Gifts for an active night out (or in)
Who says date night needs to be high-cal or costly? Health and wellness experts at Indiana University offer some suggestions for entertaining gift ideas that can rev up the metabolism as well as the romance.
Instead of spending a large amount of money for a gift, try giving valuable time to a loved one. This could include taking evening walks or daytime hikes. It could also include thoughtful gestures such as repairing a partner's bike with the promise of a bike ride the next day, or giving flower seeds and bulbs for their garden in the spring.
Give your partner a weekend out-of-town. "What about a romantic stay at a bed and breakfast or a camping trip? A couple could go somewhere scenic, have a picnic, take a walk or hike, and then head to their bedroom for indoor activities."
--Debby Herbenick, associate director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at IU Bloomington's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Hit the slopes
Take advantage of cold weather and snow with a day of snow tubing, skiing or snowboarding. Surprising a partner with skiing or snowboarding lessons would also be a fun and active gift.
Treat your partner to an outdoor adventure. Try kayaking, hiking or running. These activities are fun and can be inexpensive. "The distinct atmospheres of nature and the outdoors offer an environment where unforgettable memories are made."
--Joel Meier, professor emeritus, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies in the School of HPER
Train and race with your partner
"Sign yourself and partner up for that 5K, 10K, half-marathon or full marathon you've been talking about wanting to do but never got around to. It is never more real than when you finally see yourself as signed up. This will also allow the two of you to spend time together on a daily basis while you train."
--Andy Fry, assistant director for fitness and wellness at the Division of Campus Recreational Sports in the School of HPER
Take your partner bowling or to the arcade. "Several video games are interactive and require you to stand and maneuver an apparatus."