Valentine’s Day is two days away and is usually a card-and-candy holiday—throw in a candlelit dinner out on the town and you’re bound to overindulge in calories. While a romantic night is a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, there are other ways to be romantic with your significant other. And, if you’re solo, don’t pout on the couch alone with a spoon and a container of ice cream. Grab a buddy and check out new activities together. Here are eight activities you can do with a your special someone or a partner.
1.) Sign up for a Valentine’s Day (or weekend) run.
Whether you’re a seasoned runner looking to PR or a recreational runner looking for some fun; attached or unattached, get your heart pumping and celebrate Valentine’s Day at a race. Usually themed runs are fun, laid back and offer tins of entertainment and food. Why not make the Valentine’s Day and weekend healthy and fun.
2.) Take a joint Fitness or Yoga class
Break a sweat as you boost cardio and lift weights or stretch out those muscles. You and your partner can motivate each other. If you are single, sign up for a singles fitness class. Meet your new mate doing something you both like to do.
3.) Go rock climbing!
Indoors or outdoors, rock climbing builds trust and confidence between you and your partner. Plus, rock climbing is a great way to build muscle. Challenge yourself; try something new and adventurous.
4) Enjoy a couple’s massage.
After a day of activities, why not relax and pamper yourself with a nice massage? Not only is a massage a nice treat, but it’s also therapeutic and allows your body to release toxins and function better. Studies show that during a massage, large amounts of endorphins are released into the bloodstream. Pain and stress is reduced, while pleasant memories, sexual activity, and happy emotions are increased.
5) Make Valentines Day stretch into the weekend and take a camping trip.
Get out of town and head for the woods. There’s nothing more romantic than sleeping under the stars with your partner. Or, grab your friends for a fun and adventurous trip. Explore all the hiking trails during the day, and at night cook, some delicious campfire foods while stargazing.
6) Take a cooking class together
Spice up your kitchen skills and impress others with new recipes that you learn from a cooking class. It’s a great way to interact with your partner, or meet new people who are interested in cooking. You can learn new cooking techniques, tasty recipes, how to pair wines, and more.
Whether you want to improve your wiggle dance or learn how to tango, dancing will get your heart rate up. Not only can you improve your coordination skills, but there’s also something sensational about dancing with your partner. You don’t have to be a pro to learn how to dance, be open-minded, have fun and watch your significant other move. Or, grab your friends for a fun evening of music and dancing.
8) Lace up your skates!
Hold hands as you skate around a roller rink or ice rink and pretend you’re a kid again. Spin and jump as you show off your amazing skating skills. Even if you’re not an Olympic skater, trying a few tricks is always fun. You might end up with a few bumps or bruises, but just think about how much laughter will occur because you just let go and have fun.
Go ahead, be adventurous and try something new this Valentine’s Day. Just think: if you do an activity or two throughout the day, you won’t feel too guilty when you have a piece of chocolate later. Regardless of your relationship status, enjoy the day with someone you care about and create fun memories with your loved ones.