4 Healthy Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Pssst: You can totally take credit for thinking of these.

Go Vertical rock climbing gym | Photo via Facebook

Go Vertical rock climbing gym | Photo via Facebook

Valentine’s Day is like Christmas for couples, complete with the planning and gift-buying pressure. But it doesn’t have to be so anxiety inducing — it can just be fun. Really. And pretty healthy, too, if you plan your day right. And luckily, Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, so you aren’t confined to boring dinner dates this time around. But if you, like just about everyone else, are paralyzed by planning stress, we’ve got you covered. Below, four fun and healthy dates you can claim as your own brilliant ideas. (And if all else fails, breakfast in bed always wins. At least in my house.)

For the Early Risers : Yoga + Breakfast at Hydropose Studio

If being somewhere before 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning doesn’t make you cringe, this yoga-and-breakfast combo at Hydropose, a gorgeous space in South Philly filled with hydroponic plants, is the perfect way to kick off your Valentine’s Day — without having to whip up a breakfast-in-bed spread for your significant other. And at $15 per person, it’s a really sweet deal. There are only 30 spots available, so make sure to register ASAP if you want in.

For an Out-of-the-Box Date: Go Rock Climbing then Grab a Beer

If you and your boo have been repeating the same date night for years (Hey, no shame there — my boyfriend and I go to Loco Pez for tacos and margaritas every chance we get. Like, every single one.), switch it up with a little rock climbing. A day pass at Northern Liberties rock climbing gym Go Vertical is just 19 bucks, and you can refuel at Yards Brewing Company right down the street after you get your sweat on. Bonus: They give free brewery tours on Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m.

For a Not-Just-Dinner Evening Date: Sweetheart Skates at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

The folks over at Winterfest are hosting Sweetheart Skates this Valentine’s Day. Tickets are $25 per person and get you a whole lot more than just your hour- and a half-long ice skating session: Admission gets you skate rentals, chocolate, flowers and photo booth photos. And the setting is quite the romantic scene, complete with fire pits, s’mores kits and spiked hot chocolate.

For the Running Addicted: Run Rittenhouse, Then Run to Brunch

For the runner couples of the world — and those daring enough to brave this weekend’s freezing temps — Lululemon Walnut Street’s running club, which welcomes all levels for a three- to five-mile group run, leaves from the store at 11 a.m. From there, we say head to Parc (if you can grab a table) for a romantic, carb-filled brunch that you and your date totally earned. Because, really, who can resist their bread? For a more low-key brunch alternative, try the new Bluestone Lane cafe in Rittenhouse’s Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel. Psst: They’ve got avocado toast!

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