Valentine’s Day is approaching quickly, but who says it has to include huge, artery-clogging dinners and blood-sugar-spiking desserts? The way I see it, the day is about spending quality time with your significant other. Here are 10 ways to strengthen your love and your heart this Valentine’s Day:
1. Take a new-to-both-of-you class together at the gym. Last year Andrew and I tried a yoga class on V-Day (well, technically the day before V-Day). We had a great time laughing at ourselves because we were both horrible, and it was the start of healthy routine that we both really enjoy now.
2. Take a walk together at a local park. V-Day is on a Friday this year, so this is probably a Saturday activity unless you both happen to have the day off work. Hand-holding is optional, but recommended.
3. Visit an indoor trampoline park. These places are popping up all over the country, so chances are there is one near you (we have two in Richmond now.) Jumping on trampolines is an insanely good workout and so much fun. For any guys reading this, make sure you know your girl before surprising her with this; while I would enjoy it, I realize that some girls need something slightly more romantic.
4. Build a snowman in your neighbors’ driveway after dark. This is a personal favorite of ours any time it snows, and there’s a good chance we will have snow on the ground Friday! Building a snowman requires some physical exertion, plus, doing it sneakily is inherently fun and gives you a bonding experience.
5. Run a Valentine’s 5-k together. Festive. Good for your heart. Good for your relationship. Bonus points if you run in coordinating costumes. (I don’t foresee Andrew ever wanting to do either the running or the costume part of this.)
6. Cook dinner together. Chances are you’ll cook something far healthier than what you’d order at a restaurant, plus it gives you the shared experience and probably costs less than going out. Cooking dinner together has my vote every single Valentine’s Day (Andrew, you’re welcome.)
7. Go ice skating. It’s a classic winter activity with lots of potential for romance–hand-holding, leaning on each other for balance, helping each other up when you fall, etc.
8. Go to your husband’s basketball game and sit in the bleachers with the other wives. Wait, don’t plan on that. That’s what we did last Valentine’s Day. If you have an activity like this scheduled for Friday, maybe plan something special for Saturday instead. 😉
8. Take a cooking class together. Preferably one that utilizes a lot of whole, fresh ingredients and not a deep-fryer.
9. Go skiing or snowboarding. Bonus romance points if this is out of town and you book a cabin for the weekend.
10. Go dancing. Even if it’s just the two of you in your living room.
Andrew and I are planning to cook dinner together, and we will probably play in the snow at some point if there is any on the ground. 😀
Have a great Wednesday!
–Do you have any heart-healthy activities planned for Valentine’s Day?
-Anything you’d add to the list above?