Valentine's Day is usually a card-and-candy holiday—throw in a candlelit dinner out on the town and you're bound to overindulge in calories. While a romantic night is a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day, there are other ways to be romantic with your significant other. And, if you're solo, don't pout on the couch alone with a spoon and a container of ice cream. Grab a buddy and check out new activities together.
Whether you're a single Sally, single Steve, or sharing the day with someone special, try these activities and find out how many calories you can burn.
Note: Calories burned are based off of a 150-pound person.
Sign Up for a Valentine's Day RaceCalories Burned: 288 calories per 30 minutes of running 1 of 10
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. Usually themed runs are fun, laid back, and offer tons of entertainment and food. Why not make this Valentine's Day healthy and fun? Calories burned: 30 minutes of running burns about 288 calories, based on a 150-pound person.
Take a Fitness ClassCalories Burned: 477 calories per 60 minutes of intense aerobic exercise 2 of 10
Break a sweat together as you lift weights and boost cardio. You and your partner can motivate each other to work out. This is a great way to push yourself to new heights. If you're single, sign up a singles fitness class. Meet your mate while doing something you like to do.
Go Rock ClimbingCalories Burned: 747 calories per 60 minutes of rock climbing 3 of 10
Indoors or outdoors, rock climbing builds trust and confidence between you and your partner. Plus, rock climbing is a great way to build muscle. Challenge yourself; try something new and adventurous.
Enjoy a MassageCalories Burned: 63 calories per hour 4 of 10
After a day of activities, why not relax and pamper yourself with a nice massage? Not only is a massage a nice treat, but it's also therapeutic and allows your body to release toxins and function better. Studies show that during a massage, large amounts of endorphins are released into the bloodstream. Pain and stress is reduced, while pleasant memories, sexual activity, and happy emotions are increased.
Take a Camping TripCalories Burned: 405 calories per 60 minutes of hiking 5 of 10
Get out of town and head for the woods. There's nothing more romantic than sleeping under the stars with your partner. Or, grab your friends for a fun and adventurous trip. Explore all the hiking trails during the day, and at night cook, some delicious campfire foods while star gazing.
Try a Cooking ClassCalories Burned: 180 calories per 60 minutes of cooking 6 of 10
Spice up your kitchen skills and impress others with new recipes that you learn from a cooking class. It's a great way to interact with your partner, or meet new people who are interested in cooking. You can learn new cooking techniques, tasty recipes, how to pair wines, and more.
Dance, Dance, DanceCalories Burned: 342 calories per 60 minutes of moderate dance 7 of 10
Whether you want to improve your wiggle dance or learn how to tango, dancing will get your heart rate up. Not only can you improve your coordination skills, but there's also something sensational about dancing with your partner. You don't have to be a pro to learn how to dance, be open-minded, have fun and watch your significant other move. Or, grab your friends for a fun evening of music and dancing.
Lace-Up Some SkatesCalories Burned: 342 calories per 60 minutes 8 of 10
Hold hands as you skate around a roller rink or ice rink and pretend you're a kid again. Spin and jump as you show off your amazing skating skills. Even if you're not an Olympic skater, trying a few tricks is always fun. You might end up with a few bumps or bruises, but just think about how much laughter will occur because you just let go and have fun.
Try Something New9 of 10
Go ahead, be adventurous and try something new this Valentine's Day. Just think: if you do an activity or two throughout the day, you won't feel too guilty when you have a piece of chocolate later.
Regardless of your relationship status, enjoy the day with someone you care about and create fun memories with your loved ones.