So, if the sentimentality of Valentine's Day isn't your cup of tea, what better way to spend quality time with your significant other than by practicing a sport or activity together? Here are a few fun and fit ideas to help you connect over this Hallmark holiday – teddy bears and tandem bikes not included.
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Why? Because sometimes you need to see your partner dangling off the edge of a cliff to remember how much they mean to you. On a more serious note, rock climbing is a challenging and exhilarating way to spend an afternoon, whether it will be in the great outdoors or on an indoor wall. Typically, each climber climbs with the help of a belayer on the ground to assess the tension needed on the climber's rope to make the descent smooth and safe. Learn to navigate different routes and build strength and resilience together for a hobby that you'll look forward to doing regularly. Rock climbing involves a lot of patience, trust, and good communication - all key pillars of any successful relationship.
If you need a bit of inspiration, check out @leonardopereira1 and @victorianader1 on Instagram: this rock climbing couple makes it look easy!
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Why? Because you are the wind beneath each other's wings.
Once again, the thrill of extreme sports can be enough to remind any couple of how much they value each other's (and their own) lives. More importantly, however, what could be more of an exhilarating and bonding experience than tandem skydiving? Both you and your partner will be strapped to an instructor before freefalling from a plane at over 10,000ft, and landing softly on the ground with the help of a parachute. Make it a memory (or trauma) to last a lifetime by filming the experience on a GoPro and playing it to your future children when they doubt your coolness.
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Why? Because nothing says romance like a bit of sweat and serenading.
If you're already a fan of spinning and/or karaoke, this is the perfect experience to share with a loved one, if only to release some feel-good endorphins and have a laugh along the way. Classes typically follow the format of a regular spinning session, with a screen at the front of the class to help you sing along to the songs you're currently riding to. You'll definitely be breathless by the end of it, and hopefully inhibition-free too!
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Why? Because sometimes we hurt the ones we love the most.
This one might not be the first activity of choice for the ladies, but trying boxing as a couple will make you feel more secure and is a great way of getting in shape. You could try a kickboxing class together, or go straight for a sparring session in the gym with the guidance of a trainer. Better yet, prep for your boxing session with a romantic Rocky movie marathon the night before!
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Why? Because a bit of teamwork and scenery never hurt anybody.
The prospect of staying afloat in a small plastic container can feel daunting, but once you get the hang of it, and you're paddling rhythms align, you'll be gliding into the great outdoors (or clinging to each other for dear life). Kayaking and canoeing can make for a lovely afternoon adventure, or better yet an overnight excursion if you're the camping type too.
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Why? Because you can't do this one alone.
Whether it be a healthy bit of competition between you and your partner, or a game of doubles with another twosome, tennis is a fun game no matter your level or experience. Many professional tennis players have fallen in love on the court, so if it's good enough for Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, it's good enough for you and your new love interest. Grab life by the tennis balls and possibly even wear coordinating outfits - that's always the marker of a stronger couple, right?
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Why? Because you'll fall head over heels.
Combining yoga and acrobatics, acroyoga involves holding yourself and your partner in a host of balancing poses and is not only a great test of teamwork and trust but a really fun alternative to your usual workout. One of you will be the ‘base', the other the ‘flyer', and together you'll build strength and flexibility. Some acroyoga practices even include an element of therapeutics and massage, so just think of it as a couple's massage! Follow @acroyoga on Instagram for a bit of inspiration.
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