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Active date ideas to get the heart pumping

May. 30, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Thinking of skipping your workout for a hot date tonight? Think again. Step outside of your sedentary dinner-and-a-movie comfort zone and go for an active date instead. Not only is it great for your health, it can be great for your relationships, too. The next time you're making plans with your significant other, try one of these active date ideas from Life Fitness:

TRY SOMETHING NEW. Choose an activity that is both new and physically challenging to you and your partner; the fun is often in the unknown. For example, try indoor rock climbing, ice-skating, kayaking or snowboarding. You might just discover a new workout you both enjoy.

PLAY A GAME BUILT FOR TWO. If you pick an activity designed for pairs, you'll be up and moving all evening long. Schedule a game of tennis, badminton, squash or even table tennis (it is an Olympic sport). Even a game of pool or darts will get you moving more than posting up at the bar.

TRAIN TOGETHER. Sign up for a race together and schedule training walks/runs as you would a date night. Working towards a common goal is a great way to develop a relationship. You can cheer each other on, keep each other motivated and plan for race day together.

PUT ON YOUR DANCING SHOES. Dance the night away at a club or concert for a great cardio workout. Better yet, take a ballroom dance or swing class to really step up the heat.

SKIP THE PAY PER VIEW. Staying in for a romantic evening at home doesn't have to equal laziness. Go out for an evening walk or take the dog to the local park. Get off the couch and try an active video game like Wii, Xbox Kinect or Dance Dance Revolution.

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