Are dinner dates, visiting friends, or going to the movies becoming the norm? Here are three ways to include physical activity as a date to keep things fresh and fun, and provide health benefits to both of you.
Getting Active on a Date:
- Start date night with an activity you both enjoy, perhaps a tennis match? You will find that your energy level will improve and you’ll feel more relaxed afterwards.
- Even for those events that require uncomfortable footwear (e.g., high-heels), think about bringing a comfortable change of shoes so you can walk, completely or partly, to and from your destination.
- Tip: Bring a small bag with you so you can check your walking shoes with your coat.
Daytrips as a date:
- You can visit a historic park by foot, bike in farm-country, or hit the ski slopes.
- Double the fun by including another couple. For the dedicated, activities like a multi-day hiking or kayaking trip provides an opportunity to really learn about each other.
If one partner is more active than the other:
- Skill level for an activity can vary widely within a couple. If so, not a big deal, remember this is date night! Try toning it down a bit and enjoy a leisurely bike ride, a swim at the local pool, or a nice romantic walk and enjoy the sunset and of course the company.
Being active with your partner is the oldest date in the book. Think about it, did Neanderthals sit and watch sitcoms together? OK, perhaps they sat and watched the sunset, but you get the point!
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