Written by: Olivia Bricen, Vera Health blogger
Love is in the air, and this Valentine’s Day, I’m honing in on healthy date ideas for all the wellness junkies out there. Whether you’re spending quality time with your sweetie or soaking up some self-love this Valentine’s Day, February 14 is the perfect time to give your mind and body a little extra care.
Valentine’s Day Wellness Tips
To make the most out of your V-day, focus on these Valentine’s Day wellness tips to feel your best throughout all your sweet adventures!
1. Feel the love.
Valentine’s Day is all about connection. If you’re planning a fabulous wellness date with your significant other or scheduling the ultimate self-care day, let yourself soak up all the good vibes from your experience. After all, love makes the world go ‘round. So, connect with your loved ones or be your own valentine this Valentine’s Day to give and receive joy. What could be healthier than that?
2. Laugh often.
As they say, laughter is the best medicine. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to laugh my way through Valentine’s Day (and every day). It’s easy to get bogged down by life’s challenges, but try your best to let go and have fun this Valentine’s Day. Plus, science shows that laughing reduces stress, releases endorphins, boosts your immune system, fosters connection, and even improves your heart health.
3. Be heart-healthy.
Speaking of heart health, did you know that February is American Heart Month? Take care of your heart this Valentine’s Day by doing something active (see below), indulging in heart-healthy foods, and ending the day in a deep, restful slumber. Here are some foods that your heart will thank you for:
- Leafy green vegetables
- Whole grains
- Olive oil
- Dark chocolate ❤️
4. Be present.
Last, but not least, be present this Valentine’s Day! Embracing the present moment is the only way to fully experience what is going on around you. So, listen mindfully, savor your meals, stimulate your senses, and enjoy what the day brings your way.
8 Sweet Dates for the Healthy Valentine
Healthy Valentine’s Day dates can be exciting, unique, and full of fun. Switch things up this year by getting your blood pumping, or get some much-deserved R&R. Plus, nothing’s sweeter than taking care of each other (and yourself)! Now, let’s get to the dates. These wellness-focused Valentine’s Day activities are great for couples, groups, and anyone wanting some solo time. By the way, did you know that taking yourself out is super healthy?
1. Hit the rock climbing gym.
Build trust and upper body strength on the rock wall this V-day. Most rock climbing gyms are accessible for seasoned climbers and newcomers, so if you’ve never rock climbed, there’s no need to feel intimidated. After your climb, head to your favorite café for a tasty, healthy lunch and embrace your sense of accomplishment.
2. Go ice skating.
What could be more romantic than ice skating with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day? Bundle up and head to your city’s local ice skating for the ultimate date for active couples. You’ll work up a sweat, build strength, and look super cute holding hands on the ice. If you’re worried about falling, don’t be! You’ll laugh it off over a warm cup of hot cocoa anyway.
3. Schedule a spa day.
Spa day, anyone? Whether it’s a couple’s massage or solo treatment you’re after, a relaxing spa day can hit the spot. Getting a massage can relieve muscle tension, pain, inflammation, and stress. Also, if you’re more interested in skincare, check out the facial services offered by different spas in your area.
4. Take a dance class.
If you’ve been eager to learn how to cha cha, tango, or ballroom dance, then take the plunge this Valentine’s Day! Dancing is a great form of exercise and can bring you and your boo even closer. Want to dance alone? Check out some hip-hop classes in your area for an exhilarating full body workout.
5. Bounce around at a trampoline park.
If you haven’t jumped on a trampoline in a while, you may be surprised by the physicality it takes to bounce around at a trampoline park. This Valentine’s Day, let out your inner child as you jump, complete obstacle courses, climb, and do tricks. Trampoline parks are perfect for group dates as well.
6. Go hiking.
Ahhh. There’s nothing like getting some fresh air and vitamin D. Bundle up and head to your favorite hiking trail with your boo or yourself, and let Mother Nature do her work. Getting outdoors and away from the digital world can do wonders for your heart and soul, so practice self-love on a beautiful Valentine’s Day hike this year.
7. Take a healthy cooking class.
Whether you’re a pro in the kitchen or a food delivery connoisseur, consider taking a healthy cooking class! A cooking class date can be a fun, educational way to discover new, nutritious recipes. Food brings people together. So, make some new memories as you enhance your cooking skills as a couple or alongside your cooking classmates for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day experience.
8. Try a new fitness class.
Between Pilates, hot yoga (personal fave), kickboxing, spin classes, barre, martial arts, and dance classes, there are endless opportunities to try new workouts. Add some spice to your fitness routine by mixing things up this February 14. Who knows? Maybe you’ll fall in love with your new workout.
Are you going to try out any of these healthy Valentine’s Day date ideas? Let me know in the comments below, and if you have other healthy date suggestions, feel free to share those, too!
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