Date Night Ideas

Is it that time of the year? If you’re in a relationship or courting someone with the goal of being in a relationship, we know the importance of having a great “Date Night” experience.  It’s like playing a video game or crossword puzzle where the objective is to put it altogether or accomplish the stage for another opportunity.  If you run out of ideas, use any or all of the ones below to help you create a fun experience that your partner will remember you for.

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  • Take a Dance Lesson together – If you’re the spontaneous type, show them what skills you may or may not have
  • Triathloning Activities – This doesn’t mean go swim, bike and run.  Instead do 3 events that you both feel your good at and compete such as basketball shootout, target shooting, dance dance revolution, etc.
  • Eat at home – Save $$$ by dumping out the going out and eating idea.  Instead, make the date night more relaxing by making your date dinner at home.
  • Getting Physical – No don’t hit your partner, I meant doing physical exercises together.  Things like Zumba, P90X or even Crossfit is a good way to see the athletic side of your partner.
  • Go Sight Seeing – Dates don’t have to be expensive.  Take them for a stroll around the city or park.  Enjoy the scene and take your time.  You might be amazed to see how romantic this may be.
  • Take them to Open Water – Ever had the chance to watch the Sunset by a Lake, River or Ocean? It’s a beautiful scene.  Great way to end a date or start one.
  • Watch an Improv or Comedy Show – No idea on what to do to make the night memorable, well have someone else do it.  Making a person laugh, they become more relaxed and willing to enjoy the date.
  • Take them to a wine or beer tour – Not only will you learn something, but you can remove the guilt trip of drinking earlier in the day.
  • Grab a tale at the book store – Sure you already have a Nook, Kindle or IPAD that does that.  But having an actual book and starting a conversation about what you and your partner have read is a great way to ignite past memories and create new ones.
  • Cuddle by the fire – If your house has a fireplace, this is the time to use it.  Talk about how you guys first met or past horror stories that are funny to talk about now while being in a dark place with just the fire burning out.
  • Instagram your date – If you see something funny snap a picture of it.  Been somewhere cool or new, snap a picture.  Post it and Whalla!! Instant album of your date night.
  • Drive In Movie Night – Back in the days these were the way to go when you want to do something romantic.  A little bit of old school tactics are never a bad thing when trying to impress your date.
  • Check out the Carnival – Win them a prize or beat them to get one.  End your night with some cotton candy and a ride on the Ferris wheel.
  • Check out the Nightclub – Show off your MC Hammer or Lord of the Dance.
  • Serenade them – If you can play an instrument or sing well enough. Sing them their favorite song or album to show how much you care and pay attention.
  • Check out something New – If you have never been to a museum or gallery, def go and see one.  It’s a great way to learn new things about artist, history or anatomy.
  • Check off your list of “Always wanted to dos” – If you’re the type of person who has made a list of things to do before you die, get married, etc.  Take your partner on a few of them to share a memory.
  • Hit the Road – Go on a mini road trip to see neighboring cities and states.  That way you will always remember that you were there along with the things you did.
  • Morning Movie Date – It’s cheaper, and allows you to do more things throughout your day.
  • Picnic at the park – great way to keep it casual and romantic
  • Join an event together – Try a 5k, Mud Run or even a Color run to bring out the sporty side of your partner
  • Hit the board games – If you’re tired of going out and spending a ton of cash, get a board game together and play like you were kids
  • Conquer a mountain – Go for a hike or camp overnight.  Great way to enjoy each other’s company with Mother Nature.
  • Go to a Spa – Nothing’s wrong with getting some TLC once in a while.. or twice in a while.. or even 3 times in a while.. if that makes any sense
  • Last Minute Surprise – Take your mate on an unscheduled vacation anywhere.  It’s a wonderful way of showing your on the fly personality.

Source:

http://www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/features/43-date-night-ideas?page=4

http://www.redbookmag.com/love-sex/advice/100-date-ideas?link=msn%3A50%20Best%20Date-Night%20Ideas%20of%20All%20Time_The%2010%20Rocky%20Moments%20Every%20Relationship%20Faces&dom=msn&tpc=Relationships&src=syn&con=art&mag=rbk#slide-46

Dance your way to Fitness!

We’ve all heard the expression “Time flies when you’re having fun.” This method applies to almost anything you do.  Work, education, recreational time and yes even staying fit.  By taking a break from the weights to breaking it down with the beat, you shed an easy 200-700 calories per hour.  Do this with friends and you have yourself a party.

