The way I see it, working out with one’s significant other accomplishes two tasks at once: 1. strengthening the relationship and 2. staying physically fit. You get all the benefits of exercise–lower risk of heart disease, better mood, lower stress, better sleep, etc.–plus the added benefit of spending quality time with the person you love and knowing they are reaping those benefits too. While we certainly do not work out together every day (Andrew does not share my passion for running,) we try to squeeze a few “active dates” into our weekly routine.
Yesterday afternoon we pulled the bikes out of the garage for the first ride of 2013 (with the exception of riding my bike to the start of the 10k last weekend, but that was for transportation purposes.) There is a great park a few miles from our house, so we biked there, cutting through neighborhoods to avoid the main roads. This particular park has a paved path as well as some dirt and root filled trails on which to ride–it’s a pick-your-own adventure park. 🙂 We opted mostly for the trails.
In some places the trail was so narrow and had so many roots that it was less of a ride and more of a “keep your hands on the brakes and your butt off the seat” controlled downhill. 🙂 To add to the adventure, it’s inchworm week! Okay, I don’t think “inchworm week” is a thing, but right now there are tons of those little green guys hanging from trees. As we rode through the park we’d have to lean one way or the other to avoid running into them, and we stopped periodically to pick them off ourselves. Hah! (And just in case you were wondering, our wedding occurred during inchworm week last year. As my grandmother often reminds me, “It was a lovely day… even with all those green worms everywhere.” Thanks, Grandma 😉 )
In just a couple of hours of biking yesterday, we accomplished great things for our hearts, marriage, and general well-being, which may not have occurred if we’d chosen to sit on the couch watching TV all afternoon.
Here are some other ideas for active dates that can easily be incorporated into your week (especially now that it’s warm outside!):
-Taking a walk after dinner
-Hiking on a Saturday
-Throwing a frisbee in the yard
-Taking a yoga class
-Swimming in the river/lake/ocean (whatever is nearby)
So many great possibilities! Whatever you like to do, just get out there and move with your sweet thang 🙂
Do you have any active dates planned for this week?