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Turning up the heat

Picture this scene: Your honey sweeps in with a dozen roses and a big box of chocolates wrapped in a red bow. You reach to unwrap it and spy something that makes your heart stop.

(Cue soundtrack of woman screaming.) 1,400 calories.

That’s the heartbreak of eating one pound of chocolate.

We know, not very romantic. But if you’ve been watching your weight, all those sweet tokens of affection add up.

Just three pieces of chocolate equal 200 calories. And what about breakfast in bed?

A decadent meal of Texas french toast, a sausage patty and a glass of orange juice is 512 calories. That’s not including butter and syrup. C’mon, who wants to eat french toast without butter and syrup?

Planning to have some wine with dinner? A glass of red wine is 125 calories. After two, you should’ve just eaten the chocolate.

But Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a diet killer. Go ahead and eat those chocolates and make a toast with your sweetheart. We’ve come up with some romantic ways you can burn off those extra calories. Sweating is optional.

Ice skating

What says romance like holding hands and twirling around an ice rink? The movies use it as a dating go-to all the time. And while you hold onto each other, trying not to fall, or trying to keep warm, you’re burning 476 calories an hour. Fort Wayne boasts two places you can strap on some skates. There’s the ice rink at Headwaters Park and Lutheran Health SportsCenter, 3869 Ice Way.

Dancing

Dress up in your best dress or suit and hit the floor. You may not be Ginger Rogers or Fred Astaire, but you’re sure to heat up the room with a tango, or dazzle each other with a waltz. And as you glide across the floor, know that you will be burning 204 calories an hour. If you like the fast stuff, such as line dancing or contra, that will be an additional 102 calories burned per hour.

You can find many of these dances offered throughout the area. Some places offering dancing are: ballroom, American Style Ballroom on North Clinton Street and Renaissance Ballroom Dance Studio in Ossian; Fort Wayne Traditional Music and Dance Society offers a contra dance each month at the University of Saint Francis; Neon Armadillo on Lima Road offers line dancing every Thursday; and 816 Pint & Slice on South Calhoun Street offers salsa dancing Saturdays.

Walking

We’re not talking speed walking here. But taking a nice stroll in one of Fort Wayne’s many parks or walking trails can shed between 136 to 170 calories per hour. Why not make it more romantic by going to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art? Walking past all that artwork can make one appreciate things of beauty.

Cooking

How about preparing a healthy meal together? This is a three-for-one deal. You get to spend time together, eat delicious food and work off 136 calories per hour while doing it. Maybe you won’t spend an entire hour cooking, but hey, things can sometimes get hot in the kitchen – which could cause you to skip the meal and lead to our next suggestion.

Sex

If you haven’t thought about it, sex is an excellent form of cardio, as well as a great stress reliever. And getting into shape can actually help you in the bedroom. According to WebMD.com, people who are out of shape are often less motivated to have sex. For 15 minutes of sexual intercourse, a person will burn 72 calories.

Kissing

Pucker up. Smothering your sweetheart with kisses can burn up to 68 calories an hour. Throw in a little petting and it can reach up to 90 calories.

Note: Calories vary depending on foods. Exercise based on 150-pound person.

trich@jg.net

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