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5 Healthy Ideas for Date Night

Happy February!


Hallmark tradition states that everyone finds themselves a loved one by February 14th, and then go out to dinner, wine and dine each other, buy lots of chocolates, and gorge themselves on food and… well, you know (wink).


Clearly, this valentine’s day will be different for many couples due to the pandemic still out in full force. So why not use this as an opportunity to mix up your date night routine, whether it be valentine’s day or any date night you choose.



Here are some healthy(er) ideas for you and your beau to do…


Go for a walk or a hike.

Okay, I must admit, I am a sucker for nature. I love walking in the woods. My partner, Jim, however… not a big fan. He is the kind of person who always needs to be doing 3 or more things at once. He’s been playing video games since he was in diapers, so his brain is addicted to being in overdrive. Because of this, sometimes it’s hard for us to enjoy a walk together.


The solution - play a game!


We are very fond of 20 questions while we walk, although it sometimes ends in a heated debate over whether or not someone answered a question correctly. Another great walking game is “Ghost” - a spelling game that is really easy to learn and only needs two players and no equipment! Perfect for a walk! You could also play “would you rather” or, if you’re still getting to know each other, “never have I ever” could be fun, too.


You could always do something cheesy like telling each other the story of the day you first knew they were “the one,” or reminiscing on the night you met or got engaged or married… but that’s gonna get old after like 10 minutes. I recommend having a game as a back up.


Sports dates

If you’re sick and tired of walking, why not try playing a sport together? There are plenty of sports you can play with just two people:

  • Tennis

  • Golf (or mini golf)

  • Badminton

  • Squash

  • Racquetball

  • Fencing

  • Pingpong

  • Skiing (downhill or cross country)

  • Snowboarding


The list goes on and on!


Honestly, one of the best memories I have with my partner is when we played ping-pong in the basement of our dorm room at college. It was when we had just started dating - before I realized he’s good at literally every sport and I am… well, not. Sure, I might be looking back on this memory with rose-colored glasses, but I remember it being a fun time and a great workout!



Many of these options you can do safely and socially distant, but if you’re not ready to leave the house just yet, you can buy a retractable ping pong table set on amazon for just $20! (No affiliate link, I just think it could be fun!)


Video game workouts

Did I mention my partner is a gamer?


Okay, so this one isn’t for everyone, but if either you or your partner is a gamer, this can be really fun!


We have a Virtual Reality (VR) headset, and we love playing Beat Saber. We take turns doing 3-4 songs (6-10 minutes). While you’re waiting, you get to watch your partner make an absolute fool of themselves! Or, you could use the time wisely by doing push ups or something…


If you don’t have a VR, I’ve heard great things about the Ring Fit game on the Switch. Almost every console has a workout game or add on. And of course there's always the classics like Dance Dance Revolution (DDR). Here's a list of a few fitness video games you can look into.

Jim and I also have a Stealth Core Trainer, which comes with an app that lets you play a videogame on your phone while planking on the machine. My personal favorite is the PacMan game. It's a great core workout, even if I can only last a few minutes at a time.


Try a new workout together

Always wanted to try yoga? CrossFit? Tai Chi? That thing where you hang upside down from the rafters? (You know what I’m talking about!) Why not make it a date night?


A few years ago, Jim and I started going to the gym together and he taught me about lifting weights. It was difficult and frustrating at times, but I learned a lot from him, and it was great spending time together doing something different. Plus - I got this awesome picture of me deadlifting!


YouTube has plenty of awesome workout ideas, and most gyms or fitness apps have some sort of trial membership. You could try it together, and see what happens.


Worst case scenario - you get a few good laughs, a good workout, and a story to last the ages.


Best case scenario - you find a workout you both love and can continue to do together! You can keep each other encouraged and accountable in the future!


Make a homemade meal together

Okay, I’ll be honest, I don’t think this is something Jim and I have ever done. After almost 10 years together!


I may or may not be… a little bossy in the kitchen. In my defense, we have a very small kitchen.


But I would love to do this with him someday!


Scour the internet for a fancy meal you both find appealing, then make it happen! And do it all together - make the list, go grocery shopping, prep the veggies - all of it! It will make it so much more enjoyable when you sit down to eat it together (at least I think it will… again, no personal experience here).


Those are my 5 Healthy(er) ideas for what to do this Valentine's Day - or any date night! If you can’t agree on a date night, do both! Take turns! Relationships are all about compromises, right?


Whatever you decide to do for date night, don’t forget to capture the moments - just imagine all the hearts you’ll get on social media!


Happy Valentine's Day!

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This blog is about my personal story of health and fitness, and is intended to serve as inspiration for others. I am not a licensed health professional and none of the posts on this blog are intended to serve as professional health advice. 

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