10 fitness dates to trick you into working out
Snap Some Selfies
Trust us, this will get you a lot of likes. Pick three to five local iconic spots, grab a friend, then bike, jog or walk to each, documenting your journey with a "couple selfie" at each stop. There is no limit on time, says Holly Rilinger, Nike Master Trainer, who lives in Manhattan and would pick The Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building and Times Square. The best part? You can stop for lunch.
Want to try a new workout but a little nervous about being the only beginner in the class? Do a "sweat tour" with a friend, says Brett Hoebel, century trainer on The Biggest Loser, Season 11. Choose a type of workout (such as Spinning, dance cardio or Bikram Yoga) each week for a month, and head to a new studio. By month's end, you should have a good idea of what work out you like best, and will have avoided that "newbie" feeling with a friend or a date by your side.
Best Of Three
Competitive? Hit the beach with your guy, armed with two paddles and a light rubber ball. The winner of three rounds of 21 points gets to choose that night's dinner spot. Just make it healthy and don't forget the SPF!
Tired of dinner and a movie? If you're near a horse farm, pack a picnic and book an hour-long sunset ride for two. "I just did this the other week," says Los Angeles-based trainer Astrid Swan McGuire, "and loved how much my core and stabilizer muscles had to work!"
Dance The Night Away
"Ever since my parents took a ballroom dance course and danced with me on their back porch, I've wanted to learn," says Rilinger. "Guess what? It's also a sick workout." Do like Holly and find out what dance classes are offered in your area. Choose a style (Salsa, Two-Step, Hip-Hop), grab your guy and take him for a spin. Then, once you've learned the moves, hit the dance floor late night for an extra credit round.
Rainy day? No excuse not to work out, says Danielle Hopkins, group fitness manager,Equinox Printing House in Manhattan. Pull out your Jenga, and write an exercise like 10 squats or 10 push ups on each piece. Whichever one you draw, you must do. Then, "whoever crashes the Jenga Tower has to run around the block." When it clears up, of course.
Take The Road Less Traveled
"I am blessed to live at the foot of the breathtaking Rocky Mountains," says Nicole Hagg, a Denver, Co.-based Yoga Alliance certified instructor, "but there is always something beautiful about most any setting if you are willing to look." Hagg suggests buying a local day-hike book and choosing a different one each week. "It's a weekly choose your own adventure and the adventure we often miss in life is the one in our own backyard, so it's great for exploring," she says. "Packing a picnic of some sort gives this date a sense of ritual."
Score Some Deals
Save some cash and slimdown. Go to Groupon, Living Social or Gilt and choose four workouts and two restaurants you haven't tried. "Commit for the next two months to do the workouts together," says Swan McGuire, "then treat yourself to a restaurant at the end of each month."
Show Your Commitment
Choose an attainable endurance race-a Century Ride, a half-marathon or a sprint Tri-then map out a training plan for two, says Hopkins. Having a partner pushing you along will kill the tedium, and supporting each other by working toward a joint goal may strengthen your relationship.
Yoga Rocks the Park + Brunch
Grab a friend and hit the mat in 17 cities for yoga al fresco. Log on to Yoga Rocks The Park for a location near you then head out on select Sundays throughout the summer to enjoy live music and a laid-back vibe with hundreds of other yoga enthusiasts, says Hagg.
On The Hunt
"I once went on a double date 'scavenger hunt' where the boys picked local shops, left a cute gift from the shop, like gift cards, bottles of wine, chocolates, and a clue of where to go until we eventually found them for dinner." says Hopkins. "No cars were allowed so we walked everywhere. It was awesome!"
Hit The Road
Grab some gals and book a long weekend accessible by car. Choose "somewhere where hiking, canoeing, river rafting or a zip line are part of the stay or package," says Lori Conte, ACE-certified fitness instructor in New York City. Hit local farmers markets and book a massage and call it a mini-detox.
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