AH! Valentine’s Day is just a few days away!
For those of you into Valentine’s Day with no idea what to do, I know that strikes panic in your hearts (pun intended).
(Not mine, though; the beau and I already ROCKED OUT to Kings of Leon last weekend. Seriously, who wants roses when you can dance around to “Sex On Fire”? Not this chick.)
Don’t worry, though, I’ve come up with 10 healthy and active Valentine’s Day ideas perfect for all you couples, almost-couples, and we’re-just-friends-right-now-leave-us-alone folks.
10 Healthy and Active Valentine’s Day Ideas
Ah, the great outdoors. Fresh air, birds tweeting, the occasional deer crossing path…why wouldn’t you want to experience this with your loved one?
(HINT: Unless you’re both really experienced at hiking and one of you has a compass and/or knows the area well, I recommend finding a well-beaten trail specifically for hiking!)
2. Rocking Climbing/Repelling.
Rock climbing and repelling are some of the most strenuous and exhilarating outdoor activities (or so I’ve been told; thus far, I’ve only photographed them!) If it’s too cold in your area right now — or there’s just no safe place to do either — look around for some indoor facilities. You might even find a few other physical activities to get into!
3. Bike Riding
Whether you’re seriously pumping your pedals up a mountain trail or casually coasting along at the park, bike riding can give you a good workout and a chance to spend time with your honey.
All these outdoor activities could actually lead to an overnight or weekend camping trip. What’s more romantic than building a fire and snuggling up with your loved one under the stars?
5. Cooking Class.
Today’s age of convenience has us on a first-name basis with various drive-thru crews. (Plus, waaaaaay too many of us are using food as anti-anxiety medicine). Look around for some cooking classes so you and your date can learn how to throw a healthy meal or two together without resorting to ordering pizza or eating out every other date night.
6. Yoga/Meditation Class.
My local yoga studio is offering several couple-oriented classes during Valentine’s Day weekend. They’re focusing on love, connection, libidos — all that mushy stuff. Check around to see if any in your area are, too.
7. Gym Membership
This one’s tricky, and probably ONLY for those couples who’ve been together for a while and KNOW each other is into it. Actually, even if you think you know, maybe you should test the waters, first, or just outright ask.
“Hey, hon, remember when you said you wanted to try water aerobics? Well, they offer classes down at the Y…”
8. Wine Tasting Class
There’s red, and there’s white, and one goes well with…um, yeah, and the other tastes great with…
As stocked as your wine cabinet might be, how much do you really know about wine? Consider taking a wine tasting class with your date and learn what’s up.
NOTE: A glass of red wine here and there, thanks to the resveratrol, can pack some serious heart healthy benefits — like, to the tune of “increasing levels of “good” cholesterol and protecting against artery damage.” However, the Mayo Clinic reminds us not to get too carried away: everything in moderation.
9. Dark Chocolate and Wine by the Fire.
Now that we know the health benefits of wine (and we’ve already gone over the health benefits of dark chocolate) — and we know they’re both delicious and fires are cozy… I mean, this one’s kind of a no-brainer, right?
I mean, you know, if your relationship’s there yet. Among a variety of health benefits, sex can boost your immune system, relieve stress, and, kind of surprisingly, lower your blood pressure. Get down!