Plan an active Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2017

By Cassie Smith

This year, why not plan a healthy and unique date with the one you love? Skip the clichéd fancy restaurant dinner, which probably has more calories than a home-cooked meal, and try something new. One-third of all new cancer diagnoses in the United States are linked to being overweight or obese, physical inactivity and poor dietary habits, so it’s important to prioritize your health. You can bond over a new experience and improve your wellness with these fun activities. Here are some ideas to get you started on planning an active Valentine’s Day!

  • Go indoor rock climbing: Indoor rock climbing is a great way to get your heart rate up and build your muscles. If you’re feeling competitive (and confident), see who can make it to the top first. Last one to the top buys the smoothies!
  • Take a hike: Depending on where you live, hiking may or may not be an activity suited for February. If it’s warm enough, prepare a picnic at home to bring with you. Some healthy ideas include grapes, cheese and crackers, Greek yogurt and strawberries (dip them in dark chocolate for a special treat!). If you live in a colder climate, bundle up and go for a walk or run around the neighborhood, followed by an indoor picnic.
  • Stay off thin ice: Not many physical exercises allow you to hold hands—but ice skating does! After an hour or two of skating, your workout’s done for the day, and you’ll be ready for hot dark chocolate to warm you up!
  • Hit the slopes: Plan a weekend or day trip to a ski resort and unwind by a romantic fireplace at the end of the day.
  • Try out a new exercise class or dance lesson: The best way to try out a new workout is with a partner to support you. Check out your local gym to see if they are offering any specials for Valentine’s Day. If you prefer something a little more romantic, find a couples’ dance class.
  • Take a healthy cooking class: Kitchen supply stores (like Williams Sonoma or Sur La Table), cooking schools, community colleges or community recreation centers may offer cooking classes focused on healthy meals. You can add a new recipe or two to your repertoire and have fun leisurely cooking together without the stress (and cleanup!) that comes with a weekday meal.
  • Challenge your spouse to a healthy cookoff: Each of you selects healthy ingredients for the other to prepare. Set a timer and see who can make the tastiest dish to share!

The possibilities are endless! Think outside the candy box this year and your significant other will be impressed by your creativity and commitment to health!

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