20 Active Date Ideas: SparkPeople SlideShow
20 Active Date Ideas
By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer
Why not spend your date night giving back to your community? Whether it's working in a local soup kitchen, helping a senior who needs extra help cleaning his yard, or building a house for Habitat for Humanity, you can turn your date into an active time that does some good.
It doesn't matter if you turn up the tunes at home or hit a local dance club to get your groove on. Dancing is a great way to let loose and have fun with your date!
Play a Sport
Hone in on your competitive side and challenge your date to a round of golf (even the miniature kind counts), or hit the volleyball or basketball court. Any sport will do and is sure to be a good time.
Learn How to Rock Climb
Some of the best dates are ones where you learn something new together. Call up a rock-climbing facility in your town and set up a time for you to come in with your date and learn the ropes--quite literally!
If you skip the beer and fried foods, the bowling alley can be a healthy place to have a date! Rent some shoes, grab a ball and challenge your honey to a fun game.
Be a tourist in your own city! Take your date to the zoo or to an amusement park. While you're riding rides or seeing the wild animals, you'll be having too much fun to notice how much walking you're doing!
Have An Active Game Night
Board games like Scrabble and Monopoly are fun, but sedentary. Swap out inactive games for more active ones like those on the Nintendo Wii or Twister. You'll be having so much fun that you'll forget that you're being active, too!
Visit an Orchard
Picking apples, pears or pumpkins is a fun way to get outside and get active with your date. If you don't have an orchard near you or no fruit is in season, take your date to the farmers market for a similar type of experience. Besides being active, the best part of this date is that you get healthy and delicious produce as a souvenir!
Play Laser Tag
Whether you play on opposing teams or partner up on the same side, laser tag is an activity that gets the heart pumping. Run, jump and dodge your way to competitive fun!
Cook a Healthy Meal
Instead of ordering food out or sitting down at a restaurant, make a meal at home. Choose a healthy recipe to make together and go pick up ingredients from the grocery store. Spend the evening chatting while you mince and dice your way to a healthy meal!
Run or Walk a 5K
What better way to spend time with your special someone than on the race course? Whether you're runners or walkers (or do a little of both!), sign up for a local 5K and spend the 3.1 miles being active together.
Take a Workout Class
Why not move your date to a health club and take a group exercise class? Try yoga, cycling, or even boot camp and get your workout and your date all in one!
If you and your date are nature lovers, set out to plant a tree or two on your date. Whether it's at a park, at your house or somewhere else, it's a unique date idea!
Walk the Dog
Go for a long walk with your date--and your dog! If you both love dogs, walking with a pooch can be a great conversation starter. If you don't own a dog, visit an animal shelter in your area. Most shelters are always looking for people to play with the pets who aren't adopted yet!
Strap on skates for a fun, active date! Be it at the roller rink or at the ice skating rink, you're sure to have a rolling good time.
Go Window Shopping
Going on dates doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, a really fun and highly affordable date is to go window shopping, which also allows you to learn a lot about your date's tastes and preferences. If you have time, you can even go into a toy store and play around with all the cool toys!
This is another date for the outdoor folks! Grab your fishing poles and bait and visit a local lake for a quiet date of fishing. Instead of just sitting there waiting for a fish to bite your bobber, try fly fishing, which gets you on your feet and involves casting your line into the water repeatedly.
Play Bar Games
Be it darts, billiards or shuffle board, go to a local sports bar for your next date. These games are fun without being too intimidating or competitive. Just be sure to avoid the high-calorie drinks and eats!
Take a Hike
Go hiking in the beautiful outdoors for your next date. It's a peaceful, active way to spend an afternoon, no matter if you're hiking up a mountain or just through paved trails at a park in your city.
Ride a Bike
Is there anything cuter than a tandem bike ride? Rent a special two-person bike for your next date and burn calories while you pedal around town! Not into two-person biking? riding your own bikes can be a fun, active way to get out, see the town and have a good time.