Zumba, Salsa, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, and Belly Dancing are just a few different types of dance you can experiment with to boost your metabolism while changing up your regular routine.  Don’t knock it until you try it!

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  • Visit an Expert!  – Not everyone has the ability to just pick up and go.  Going to a class will allow you to take pressure off yourself since everyone is trying to learn it and make mistakes together.
  • View it and Do it! – Another option to consider if you are not ready yet to start attending class, is to purchase the DVD and do it at home.  You get the comfort of being in a comfortable setting while not having to drive home after pouring sweat after a session.
  • Game On! – If you have the Wii or Xbox Kinect, then why not buy the Dance4 game, Dance Dance Revolution, Zumba etc.  This allows you to bring more people in the mix and compete against each other for points, and bragging rights.

Dancing allows you to shock your body in a way that weight training and even cross fit/cardio training won’t do.  It allows you to do it in a setting that is relaxed and fun without the concerns of meeting a certain amount of repetition or goal.

It’s a great way to change your routine in an environment that is meant to be fun and full of energy.  It’s even a great place to meet new friends.

Source:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-80333/Get-dancing–latest-way-fit.html

Unleash your Inner Beast!

 

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If you are 20 years or older, congratulations! You have been a part of society surviving a handful of catastrophic (and funny) events.  We have survived the Y2K, The end of the world (3times), the end of times (Mayan calendar), and potentially the Zombie Apocalypse.  You owe it to yourself to look in the mirror and say “You are awesome; now let’s take it up a notch!”

The year is now 2013.  After going through the past 2 decades now is the time for action.  Believe it or not, all of us have an inner beast inside. No matter what level of fitness you are at, each and every one of us has a driving force that makes us compete against others or ourselves.

There is a lot of misconception about being fit. At one point or another many of us may have said to ourselves any or all the following below:

  • I need to spend “X” amount of hours at the gym
  • I need to get on a diet to lose “X” amount of pounds
  • I need to buy that program because…
  • I need to join “that” club because…

If you feel that you’re ready to unleash the beast within, below are a 5 helpful hints to get you there:

  1. Set a goal for yourself – Don’t worry about the magnitude, there’s a old saying “You can’t conquer a mountain without taking your first step.” Seeing that goal “on paper” on your mirror, at work, in your wallet or in inside your car’s dashboard is your first step to success.
  2. Design a plan – Think of this as your roadmap to your goal.  Understanding what it takes and the tools to get you there will ensure that you don’t fail.  This can be a calendar or a check list used to track your workouts, food intake and proper rest time so your body maximizes its potential.
  3. Get a trainer/success coach – getting assistance is a great way to guide you.  Experts in fitness can normally provide you with a wealth of knowledge.  What foods are the best to meet your goals, routine exercises and moral support.
  4. Start sooner than later – It’s better to start tomorrow than next month.  You don’t need to get crazy on your first dive in, but accomplishing it the first time is a great way to pump you up.  Don’t let that drive fade by waiting too long.
  5. Don’t Quit – The hardest part about any journey is the will to keep going.  If you feel that this is the cause for any past attempts to get fit, my suggestion is to take it easy but don’t quit.  Take a day or 2, but not a week or a month.  Unleashing your beast mode requires time, but once you have it, you need to keep at it so you don’t lose your momentum.  Switch up your workouts from time to time so you don’t get bored of it.

Finally I wanted to share an article on exercises for the average person written by Mark Clark.  Feel free to modify the workouts based on your goal.  Keep the weight at about 40%-60% times you maximum rep in the beginning, and add more if you need it in the later weeks if its not enough. This should give you a basic 7 day routine to get you started on the track back to fitness.

Monday

Focus: Weight Lifting

  1. Warm-up with light jog, jump rope, or elliptical machine for 5 minutes
  2. Dynamic stretching (lunges, pushups, pull-ups, squats with no weights, etc.) for 5 minutes
  3. Barbell squats
  4. Dumbbell lunges
  5. Barbell bench press
  6. Rows (can use row machine or barbell)
  7. Dumbbell side lateral raises
  8. Crunches
  9. Leg lifts (for lower abs)
  10. Static stretching

Tuesday

Focus: Cardio/Functional Fitness

  1. Warm-up with light jog, jump rope, or elliptical machine for 5 minutes
  2. Dynamic stretching (lunges, pushups, pull-ups, squats with no weights, etc.) for 5 minutes
  3. For 30 minutes, do something FUN and active! This could be running with friends, playing basketball, walking in a park, swimming, golfing (no golf carts), playing tennis, dancing (Zumba, Hip Hop, Belly Dancing), Plyometrics, or just about anything that gets your body moving.
  4. Static stretching

