The majority of summer days are lazy days spent either on sand-speckled beach towels or Netflix and chilling by the AC. Unless you and your boo are the athletic types making moves no matter what it’s like outside, I’m willing to bet the two of you spent all of your free time lying down rather than getting your heart rate up this past season. Of course, that’s totally fine and probably well deserved, but now that temperatures are slowly plummeting down there are plenty of ways you can shake the summer slump and be active with your SO this fall.
When the weather gets cool and leaves start turning, you’ll be hard pressed to find my husband and I curled up inside. There’s nothing like pulling on an oversized sweater, heading outdoors, and spending a little one on one time with nature. Whether you’re the type of couple who just cannot sit still, or genuinely wants to get moving a little more this season, here are a few fun, outdoorsy date ideas so you and your SO can get up and get active this autumn.
1. Hit The Trails
We can do better than walking around our familiar neighborhoods this fall, friends. There are countless trails to explore all over the country, so make a list of hiking hot-spots near you and check them out with your SO.
Take it slow if you’re beginners by sticking to clearly marked paths and just enjoying the scenery. Once you’re both novice-level, lace up those walking shoes and find mountainous areas for some extra exercise. If you find yourself interested in the nature aspect, make a list of animals and plants to look out for and document each one via iPhone or go old school and break out the Polaroid camera.
2. Toss The Football Around
Are you and your boo football fans? Maybe even rivals? Put your phones down and play an actual game of fantasy football.
Throw on your favorite jersey, name the terms (loser buys hot cocoa and fries?), and play a little one-on-one. Make sure to schedule the game for Saturday, though. Sundays are for watching.
3. Lace Up Your Running Shoes
Every year I take a running hiatus from late May through August because once temperatures hit their all-time high, it’s way too hot to even jog — let alone train for something as intense as a marathon.
Unless you prefer pulling out your PRs solo, going for a run outside with your SO can be super beneficial because while they aren’t exactly playing the role of physical trainer, they will always encourage you to literally go that extra mile.
And if it’s less about goals and more about getting up and out of the house together, a running date has so many benefits for every kind of couple. It’s cheap, easy to dress for, and incredibly bonding because the couple that sweats together, stays together.
4. Let’s Get Flexible
There’s more to couples yoga than mastering (or hilariously failing at) complex poses and admiring one another’s flexibility. According to yoga instructor and psychotherapist Julia Lehrman, inviting your significant other to join your practice serves as “a mini retreat or workshop to strengthen a relationship” as it encourages couples to pay attention and work together.
If you’ve never experienced a yoga practice outdoors, but I cannot imagine a more optimal time to check if off my bucket list. Yoga is physical, but it’s also largely spiritual, and what better way to get metaphysical than to find your zen among fresh air and colorful trees?
5. Climb Some Rocks
I wouldn’t suggest this particular activity if you’re afraid of heights, but if you thrive on thrill, rock climbing is an excellent way to pass the time with outdoors your significant other.
It’s dynamic and dramatic, and rock climbing also stresses the importance of trust and communication between partners. My advice? Don’t look down.
6. Literally Spark the Fire
If you and your SO are especially outdoorsy, this one’s for you.
Go camping (not )! Set up a tent, explore the area, but instead of packing one of those portable heaters or camp stoves, use your bare hands and nature’s tools to spark a literal fire (after doing extensive research on how to do so prior to this trip, of course).
Developing new skills will give the both of you an opportunity to really put your heads together, problem solve, and open a window of opportunity to learn something brand new about each other.
7. Plan A Scavenger Hunt
There’s plenty of ways to get creative with this one.
Scrounge up a few favorite knick-knacks to hide and find, or make it sentimental and plan a scavenger hunt inspired by your relationship. Scatter items all over and go on an adventure from one location to the next, leaving clues along the trail. Bonus points for romance.