a thermos of hot chocolate to enjoy.
  3. Try something new as a family. How about indoor climbing, visiting an indoor trampoline facility, or building a snow fort and enjoying a winter picnic in it?
  4. Bake and decorate some heart-shaped cookies and share them with those you love.
  5. Show your love for others by doing something special for another family, an elderly relative or neighbour, or by volunteering in your community.

Just the two of you?

  1. Plan a healthy meal, shop for the ingredients you’ll need, and get cooking… together!
  2. No matter what the weather, dress for it and enjoy a winter walk followed by cups of hot chocolate.
  3. Love and exercise can make our hearts beat faster, so combine them for an active date with someone special. Hit the gym, hit the trails on snowshoes, go for a run, or keep it simple and hold hands on an extra-long walk.
  4. Indulge in a few spa products and spend an afternoon or evening pampering yourselves with body scrubs and lotions, facials, massages, and do-it-yourself manicures and pedicures.
  5. Plan a weekend away. Whether you like to shop, wine and dine, or prefer a weekend of winter sports, cherish the time you have together and make some memories.

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!


A marketing communications professional with over 25 years of experience and a fitness instructor/trainer of three decades, Catherine has inspired thousands of Canadians to lead active, healthy lives. Catherine lives in Toronto and has two daughters, ages 21 and 18. Visit Catherine's website