Healthy Date Night Ideas:
Instead of staying in for Netflix and chill, your health (and partner) will thank you for getting out and being active with these healthy date ideas. Burn some calories and experience a great time with any one of these fun outdoor activities:
Hop on your bikes – or rent from your nearest shop – and cruise to your favorite restaurant for a healthy dinner al fresco. An hour of biking burns about 380 calories, so riding home is a great way to burn off a few of those dinner calories! Or, be tourists in your city; two wheels is a great way to explore and discover places you wouldn’t by car.
2. Stand-up Paddleboard
Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a perfect way to get out on the water on a warm summer day. Not only is it a blast, it’s also a fantastic workout; an hour burns about 250 calories. To really challenge your balance – or each other – try a little yoga on your board or see who can paddle across the lake the fastest!
3. Lawn Games
Liven up an evening date with some lawn games! Bocce ball, bags, volleyball, badminton, or Polish (ladder) golf are all fun options sure to bring lots of laughs while burning a few calories!
4. Mini Golf
Who doesn’t love a fun round of mini golf?! Get the (friendly) competitive juices flowing and challenge your partner to a round and burn about 100 calories an hour. Loser buys dinner!
5. Farmer’s Market
Switch it up with a morning date to your local farmers market. Grab a coffee or tea when you get there, and stroll hand-in-hand through the aisles of fresh produce and goods. While you’re there, you’ll learn more about your partner’s likes and dislikes. Get adventurous with your food and pick up some tasty goodness to make a healthy lunch together.
6. Outdoor Yoga
Yoga under the sun brings savasana to another relaxing level. Many parks offer outdoor yoga classes throughout the spring and summer or simply enjoy your own yard. (In fact, yoga is a great way to multiply the benefits of your daily workout regimen helping stretch joints, and reduce stress and anxiety). A yoga date is a great way to relax and unwind – 30 minutes of vinyasa yoga burns up to 130 calories.
Work together as a team kayaking out on the water. Pack a healthy lunch – make sure it’s in a waterproof container! – and stop ashore for a picnic. You’ll likely burn it off, as an hour of paddling burns close to 300 calories!
At Thrive Fitness, we believe in the importance of keeping active both in and out of the gym. Contact us today to kick start your diet, ramp up your training or introduce you to an exciting new way to workout and train. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s your favorite healthy date night?
Life Fitness Hacks:
Little things can make big differences on your fitness journey.
Here are some little adjustments that can make an improvement to your health even when you’re not at the gym!
Incline instead of Flat Treadmill
In a perfect, outdoor world, flat roads rarely exist. (Sorry, midwestern readers!) Add some hills to that treadmill run by cranking up the incline, and feel the muscle-building burn!
Bike to work instead of driving.
Obviously, this won’t work for everyone, but if your office is only a few miles away, bike to work to boost endorphins before the workday starts! (Paying for gas is no fun anyway.)
Warming up instead of Rushing Right to It
We know that barbell looks tempting. But before hitting the weight rack, do an active warm-up to loosen up limbs and get the most out of the workout. Working smarter- not harder!
Standing instead of Sitting at a Desk
How often does someone complain about having to sit in a cubicle all day? We have a simple solution (no college degree required) … stand. There are more health benefits, and it’s free.
Exercise Ball instead of an Office Chair
Okay, we get it. Some people really don’t want to stand at their cubicle. So, stay seated, but on a Swiss ball! It can help with balance and building a stronger core.
Hit the Gym instead of Napping
Tired in front of the TV? Hit the gym. It provides a big boost of energy and burns calories. Get into this healthier mentality now and you’ll find that it will be so much easier in future.
Use the Stairs instead of the Escalator / Elevator
We’ve heard the tip a million times, so here it is for the millionth plus one. If the option’s available, go the old-fashioned route and climb the stairs to burn some extra calories. It’s a great cardio, glutes, quads and hamstring workout!
Plan Active Dates instead of Dinner and a Movie
Save a night at that French restaurant for retirement and go on a fun, active winter date with a special someone. Sledding or hiking can be just as intimate as duck confit, and it sneaks in a hill-climbing workout, too. There is a long list of activities that you and a partner can experience together.
Parking Farther Away instead of Getting A Spot Up Close
There’s no need to circle the parking lot five times looking for the perfect spot. Just park further away and walk the extra 100 feet to the store. All those little trips add up and will help your fitness all that more.
Hands-Free Running instead of Holding Handles
Hands off! On the treadmill, don’t rely on the handlebars. They take some of the stress off the body and make that workout less challenging. You’ll be burning more calories with this simple swap.
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