7 Active Date Ideas (and love songs to go with them!)
- By Caila Ball
Wining and dining is ever so romantic, but it’s also an obstacle when it comes to staying in shape. Mix it up with an active date from time to time, and let that romantic spark ignite calorie burning this winter! Take a look at our top picks:
As exercise goes, Partner Yoga certainly ranks high on the sensuality scale. Moving with your partner through poses designed for two, Partner Yoga can strengthen not just your core, but trust and communication in your relationship. Focus on your breath - and one another - at a Partner Yoga workshop near you.
Your Cheesy Date Ballad: “By Your Side” by Sade
Lace up your skates and go hand in (mittened) hand around the ice rink with your date. Ice skating provides a good dose of cardio, along with focus on strengthening inner thighs. Thanks to its exercise benefits, the vintage date idea just about justifies the all but mandatory hot chocolate that will accompany your date.
Your Cheesy Date Ballad: Melissa Manchester’s “Through The Eyes of Love” from Ice Castles
While this snowy weather is not ideal for a bicycle built for two, indoor cycling - otherwise known as spinning - is a side-by-side cardio blast that fit couples can do year round. Make sure to bring a date who can handle seeing you sweat, and race to the finish with your sweetheart while burning an average of 400-600 calories per class.
Your Cheesy Date Ballad: Dan W. Quinn’s “Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)”
Indoor Rock Climbing
Looking for an adventurous date? Try your hand - and feet - at indoor rock climbing! Pair up with your date and take turns belaying and climbing to the top. In addition to a truly unique date, you will both tone upper body muscles, work your core and legs, build cardio strength and improve flexibility.
Your Cheesy Date Ballad: Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
Cha cha, ballroom, salsa or hip hop your way closer together with an aerobic dance class. Improve your rhythm, burn calories and get the two of you ready to be the most impressive couple on the dance floor the next time you’re at a wedding.
Your Cheesy Date Ballad: Whitney Houston’s “I Want to Dance with Somebody”
Don’t let a little snow get in the way of an outdoor hike! Warm up in the cold with a cardio hike, and take in in the picturesque winter views with your sweetheart. If the trail is snowed out, just strap on a pair of snowshoes to increase the resistance - and leg toning power - of this winter warmer.
Your Cheesy Date Ballad: The Proclaimers “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”
If competition is what gets your passion to its peak, challenge your date to a CrossFit workout. Keep one another honest on squats, lunges and box jumps, and cheer one another on throughout the WOD. Just remember to set your own goals, and not to take on more weight than you can handle just to “win” this total body workout.
Your Cheesy Date Ballad: Nazareth’s “Love Hurts”