Dinner and drinks may be the typical go-to date, but when you’re on a journey to better health, you might have to re-think your Friday night plans. Why not try something active instead? Not only can activities scorch calories, they’ll likely create a more lasting memory than a restaurant meal. Whether you’ve been married for 20 years or are headed on your first date, here are 10 active date ideas to get you started.
Participate in a 5K
Whether you’re walking or running, 5Ks are a great way to have fun, get your heart rate up, and work toward a goal with your partner. Today, there are so many options - from themed 5Ks to philanthropic races, there’s something for everyone and multiple events a month. Choose a 5K that benefits a cause you both support and commit to walking, jogging, or running it together. Thinking longer term? Turn this into a series of training “dates” that lead up to the main event. Bonus: walking gives you ample time to chat with each other.
Hit the Golf Course
You don’t need to suffer through 18 holes of golf to reap the benefits of this game. Whether you battle it out at the miniature golf course or hit balls at the driving range, you’ll get a little core and back workout with this fun and healthy date night activity.
Join a Team
Up for some friendly competition? Check out your local sports league. A couples’ tennis league, a kickball or a softball team can give you and your partner an excuse to spend quality, active time together each week. Cheering each other on will boost your morale and encourage you to step up your game! Plus, it’s a great way to meet new people.
Explore your city on two wheels. Cruise down the boardwalk, around the lake, or even just down to the park for some relaxation time. Feel like mixing it up? Many larger cities offer a twist on the classic drive-in movie, making it a bike-in movie instead. Ride your bikes to and from the film; don’t forget to bring a healthy picnic (and your helmets). Another option is to check out your local community events calendar and go on a bike ride to a free summer concert or other park festival.
Try a Water Sport
If you have access to a lake, river, or ocean, why not try a non-motorized water sport? Kayaking, paddle boating, stand-up paddle boarding and swimming are calorie-burning activities that are fun when done with a partner! Rowing across a scenic lake in a canoe is both romantic and adventurous.
Go for a Hike
Whether you live on a coast, near a mountain or even on the plains, there are more than 1,200 recreational trails in the United States, so pick one and get out for fresh air, scenic views, and quality time with your date.
Do a City Scavenger Hunt
Local scavenger hunt events are popping up all over the place. Teams of two compete against each other to race around a city looking for the next clue or challenge. Perfect for a first date to break the ice and get to know each other better.
Scout Out New Neighborhoods
This is a practical and fun date for any couple on the hunt for a new home or place to live. Pick a different neighborhood each weekend to explore on foot or by bike. Not only will you spot any houses for sale or rent, you’ll get a good idea of whether or not you see yourselves living there! Dreaming about the future together can be romantic and exciting.
Enjoy an Outdoor Concert
Upbeat, outdoor concerts make for great date nights. Grab your dancing shoes and pick a band or type of music that will make you want to show off your moves. There’s nothing better than listening to live music under the stars!
Go Ice Skating
One of our favorite active date ideas isn’t just for the winter time! Take your partner and skate around at an indoor ice rink. Show off your skills or try your best not to fall! Holding hands as you make your way around the rink is a moment you won’t soon forget. Afterward, you can grab a cup of tea to warm up.
Active Date Ideas That Are Indoors
Looking for other date ideas that aren’t outside? If indoor activities are more your thing, or the weather isn’t cooperating, indoor rock climbing is a fun and healthy date idea that will get you moving. Also, laser tag, taking a cooking class, a dance class, or bowling are great indoor activities that are available in most cities!
The options are endless for active and healthy date night ideas. While going to dinner and a movie is enjoyable once-in-a-while, it is important to switch it up and get moving. Not only are these dates fun, but they can help you stay on track with your weight loss journey.
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