While a candlelit dinner and chocolate strawberries is a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day, there are other, more active ways to be romantic with your significant other. And, if you're solo, don't pout on the couch alone with a pint of ice cream. Grab a friend and try something different.Whether you're a single Sally, single Steve, or sharing the day with someone special, try these fun activities that burn calories.
10 Cupid-Approved Active Date Ideas
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Spice up your kitchen skills and impress your friends with new recipes. Cooking classes, such as Sur La Table's cooking school, are a great way to interact with your partner, or meet new people who are interested in food. You'll pick up new cooking techniques, add tasty recipes to your repertoire, learn how to pair wines with food, and more.
Photo courtesy of Sur La Table
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February is a good time to check out a college basketball or NBA game. Not into basketball? Head to an NHL game instead. Sporting events are energetic; they create a common tie (if you're cheering for the same team) or a friendly competition (if you're loyal to opposite sides). If you're not into sports, it's a great way for your spouse to teach you something.
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Are you ready for some fun? Feel like a kid again and jump around in an indoor trampoline park. Grab a group of friends or just go as a couple—either way this will make you laugh. Bounce around, throw the "air attack," and dodge balls at an indoor trampoline park near you.
Run in a Race Together
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Whether you're a seasoned runner looking to PR or a recreational runner looking for some fun, attached or unattached, get your heart pumping and celebrate Valentine's Day at a race. Themed runs are especially fun, laid back, and offer tons of entertainment and food. Why not make this Valentine's Day a healthy one?
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Add the element of play to Valentine's day with a good snowball fight. Either plan the ultimate fight with your friends or kick up the chemistry on a date. Snowball fights are a great way to be silly, get flirty, and maybe even cross into the physical contact zone.
Volunteer at the Humane Society
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Roses and chocolate-covered strawberries aren't the only things to show your affection. Dogs are one way to melt your partner's heart. No you don't need to go out and buy a puppy. But you can share your love for animals with your significant other by volunteering at a humane society. Many humane societies need volunteers to walk dogs, play with them, feed them, or clean their bedding. Some places may make you go through some sort of training prior to your volunteer date, but it's a different and pleasant way to give back to the community while being active. Who doesn't want to spend the afternoon playing with cute puppy faces? The pups will be grateful for your affection, and your partner will appreciate seeing you give back. Warning, you may want to take a furry friend home.
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Explore the outdoors on snow-capped trails while snowshoeing. This is a great workout that will test your endurance, strength and stamina.
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Get close and cuddly when you take a few runs on the local sledding hill. Sledding is a great date activity because you don't need to be athletic, plus it's affordable and entertaining. Afterwards you can cuddle and warm up near a fire with a cup of hot coco.
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Lace up your retro shoes and show off your bowling skills. Bowling is a great date night for two or as a group. You don't need to be good to have fun. Many bowling alleys play disco music and use cool lighting effects to liven things up.
Make it competitive: whoever bowls three strikes or has the best score wins a dinner.
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Kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) are fun, easy activities for all ages and skill levels. Not only are they great workouts, they're affordable, too.