I know there are lots of couples out there who have a standing “date night.” As for me, I have a standing Monday afternoon date with a pack of puppies and their owners!
Why you ask? Well because it gets me to exercise in a different way – not to mention it’s great for my puppy, Daisy!
Part of leading a physically fit lifestyle is finding a way to enjoy healthful activities without having to don exercise gear and heading to the gym. If you’re like the Fiancé you may not be a fan of cardio machines but you may absolutely relish the thought of a multi-hour hike. That’s where our standing date comes into play!
On our weekly hikes we take to the local community forest. It’s called that but really it’s more than a forest – it’s a giant swath of land encompassing mountains, meadows, and lakes. There is nothing more beautiful than hiking for (usually) an hour and a half to two hours through beautiful mountain scenery.
By the time we’re done the puppies are suitably tired (a tired dog is a good dog) and I can honestly say I’ve had a great workout too. Sure, it’s not running on a treadmill of lifting weights but I’ve gotten my heart rate up and definitely worked some muscles along the way!
And the best part? Amidst the laughter, frolicking, and chatting, I scarcely noticed I was working out!
What non-gym physical activities do you do? Any hikes in your neck of the woods? Would you rather be in a gym than outdoors?