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Burn Off Those Valentine Treats

Enjoy your heart-day splurges, guilt-free, with these smart moves to burn off the calories.

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20 Conversation Hearts (120 calories)

When a bowl of these yummies decorates every desk, popping a handful is almost automatic.

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Burn Them Off This Way: Sneak In Exercise

Going out for dinner with your honey? "Take a cab to dinner and walk back," says personal trainer and fitness expert Rea Frey Holguin, author of The Cheat Sheet: A Clue-by-Clue Guide to Finding Out if He's Unfaithful. "Because it's cold you'll be forced to cuddle and walk fast." A 30-minute walk at a brisk pace will burn 133 calories. A walk indoors can have the same impact: "If you need to make a half-hour phone call, walk while you talk," says Ivan Ferran, director of clinical exercise at Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa in Miami. Calories burned: 133!

* Note: The calories burned are estimates based on a 150-pound woman. What you burn depends on your height, weight, and how vigorously you work out.

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Two Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Rods (350 calories)

If it's February, Alex Fitzpatrick, mother of three boys in Shelton, Connecticut, and author/blogger of Ma, What's for Dinner? (mawhats4dinner.com), is probably baking up a batch of her homemade caramel-and-chocolate-coated pretzel rods, also known as "Cupid's Arrows." And eating them.

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Burn Them Off This Way: Ice-Skating

How does Fitzpatrick enjoy her chocolate-covered treat with no guilt? "I burn off the calories by taking my boys ice-skating," she says. "That burns about 350 calories an hour."

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10 Chocolate Kisses (220 calories)

So sweet and smooth, they're almost better than the real thing.

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Burn Them Off This Way: Hit the Hay

"Having sex for 45 minutes will burn off those kisses," says Franklin Antoian, a personal trainer and founder of iBodyFit.com, a fitness website. Not to mention giving you a mood-lifting endorphin boost.

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Four Chocolate Champagne Truffles (240 calories)

If you're like Lindsay Lopez, a Pilates instructor and blogger in New York City, you can't resist a chance to down chocolate truffles with a creamy chocolate-icing filling and a shot of champagne at the center.

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Burn It Off This Way: Pilates

"Do a beginner Pilates workout and burn 210 calories," says Lopez. One hour of advanced Pilates will burn 360 calories.

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One Slice of Heart-Shaped Cheese Pizza (270 calories)

Those heart-shaped pizzas offered by such chains as Papa John's and Papa Murphy's sure are cute, but that doesn't make them any less caloric!

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Burn It Off This Way: Play Tennis

Find an indoor tennis court and challenge your precious to a 30-minute volley, suggests Phil Timmons. Calories burned: 270.

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A Handful (1 ounce) of Red-Hot Cinnamon Hearts (100 calories)

If you're a two-fisted eater of Red-Hots, you're not alone. These things are irresistible!

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Burn Them Off This Way: Hit the Stairs

This red-hot move will burn off those cinnamon treats in a hurry, says fitness trainer and creator of Core Conditioning Crossfit, a workout program in Los Angeles: "Run up and down flights of stairs in your apartment or office building." Do that for 15 minutes and you'll burn 112 calories.

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Four Dark-Chocolate-Covered Strawberries (200 calories)

As far as Valentine's Day treats go, these are good news: You'll get fiber and vitamin C from the strawberries and a wallop of antioxidants from the dark chocolate.

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Burn It Off This Way: Calisthenics

Fitness expert Jon Park, CEO and founder of Legacy Gym, a training center in Los Angeles, says an hour of calisthenics will shave off those calories. Try a series of these: Lie on your back on a mat, knees bent, arms at your sides, eight inches from your hips. Lift your pelvis so that your chin is at 90 degrees, your eyes are looking down, and hold to a count of three while doing Kegel exercises. Whew! Add in squats, push-ups, and sit-ups, and you'll burn 246 calories.

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One Iced Cupcake (290 calories)

"I swear Valentine's Day cupcakes call me by name in the supermarket," says Jill Seiman, a lifestyle blogger and mother of a 16-month-old son in New York City.

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Burn It Off This Way: Walking

To have your cupcake and eat it, too, take brisk hour-long walks pushing a stroller like Seiman does to burn it off. A 3 1/2-mile-per-hour pace burns 267 calories.

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A Handful of Chocolate Almonds (nine for 230 calories)

These are even easier to throw back than candy hearts. And the calories can add up fast.

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Burn Them Off This Way: Pillow Fight!

"Sounds silly, but smacking each other with pillows is a full-body workout," says fitness pro Holguin. "Aim for 20 minutes and you've got 200 calories burned."

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A Glass of Champagne (6 ounces, 150 calories)

Toast your valentine, your best friend, your mother—yourself! Cheers!

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Burn It Off This Way: Yoga

Do 25 minutes of high-intensity yoga like Vinyasa yoga, says Phil Timmons, national group fitness expert at Life Time Fitness, a national fitness company. Calories burned: 156.

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One 3-Ounce Chocolate Heart (230 calories)

It gives new meaning to eating your heart out, especially if you share with a beloved.

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Burn It Off This Way: Go Skiing

Downhill skiing is a great workout no matter what sweet you've indulged in. 30 minutes will burn 230 calories.

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One 4-Ounce Filet Mignon (280 calories)

You earned that steak, now here's how to work it off.

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Burn It Off This Way: Hike

What could be more romantic than a hike in the woods? asks Aaron Snyder, diet coach, fitness trainer, and author of The New Diabetes Prescription. Hike one hour, burn 200 calories. Or try some retail therapy with your partner, he suggests. Shopping together (even if you don't buy anything) burns 100 calories per hour.

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Two Medium-Sized Chocolate Chip Cookies (360 calories)

Okay, they're not shaped like hearts but everyone loves them and today is all about love.

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Burn Them Off This Way: Dance

"Dancing for 90 minutes will burn those calories away," says diet-and-fitness expert Laura M. Rosch, D.O., an osteopathic internist in Chicago. Calories burned: 360.

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One-Half Cup of Chocolate Ice Cream (270 calories)

Cold hands, warm heart. Who's not in the mood for love while she eats ice cream?

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Burn It Off This Way: Go Bowling

"If you go bowling for 45 minutes with your sweetheart, you can have fun and burn 220 calories at the same time," says Dr. Rosch.

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