Some couples venture out to restaurants on Valentine’s Day. Others have a night out at the movies, bowling alley, concert venue, or bar. And even still, others plan weekend getaways for genuine, quality time together.
The true purpose behind celebrating a holiday like Valentine’s Day is to make your special someone feel loved and appreciated. But it’s not only about the emotions and psych. The love that inspires us to participate in V-day helps improve our physical bodies, too.
According to webmd.com, love can help to do all of the following:
- Help prevent plaque buildup in arteries
- Boost levels of antibodies in the body
- Reduce stress chemical levels
- Protect against heart disease
- Lower risk of disease
- Decrease risk of early death
- Lengthen life
Exercise can improve our physical bodies, too …
Love isn’t the only thing that can help improve our bodily health, though; being and staying active has the same effect.If you’re regularly active, you, too, can prevent plaque buildup, boost antibody levels, reduce stress chemicals, and lower your risk for disease.
Some active suggestions that will enhance your body’s ability to stay healthy include:
If you want to maximize your healthy lifestyle, you can take your significant other on an active evening out for Valentine’s Day. If you both regularly exercise, these date ideas will be something that the two of you can enjoy.
If you live in a tropical/hot climate area:
Go swimming: laps back and forth. Suggest a race, winner figures out the dinner plan.
Play a round of golf : If you’re both professionals, it’ll get competitive. If you’re both beginners, you’ll have a good time losing and finding your ball in the woods.
If you live in a wintry/cold climate area:
Go skiing : Hit the slopes and drink some hot cocoa. Concentrate on your balance so that the hard hills don’t bruise you.
Go snowboarding : Book a night or weekend in the mountains and snowboard at a safe facility. Don’t hit the big slopes if you’re a newbie.
If you live in a climate sensitive area:
Plan a hike : Go somewhere either of you haven’t been before. Try to make it to the other end of the trail without using the map but keep it in your back pocket just in case.
Go biking : If you own bikes, good for you; if not, rentals aren’t far away. Go biking down a popular path and take in the sights together.
Take horseback riding lessons : Wear appropriate footwear and head gear and try not to fall off. If it’s your first time, take it easy. Remember, you want to move after this portion of the date is over.
If you don’t want to make plans according to the climate:
Go rock climbing : Chalk those hands and climb those walls; catch each other if need be.