Fun and cheap dating ideas
Plus, a shared sweat sesh can help you get lucky in the sheets: One survey found couples that run together get it on more too. Grab some cruisers and explore the local scene for a few hours.
Cost: $$A day trip to the trails is a great way to enjoy beautiful landscapes, chat, and sneak in some exercise while you’re at it.
Plus, a couple hours in nature can boost creativity and reduce cortisol levels.
And there’s no need to seek out mountains—just a walk in the park, surrounded by greenery, has been shown to have similar health perks.
The best part is you don’t have to look too far (or dig too deep in the wallet) to find fun and affordable date ideas.
We’ve put together a list of 30 suggestions under that are guaranteed to pump up the fun and romance in your life.
Cost: $$Always wanted to check out kickboxing or Cross Fit but too shy to go solo? Many studios offer free or discounted intro classes so you can cheer each other on.
There’s something refreshing about spending time outdoors and picking your own locally-sourced produce. While shared rituals—such as splitting the penne at your favorite Italian joint every Friday—can be a fun tradition, research shows relationships need novelty too.Keeping things fresh can increase relationship satisfaction and bring back those “butterflies” that we’ve all had on the first few dates, at the same time flooding the brain with feel-good dopamine Couples’ shared participation in novel and arousing activities and experienced relationship quality. Department of Psychology, State University of New York, Stony Brook, N. Journal of Personal and Social Psychology, 2000; 78(2): 273-84.Paint a flea market find, take a pottery class, or put together a gallery wall.Even if you aren't the most artistic pair in the world, you'll end up with a physical reminder of something you worked on together.
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Yes, that means printing out all those embarrassing Facebook photos from 2008.