Focused On Fitness - The Power of Love

    I know firsthand the power of love. I saw it in my parent's lives. They met and dated for five years without ever dating anyone else and then were married for 55 years until my Dad passed away. The power of their love helped them get through the sacrifices they made in England during WWII. They moved to this country after the war to start a new life and in short order lost a son and their farmhouse burned to the ground and they lost literally everything else. But through it all, they loved. My mother ended one of the chapters of their "love" story by passing away on what would have been my father's 85th birthday.

    Each week I put together a fitness and health newsletter, but this week, the focus is solely on how love can impact our health and well being as we celebrate St. Valentine's Day. The incentive for this special issue came from an article that I read this morning entitled, "A Tour of Your Sacred Heart". As it says in the beginning of the article, "Once you access the power of love, your life will change in a heartbeat" and that has to be healthy for your heart. In the article, you will learn about the Institute of HeartMath®, a nonprofit organization recognized as a global leader in researching the critical link among emotions, heart-brain communication and cognitive function. Apparently the power of love is quantifiable. And then there is the side of love that is as simple as togetherness or as complex as intimacy. I hope that you enjoy this week's articles and that St. Valentine will somehow bless your life.

Featured Articles 
   A Tour of Your Sacred Heart - Learn to turn to the energy of your heart and use your power within.
   9 Foods to Heat Up Your Love Life - common foods and why they might be able to put a little extra oomph into that special evening!
   5 Ways to Sweat with Your Sweetie - How to workout and keep the romance dialed up to 11 at the same time.
   Test Your Valentine's Day IQ - How much do you know about why we celebrate today.

Be healthy and love,
    Richard Dafter