January 31st, 2019

Get physical - Active ways to spend the Valentine’s Day

Think Valentine’s day and the idea of romantic cards, mushy teddy bears and lots of sweet chocolates comes to the mind. 

While watching a romantic movie followed by a candlelight dinner are great ideas to spend your Valentine’s Day, there are other ways you can celebrate the day with your love. Like celebrating it outdoors!

Studies show couples who workout together tend to be more successful in their relationship. Love grows through shared experiences and taking part in challenging adventures. And what better way than Valentine’s day to start working on a healthy habit and a healthier relationship!

Below are some outdoor activities ideas that could be perfect for you as a couple:

Hiking or Camping Trip

One-on-one time in the wilderness, away from the hustle-bustle of the city, can do your relationship a lot of good. Pack a pair of comfy clothes, put on some hiking shoes and get out the door to your nearest trail!

Ice Skating

Gliding on ice can be somewhat of a challenge, so why not take your partner out there with you to face the test. It's going to be fun and you’ll burn a few calories too.

Valentine’s Day Race

Running a race requires moral support and the best support you can get is your SO! Let those beta endorphins flow throughout your bodies and into your conversations during the run.

Partner Workout Class

Take a partner workout class with your boyfriend/girlfriend. These workouts help you build a stronger bond. Plus, you will have each other to support when one of you gets tired.

Dance Lessons

Try Salsa, Tango or Bachata with your spouse to spice up the relationship. Not only is dancing fun but dancing together will help you connect as a couple and improve the harmony of the relationship.

Bike Ride or Tandem Biking

Explore your city or town on a bike with your partner or try tandem biking. Pedalling at the same time needs teamwork and patience and this will translate to other aspects of the relationship.

Ski/Snowboarding Trip

Take your date out on the slopes! Face the frost with your partner on a long weekend adventure to a snowy destination. Pack your snow gear, hot chocolate and cuddle on the ski lift on your way up the mountain.

Rowing on the River

Another tandem activity that needs a lot of coordination is rowing. You both need to be in unison to get the boat to move. The chemistry and coordination are important for building a healthier relationship.

Grilling or Cooking Outside

Outdoor activities don’t only mean working out. They can also mean spending time outdoors cooking a healthy meal! Work together on a favorite healthy recipe or try something new that is delicious yet nutritious!

Knock two birds out with one stone by taking your lover with you to workout for Valentine’s Day and from this point forward. Not only are you becoming more fit, but you also may be trying something new, ensuring success and most importantly bonding with your loved one, which will ensure years happily together to come!

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​Sofia Rodriguez, Fitness & Health Expert

Sofia Rodriguez is a Fitness & Health Expert in the VA/DC area. She has a Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology and has worked with cardiac, cancer, diabetic, and injury rehab patients in the past. She is a Certified Personal Trainer ranked among top trainers in the country with many years of experience training clients for weight loss, muscle gain, and overall health. Sofia has been the go-to expert on many TV morning shows, has been featured in several magazines and online publications such as Forbes & Huffington Post, is a published fitness writer, a fitness model, and specializes in bodybuilding and nutrition. She is bilingual, speaking fluent Spanish and English.