4 Physically Active Date Ideas for Couples Who Sweat Together
Couples who sweat together, stay together. Or, at least that’s what Psychology Today discovered, when they published a report synthesizing a number of different research studies on the topic. There’s something romantic about working out with your significant other, getting the blood pumping and sharing in the grit and satisfaction of physical strain. It can increase happiness, strengthen the emotional bond in the relationship and keep both parties accountable to their fitness goals.
The only problem is that the gym can be an awfully unromantic place to spend time with your SO. It is brashly lit, often poorly decorated and it smells like other people’s sweat – not exactly a fairy tale setting.
To help you keep up the romance while keeping the blood pumping, here are four date ideas.
Enjoy Long Runs on the Beach
You’ve heard the old cliché, “enjoys long walks on the beach”. Well, why not dial that concept up a little by running instead of walking. Pick a nice, warm evening and map a route for you and your significant other, either along a lake, river or ocean (depending on where you live).
If you want to go the extra step toward romance, scope out your route beforehand and hide a picnic basket – complete with snacks and wine – at the end of the route, that way you can surprise your date. There’s nothing like a relaxing picnic after a long run, especially if you time it just right and catch a beautiful sunset.
Bury the Hatchet at Axe Throwing
Exercise isn’t just about physical fitness; it’s also about stress relief, skills training and having fun. Axe throwing, the hot new sport where people throw axes at wooden targets, combines all those elements.
Whether there are tensions between you and your partner or not, you can easily have a fun date night with axe throwing – all you need to do is book a private lane. You’ll get a free tutorial on how to axe throw, and then you and your date can square off in battle to see whose aim is better.
The act of axe throwing works a number of muscle groups, but you’ll be so entranced in the game, you won’t notice the beads of sweat forming. There’s a reason axe throwing is one of the leading birthday party ideas for adults in this country – it’s like a party every time you visit!
Forage Your Dinner
Rather than lazily roll through the aisles at your local grocery store, why not take the opportunity to prepare a meal with your partner that involves foraging ingredients. Forage trips, which involve heading out in nature to pluck various edible ingredients, are a great way to get some incline hiking in. When it’s all done, you’ll be rewarded with an ultra-fresh, super delicious meal, courtesy of Mother Nature.
Add Some Salsa to Your Meal
Quite a few Latin America restaurants – Cuban establishments, especially – will double as salsa dancing spots. Salsa, one of the more active dance styles, is an exciting way to break a sweat and forge a closer bond with your significant other. If you can’t find a bar or restaurant in your city that offers salsa, look for classes through a local rec centre or dance studio.
Discover the bonding power of working out with your significant other. Try these active, sweaty and incredibly fun date ideas!