Accidentally active date ideas for Valentine’s Day and beyond

By author photo Jessica Humphries

exercise · 11 Feb 19

Did you know that studies show you are more likely to over eat when you’re spending time with someone you love? And when your date loves food just as much as you do, a special occasion like Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to open that bottle of bubbly or splurge on your favourite banquet. So how can you celebrate love when you’re trying to be good? Is it even possible? Rest assured, there are plenty of indulgent adventures waiting for you to enjoy that won’t ruin your healthy efforts, and will help you to connect with your lover in fun ways.

Nourish together in nature

You don’t have to hike up a mountain or even wake up before sunrise. It could simply be a gentle morning wander through a park, or a sunset stroll around the suburbs. If you’re lucky enough to live near the beach, you can even include a dip before the sun sets. This is a great opportunity to have an undisturbed conversation whilst immersing yourself in nature’s abundant elements.

Get physical

If you’ve ever been to a yoga or group fitness class with a friend you’ll know it often involves sneaky sideways stares and fits of giggles – the perfect prelude to a romantic evening. If you’re not quite ready to combine a Valentine’s Day date night with awkward shapes in public places, there are plenty of online spaces offering an array of activities that cater to all fitness levels. A gentle stretch class is the perfect way to start the day or relax into the evening – getting out of your head and into your body.

Create in the kitchen

You have to eat, right? But instead of over indulging on all the usual suspects, why not get creative and challenge yourself to make something delicious AND healthy? You could set yourself a goal to create a meal from local produce or at least one ingredient you’ve never used, enjoying a wander through your local farmer’s markets to prepare for the occasion.

Indulge in a spa date

Ok, so it doesn’t technically fit under the ‘active’ umbrella, but it’s an essential element in any health lover’s life, and oh so romantic for Valentine’s Day. It’s probably even more relaxing than anything involving cheese or chocolate. For ultimate romance schedule a couples’ massage, or book into a day spa and enjoy the health benefits of steam rooms, saunas and other glorious goodness.

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