CINCINNATI - Valentine’s Day means spending time with the one person who still gives you butterflies. But let’s face it, chocolates and candy and dinner can wreck your fitness goals faster than donuts in the conference room!
So, why not do something different with your significant other that makes you both feel great and doesn't pack on the pounds?
Check out these (SFW – safe for work!) fitness activities perfect for couples:
- Walk/run it out! If you and your partner are into running, find a nice outdoor route or hit the gym together and hop on side-by-side treadmills. Not a fan of running? A power walk is a great way to get that cardio in, plus you can spend time catching up with your better half.
- Take it outside. Winter may have you bundled up like a burrito and glued to the couch, but you don’t have to give up your fitness routine just because there’s snow on the ground. Grab your partner and hit the slopes for a day of skiing or snowboarding, or find a nearby trail and go on a snow-covered hike. Even a day of sledding or tubing is going to get your heart racing!
- Date night. Dinner and a movie? Pass. Try taking date night to the gym. Spot each other while lifting, introduce each other to a new workout machine or teach each other some new toning exercises. Working out is more fun with a buddy, so why not let that buddy be your significant other?
- Class time. Taking a fitness class together is a great way to bond over a new experience and try something adventurous. Think spinning, kickboxing, yoga, or a boot camp class. Who knows, you may find a new favorite!
- It takes two.Try out workouts that require two people. This medicine ball rotation requires a partner, as do these bodyweight squats . You can also try partner stretching and push your flexibility to the max!
- A healthy dose. If you and your partner still want to adhere to the age-old tradition of dinner on Valentine's Day, try a healthy homemade meal instead of eating out. Cooking can be a great bonding activity for couples, and you'll each get to show off some skills in the kitchen!
They say the couple that plays together, stays together, so get up and get moving.
Got a partner activity you’d like to add to this list? Share it with me on Twitter, @jennyfromthebak .