Ideas For A Healthier Valentine's Day
Fun Healthy Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day seems to always revolve around eating and drinking champagne; it’s is one of the biggest restaurant nights of the year and lets be honest, when we do it, we tend to go all out. What about changing it up this year and doing something different with your partner? That’s still fun but doesn’t come with eaters remorse or a hangover. I’m not saying don’t go out! We will. If you eat healthily 90% of the time and workout, one meal out isn’t going to kill you but we are also doing a few other fun things that don’t involve eating.
It’s easy to just do the same thing every year but what do you do when you don’t want to eat out or just want a change? These ideas are healthy activities that you can do together:
Go to a show
Whether it’s a concert, play, community theatre, comedy or jazz club there’s normally something going on wherever you live or you can always make it a day out to your closest city. Plus, it’ll give you something to talk about after the show besides your day at work or what you ate. Have fun, let your hair down, get dressed up for each other, enjoy not cooking and a change of scenery.
2. Try a Fitness Class Together
It can be daunting going to a new class for the 1st time so why not pick something you’ve both never done before. Not only do you get to experience something new together but burn a few calories in the process! Or you could share the class one of you loves and the other hasn’t done before to show them why you love it and maybe even create a new habit for you both that you can do together.
3. Go For A Hike
If you’re not lucky enough to live close to a national park or hiking trails, why not wrap up and head to your local park. It doesn’t have to be an epic hike but after spending so much of the Winter hibernating inside it’s nice to plan routes (or be spontaneous), grab some fresh air, hold hands, put life on hold and create memories together. Without other distractions such as TV, your phone, or work, you can actually get to talk!
4. Make a Cultural Visit
Whether it’s a museum, exhibit, or zoo, get your culture fix either locally or you take a road trip. When you share experiences you have new topics of conversation and get to create memories together.
5. Adrenaline Rush
Go ski-ing, to the range, book a track day, or whatever you’ve always wanted to try. Stuck for ideas? Groupon and Travelzoo have some great deals and will give you ideas on whats available in your area.
6. Spa Time
There’s nothing quite as romantic as either going to the spa or calling therapists out to you for a couples massage (or whatever your favorite spa treatment is) and then having a post massage bath or hot tub together to unwind, destress, and set the romantic mood. Or create your own spa at home. Light some candles, play your favorite music, luxuriate in bubbles that awaken your sensual side. What’s both of your favorite scents? Brew a cup of detox tea in the bath instead of champagne for the ultimate lymph and digestive boost so you both wake up feeling light and fabulous. Wholefoods and David’s Tea make some yummy caffeine-free detox teas that taste more like dessert than something you’d rather not be drinking! If you like them sweeter just add liquid stevia for a calorie free sweet bump that won’t spike your sugar levels.
If you want to cook in together try these Date Night recipes
If you do go out and want to moderate what you eat you can always ask for no bread, swap buns for lettuce, ask for dressings and sauces on the side, drink soda water instead of soda as a mixer, and you don’t have to clear your plate! …and it’s also ok to cheat on your nutrition once in a while! We’re human and some cake’s too good to say no too.
Whatever you choose to do, whether you love celebrating Valentine’s Day or think it’s a gimmick, take the time to slow down and appreciate your partner and the life you have together.
What are your favorite non-dining out things to do as a couple? Comment below, we love trying new things.