Are you dating someone new? Or know someone whose got a first date scheduled? Or maybe you just want to freshen things up in your current relationship? Then keep reading and share today’s post with anyone you think might enjoy some fun date ideas by guest blogger, Sarah Stevenson!
You only get one chance to make a first impression, so you want to make it a lasting, healthy, positive one–especially if this might be Mr. or Ms. Right.
Here are 8 fun, healthy date ideas that are sure to put you in good standing.
- Beach Date: Connecting to nature is incredibly healthy. Plan a date where you and your partner can glean all the benefits the sun, fresh air, ocean waves and sand beneath your toes has to offer you. Research says spending time in the outdoors decreases anxiety and increases the sense of well-being. So your date is sure to feel good on this outing. Show your new interest that you have a fun side, bring a Frisbee, a kite or even go for a swim together.
- Go Hiking: There is nothing like hitting a trail to get your heart rate up and catch some amazing scenery at the same time. Your date will be impressed by the effort you put out to plan a calorie-burning, eye-pleasing, heart-rate increasing activity and will likely be impatiently waiting for date number two.
- Take A Yoga Class: First dates can really wear on the nerves and yoga is a known stress reliever. If you want your date to feel relaxed, cheerful–albeit a little sweaty–treat him or her to a yoga class. By the time you’re done, you will be feeling happy, healthy and hungry for dinner. Do your research first—if your date is new to this activity, “hot yoga” might be, well, not so hot.
- Have A Sensory Date: If you want to impress your date in more ways than one, appeal to all their senses. Take them to a place that will be pleasing to the eyes, a garden, a sunset or a fireworks show. Tantalize the taste buds with a glass of deep red wine, a warm, scrumptious dinner and a mouth-watering dessert. Be sure to smell sexy so you please the olfactory system. Wear something soft to the touch to encourage cuddling. Finally, titillate the sense of hearing by sending them home with a mix tape of some of your favorite hip tunes.
- Do Something Childlike: I’m not suggesting you bring your blanky or your mommy. (Please don’t!) But appealing to your inner child may be the ticket to a second date. Show your date a good time, take them to an amusement park, roller-skating rink, or your favorite local park so you can frolic on the playground toys. If you’re feeling brave and frisky maybe bring along a game of Twister.
- Go Kayaking: A couple that kayaks together, stays together. (Or at least the rules of safety dictate they should.) Kayaking is harder than it looks so it will give you a chance to show off your strength. If you live close to a lake, river, bay, or ocean, odds are that someone rents kayaks and other watercraft near you. I suggest a tandem kayak—much more romantic.
- Cook Together: Try a cooking class or, if you’re ready for something more intimate, put together a feast in your own kitchen. You can each pick out a new recipe to try or play it safe and stick with one of your signature dishes–unless your signature dish is toast and a hardboiled egg. In that case, it’s time to expand your horizons. Be sure to find out the person’s food preferences and/or restrictions before setting off on this culinary adventure together.
- Go For A Tandem Bike Ride: Head down to your local beach or park and rent a bike for two. (See: Go Kayaking.) This date will allow you to take in nature, laugh a little and burn some calories. You will decrease the cortisol being released from the first date jitters and get a dose of feel-good neuro-chemicals from the exercise.
Dating can be exhausting. In order to get the most out of your experience you need to plan ahead. Designing conscious, healthy dates will ensure that you both benefit physically and emotionally from the experience. So even if it turns out that your interest isn’t your dream date, you will be better off from the adventure.
About the Author
Sarah Stevenson, a.k.a., The Tini Yogini, is a Certified Yoga Instructor in Southern California. She has a degree in Behavioral Psychology and teaches not only yoga classes but also life affirming workshops. She also writes for Beachbody, the makers of the popular at home workout videos, such as Insanity.