The weather’s gradually warming up across the country (more so in some places than others), and as we get closer to spring, it’s a great time for partners to start thinking about outdoor date activities. Spending time outside allows you to break out of your routine, especially if you’ve been cramped up indoors for most of the winter, and outdoor activities that involve exercise release endorphins, the brain chemicals that make you feel excited or satisfied. Essentially, going on outdoor dates with your partner can be a great mood booster for both of you. Here are a few activity suggestions.
Couples Activities for Warm Spring Days
Go on a bike ride. You may just have an old road bike that you haven’t dusted off in years, but you know the old adage—you never forget how to ride a bike. The nice thing about bike riding with your partner is that you can easily tailor the ride to both of your ability levels and go on a shorter, more relaxed ride if you don’t want to do anything too physically intense. It’s also a form of exercise that’s easy on the joints and good for people of all ages.
Sign up for a 5K. If you and your partner don’t have bikes but still want to do something physically active, consider signing up for a 5K walk or run together. Look for a 5K that supports a charity you both like, and plan some training walks or runs together before the actual event. Having someone to train with is a great way to stay motivated to get in shape.
Enjoy some outdoor dining. Try out a local restaurant with patio seating when the weather’s nice, or pack up a picnic and take it to a park.
Pick your own produce. Want a mellow but satisfying activity? Look for “pick your own produce” farms or orchards in your area so that you and your partner can spend some time together and benefit from getting some fresh, in-season food.
Volunteer outside. If you want to spend time with your partner while giving back to the community, look for local outdoor volunteer opportunities. Choose something that you and your partner are both enthusiastic about, whether that’s clearing a nature trail, walking shelter dogs, or anything in between.
Remember, these are just a few ideas—the possibilities are endless, and you don’t need Houston marriage counseling to come up with them. It’s up to you and your partner to brainstorm the outdoor activities that you’re going to get the most out of.