Are you stuck in a rut with your significant other? Sometimes we get so comfortable with each other, we forget to get active! Between work, friends, family, kids and your own personal hobbies, finding time to have date nights become more of a challenge.
It’s easier than you think to incorporate activity into your date night. It doesn’t have to mean going to the gym and running on the treadmill next to each other – health and fitness can be fun and can help bring you closer together!
Here are some ideas on how to stay active as a couple:
Take a walk to see the sunset: The simplest and most popular form of exercise is walking. For some, just an hour of walking can increase life expectancy by two hours, improve your blood pressure, increase your energy, reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and much more! Take an evening walk together and watch the sunset. It will give you both time to talk to each other and take a moment to relax after a hectic work day.
Take advantage of healthy competition: Whether you want to challenge your partner one on one in a basketball game, take each other on at the tennis court, or even try the batting cages to see who can hit the most homeruns, challenging each other to some friendly competition is a great way to bond as couple.
Try something new: There are many options when it comes to fitness classes that will suit both of your interests. If you want to get your hearts pumping, go to your local cycling or boxing studio and ask for a free trial pass to get started. If you prefer something a little more low key, pilates, yoga or even a meditation class may be just what you need.
Take a cooking class: Are you eating out all the time? Restaurant meals can often be packed with unnecessary sodium and eating out can cause you to eat more than necessary! Try taking a cooking class and bringing those skills home to make healthy meals for each other!
The possibilities are endless when it comes to fitness! Get creative and find ways to continue staying active while having fun with your partner. To learn more about how you can be healthy for good, visit heart.org/healthyforgood.