5 Active Ways to Spend This Valentine’s Day

Feb 11, 2016 by Sarah Goodman | lifestyle, fitness

The central focus of Valentine's Day for many people seems to evolve around fancy dinners and decadent treats whether with friends, family or significant others. I love a great meal and chocolate truffles just as much as the next person, but sometimes I find all the rich food overwhelming and a little boring. Mix up your typical Valentine's Day celebration with these 5 fun and active choices:

1. Explore Nature! Take a Walk or a Bike Ride

Walking and biking are great for physical and mental health. Exercise strengthens your heart and lungs; the release of the natural feel-good chemical serotonin and endorphins- the happy hormones- help to boost your mood. Get even more romantic (and cheesy) and try a tandem bike! Also, if your in need some extra motivation for your walk, seek inspiration from this incredible synchronized walk routine.

2. Go Rock Climbing

Try an indoor climbing: Indoor climbing gym's are popping up everywhere and they make it easy to rent equipment. Don't be intimidated, as they often have different routes for climbers of all skill levels. If you've never done climbing before and want an understanding of the basic techniques, check this out: Indoor Rock Climbing Basics.

3. Learn Some New Moves at a Dance Class

It can be fun (and sometimes hilarious) to try something like swing dance class with your partner. There are also a lot of dance classes specifically for singles, which can be a great place to pick up your Valentine's date.

4. Lace up Some Skates

Improve your balance, leg muscles and coordination with ice-skating! I am always wobbly when I first step on the ice. Thankfully after a few minutes, especially if I have someone to lean on, my confidence returns. If T-Rex can do it, you can too!

5. Book a Massage

Massage might not come instantly to mind as an active endeavour, however, massage is very good for your mind and body. It is stress relieving, increases and improves circulation and boosts the immune system. Just make sure to drink a bit of water beforehand and plenty of water afterwards to stay hydrated and flush out toxins. If you don't want to spend on a spa experience-try trading massages with your partner.

Have a fun and active Valentine's Day this weekend!

Author: Sarah Goodman

Sarah is the CEO of VitalSines International, Inc. Her experience in marketing and public relations as well as her designations as both a registered holistic nutritionist (RHN) and certified personal trainer (CPT) provide her with the knowledge and skills to be an effective leader and communications professional for the Vitalsines team. Sarah spends her time snowboarding in the winter, riding bikes, and surfing in the summer in beautiful British Columbia.