For most people, Valentine’s Day means making reservations at an expensive restaurant, getting dressed up, and downing a box of chocolates. However, if you’re tired of generic date nights and want to plan a memorable Valentine’s Day, fitness might be the answer! Get your heart pounding from more than just locking eyes with your sweetheart this year.
Here are six amazing ways you can make the holiday extra special while getting in a little extra exercise on the side.
Sweat It Out Together in a Hot Yoga Class
If you’re looking for a steamy date, hot yoga is the way to go (literally)! The yoga studio is pumped full of hot, humid air to get you sweating while you stretch. Don’t worry if you’re not flexible – your instructor will be able to help you modify the poses as needed so you can focus on form and breath. This is the perfect way to end a long, stressful day and unwind together so you can reconnect on a deeper level.
Dance the Night Away
Nothing burns calories quite like dancing. Even just an hour of moderate dancing at a salsa class or on the club dancefloor can help you burn between 300 and 400 calories. If you and your partner know your way around a routine or two, you can kick it up a notch and really get your heart pounding with more intense moves like swing dancing. For more novice dancers, you can book a private lesson or join a group class and learn some fancy footwork from an expert. Regardless of the genre of music you like or the moves you know, you’ll have no trouble finding a local class that’s sure to deliver an exciting evening.
Hit the Slopes
February can be a difficult month for planning romantic outdoor dates due to the freezing temperatures and unpleasant weather. But if you live near snowcapped peaks, there’s no better date idea than a day spent on the mountain. Whether you’re interested in skiing, snowboarding, or you’re a total novice to snow sports, you’ll get in a serious burn shredding the slopes. If downhill sports aren’t really your style, try cross country skiing to get in some exercise while taking in the sights together. And if all else fails, you can always build a snowman!
Throw Some Axes
Show off your lumberjack skills with a date at an axe-throwing venue. This fun activity has gained a ton of popularity in the past few years and has proved to be an incredibly fun and unique date idea. Honestly, what could be more fun than having a few drinks and hurling an axe at a target? You can even up the ante and make things a little more interesting by challenging your date to a friendly competition. Loser buys dinner anyone?
Test Your Skills at Indoor Rock Climbing
Although most people tend to only think of their arms and their grip strength when it comes to rock climbing, this sport actually tests all of your muscle groups. Because this all-body activity combines cardio, strength, and mobility, just one rock climbing session can help you burn between 500 and 900 calories. If the weather permits, you can find a great outdoor climbing site or take it indoors to a local climbing gym. And with a belay certification, you can really show your partner that you’re always there to catch them!
Go On a Scenic Hike
If you’re interested in the idea of an all-day date, take your romance out to the wild by planning a full day hike. All you need is a backpack, good food, and water (and maybe some snowshoes depending on where you live) and you’re set for an entire day of experiencing nature’s beauty together. You can hit up a casual scenic trail or go for stunning mountain views. Wherever you go, the movement is sure to keep the conversation coming and the smiles strong.
We hope this list inspires you to keep fitness involved in your relationship. Here’s to meaningful and fit connections this Valentine’s Day.