Let us take a break from running, because it is Valentines Day! Whether you are celebrating the special bond between you and your significant other, celebrating your singleness, or caught in a bad romance – be sure to top off your V-day with chocolate!
According to Men’s Fitness, chocolate fights diseases and has many nutrients including flavonoids which are powerful antioxidants that mop up the cell-damaging free radicals that have been linked to cancer and heart disease. Choose alkaline-free cocoa products, such as Hershey’s Cocoa and Godiva.
Do not be afraid to go “Dutch” as there are processed alkaline chocolates to lower the bitterness and les flavonoid ingredients. Yes that means you can have Hershey kisses, Mr. Goodbar, and Nestle chocolate chips. Oh my!
Believe it! chocolate also helps reduce inflammation in blood vessels, keeping them open and optimum blood flow to your heart and your other working muscles.
One last tip: Chocolate does not cause breakouts, as they contain antioxidants. Now you can eat your cake! Happy Valentines Day!
Jason Yu is Partner and Director of Marketing for Social Media Solutions in Richmond, VA. His company specializes in Social Media Strategy and Online Reputation Management. Jason enjoys keeping active by running, swimming and working out on a daily basis. Jason has ran in over fifteen running races including the Monument Avenue 10K, Philadelphia Half Distance Run, Richmond Half-Marathon, and Xterra races. Interesting facts about Jason is that he is a music fanatic, macaroni and cheese connoisseur, and aspiring “mixologist.”
Jason Yu is Partner and Director of Marketing for The Hardwicke Group in Richmond, VA. His company specializes in new media, PR and influence with an emphasis on digital marketing strategy and reputation management. Jason enjoys keeping active by biking, running and working out on a daily basis. Jason has ran in over twenty running races including the Marine Corps Marathon, Tough Mudder, Richmond Marathon, and Xterra races. Interesting facts about Jason is that he is a music fanatic, in search fro the best macaroni and cheese, and aspiring “mixologist.”