Wednesday

Focus: Body Weight Lifting

  1. Warm-up with light jog, jump rope, or elliptical machine for 5 minutes
  2. Dynamic stretching (lunges, pushups, pull-ups, squats with no weights, etc.) for 5 minutes For 30 minutes, do something FUN and active! This could be running with friends, playing basketball, walking in a park, swimming, golfing (no golf carts), playing tennis, dancing (Zumba, Hip Hop, Belly Dancing), Plyometrics, or just about anything that gets your body moving.
  3. Pushups – 3 sets of as many as you can do in 1 minute
  4. Pull-ups – 3 sets to failure (you can use assisted pull-up machine or a buddy to hold your legs if needed)
  5. Superset: 10 lunges each leg (no weight), then 10 squats (no weight), repeated for 1 minutes – 3 sets of this
  6. Your choice of abs (machines, etc.) – Do at least 2 exercises
  7. Static stretching

Thursday

Focus: Cardio/Functional Fitness

  1. Warm-up with light jog, jump rope, or elliptical machine for 5 minutes
  2. Dynamic stretching (lunges, pushups, pull-ups, squats with no weights, etc.) for 5 minutes
  3. For 30 minutes, do something FUN and active! This could be running with friends, playing basketball, walking in a park, swimming, golfing (no golf carts), playing tennis, dancing (Zumba, Hip Hop, Belly Dancing), Plyometrics, or just about anything that gets your body moving.
  4. Static stretching

Friday

Focus: Cardio/Functional Fitness

  1. Warm-up with light jog, jump rope, or elliptical machine for 5 minutes
  2. Dynamic stretching (lunges, pushups, pull-ups, squats with no weights, etc.) for 5 minutes
  3. Dead lift (make sure you have someone show you how to do this if needed – form is absolutely critical)
  4. Dumbbell lateral lunges (lunging to the side)
  5. Military press with barbell
  6. Chest cable fly 2-3 sets
  7. Lat pull-downs 2-3 sets
  8. Decline sit-ups 30times 2 sets
  9. Bridge holds for 20-60 seconds
  10. Static stretching

Saturday

Focus: Cardio/Functional Fitness

  1. Warm-up with light jog, jump rope, or elliptical machine for 5 minutes
  2. Dynamic stretching (lunges, pushups, pull-ups, squats with no weights, etc.) for 5 minutes
  3. For 30 minutes, do something FUN and active! This could be running with friends, playing basketball, walking in a park, swimming, golfing (no golf carts), playing tennis, dancing (Zumba, Hip Hop, Belly Dancing), Plyometrics, or just about anything that gets your body moving.
  4. Static stretching

Sunday

Focus: Off Day

Source:

http://blog.vitasouth.com/basic-workout-routine-for-the-average-person

Getting Fit for the Busy Person

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Let’s face it; most of us work for a living.  Aside from that we have other things to consider like school, family, and for many another income. This makes exercising for many of us a part time of what little time we have left.

It’s hard to believe, but there are indeed a few moments of the day that you can invest in your health and fitness. I would be lying if I told you that it’s simple or easy, but remember that sometimes all it takes is the “First Step”.  Below are some tips you can use to fitting exercise into your busy day thanks to Fitness for one and all (www.fitnessforoneandall.com):

Goal for it. Set short-term and long-term goals. A short-term goal could be starting from scratch and adding a minute a day to your exercise regimen. A long-term goal could be losing weight or lowering your blood pressure.

Break it up. Exercise doesn’t have to be structured. Busy people can get much the same benefits when they exercise in bits and pieces throughout the day as when they work out in one block of time.

Avoid the all-or-nothing trap. If circumstances prevent you from doing everything you planned for the day, do what you can and don’t worry about it. Tomorrow is a new day with new opportunities to exercise.

Be realistic. Don’t focus on exercises you find unpleasant or uncomfortable. Choosing activities you enjoy will help you stick with your program. Such as Zumba, Hip Hop, Cross-fit, etc.

There are ways to take a creative approach in your exercise if you just don’t have time to go to the gym.

Use stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. When at home, climb to the second floor as often as possible. For variety, take the stairs two at a time, or step up the pace.

Walk when you can. Park an extra block from your destination or at the rear of the parking lot. Look for the longest, rather than the shortest, route.

Learn a new sport. Take golf, tennis, or racquetball lessons.

Join groups that are active. Groups like mall walkers, hikers, or bicyclists.

Source:

http://www.fitnessforoneandall.com/guest/article/training/busy.htm