Have an Active Valentine's Day Date

by Tom Phillips

February 13, 2014 / Category: Fun Side of Fitness

ActiveDateVenue.jpgValentine’s Day is around the corner, and another day of chocolates, flowers and balloons is boring! I’m here to help you find active activities that guarantee fun, romance and a calorie burn in the process.

Ice Skating – Do you equate ice skating with slow speeds and a never-ending circle? Think again! Ice skating can be fun, romantic (hand-holding for “balance” is a no-brainer) and an athletic feat. Don’t believe us? According to thatsfit.com, ice skating burns 250 calories every half hour!

Dance Lessons – Be it a half hour of tango (107 calories), salsa (160 calories), or fast-paced ballroom dancing (160 calories), taking impromptu dance lessons with your date will be educational, romantic and provide quality exercise for all involved.

Nintendo Wii – Think video games are sedentary? Not so fast! If your date is down for a quiet night in, make the experience an active one by playing one of the Wii’s variety of high-intensity athletic contests, and burn 150-300 calories in an hour.

Snowball Fight – Whether it’s an impromptu attempt at “aerial flirtation” or part of a larger group free-for-all, snowball fights are entertaining and bonding experiences. And since they burn 160 calories in 30 minutes, you’ll work up a sweat and get those endorphins going, too. Note: just don’t pelt your date with that perfectly-formed, gravel-garnished slushball too hard.

Bowling – An anaerobic sport that also builds strength, bowling allows for fun competition between couples, self-deprecating humor (we’ve all thrown gutterballs before) and the chance to show grace under pressure. Finally, one hour of bowling will help you burn 150-200 calories.

Rock Climbing – Do either of you belong to a gym with a rock-climbing wall? This is a tremendous workout that can be competitive, teamwork-oriented and tension-dissolving – you’ll be concentrating on the enormous wall and giant drop, not the need to spout witty one-liners. Look to burn up to 600 calories per hour.

Hiking – Is there an expanse of forest, hills, lakes or mountains nearby? Utilize your surroundings, pack up two thermoses of hot chocolate, and head out for a rendezvous with Mother Nature. Depending on terrain and backpack weight, you can burn 200-500 calories per hour. And if you’re really looking to amp it up, try a Ruck march!

This Valentine’s Day, transcend the archaic notion of a sedentary romance and let your active lifestyle light the spark – you’ll have fun and be in better shape because of it. Good luck!

Tom Phillips