Jennifer Lovejoy, Arivale Chief Science Officer, PhD
February is the season of love, and our coaches are filled to the brim with fun, healthy ideas of how to spend time with the people you love – whether that’s your partner, friends, family, or coworkers – on Valentine’s Day – or any day!
Check them out below.
Explore Animals & Science
In my family, we love to pick one activity for the day that gets us out and moving, such as going to the zoo, aquarium or science center. The mix of physical and mental stimulation makes for a day that feels fun and productive. To avoid being too hungry to make healthy choices or spending a ton of extra money, aim to pack a healthy snack, such as fruit and hummus with whole wheat pita, and water to drink. Bonus points if it’s nice enough to have the snack outside!
– Coach Jaclyn
An escape room is a fun way to spend time with your significant other, especially if you want that time to include other couples or family members. You all work together to figure out how to escape, which involves a good amount of talking, laughing, and bonding. I recently did an escape room with my family, and we all had a great time and learned new things about each other. We also got a fun memorable photo together at the end.
– Coach Katie
Meet Up for Mushrooms
Airbnb has an “experiences” section now where you can do TONS of things: cooking classes, aerial yoga, tours, photography, and so on. Personally, I’ve got my eye on the mushroom foraging class. It’s an ideal date in my book: you’re outside, getting a little exercise, learning something new, AND getting cooking inspiration!
– Coach Mary Margaret
My favorite way to connect with family and friends is through active movement. Not only does it keep you accountable to staying active, but you have a chance to talk, connect, and bond over shared interests. My favorite activities with friends and family are getting out for a hike in the mountains or an urban hike through the city (try AllTrails for local trail inspiration), biking to a fun location, indoor rock climbing, picnics at the park, or trying out a new workout class.
– Coach Justine
Shop and Cook Local
I love selecting gorgeous seasonal produce at a local farmers market, then creating meals from what I bring home. Local produce can be healthier for you and the environment. You and a loved one can work together – having two heads is definitely better than one – or go head-to-head to create a dish from the ingredients you pick. Winner gets to pick dessert!
– Coach Maia K
Hop on a Bike
Mountain biking is wonderful for people who don’t feel comfortable in conventional get-to-know-you settings (like coffee shops). My husband and I met through mountain biking, as we’re both active people who like to “do” things. When I first learned to mountain bike, I was also new to the area, so it gave me a great excuse and opportunity to explore.
– Coach Heather B
Enjoy the Arts
Art walks are one of my favorite ways to spend time with loved ones. It’s active, but not strenuous, thought-provoking, community-centered, and economical – win, win, win, win! Most cities or towns have art walks on a specific day of the week or month. Galleries are open and museum prices are discounted or free. And, some classics don’t go out of style. The simple act of going to a movie or local play can be an easy and pressure-free way to enjoy someone’s company. Then get a cup of tea or a bite to eat and talk about the show. Quality time doesn’t have to be complicated or elaborate.
– Coach Kristina
Find the Deals
When you’ve got a group of loved ones – grandchildren through grandparents – who want to spend time together, it can be challenging to think of an activity that works for everyone (and everyone’s pocketbooks). Livingsocial and Groupon have fantastic “experiences” sections with fun ideas and great discounts.
– Coach Sandi
Savor the Flavor
We enjoy doing tasting experiences but don’t always want alcohol. Many artisanal food makers offer tastings of their products, like olive oil and vinegar, chocolate, kombucha, and coffee. These experiences allow us to try new products and learn about the production and history of a particular food.
– Coach Emily
Choose a Class
Choosing an activity to do with someone, whether it’s physical activity or taking a class together to learn something new, is one of my favorite ways to spend time. First off, it gets me out of my “dinner and a movie” rut, which I love but which can feel like less of a “bonding” opportunity than sharing an actual experience, which tends to create a lasting and impressionable memory. It also can get me out of my comfort zone, which is essential for me as I strive for more personal growth and self-exploration.
– Coach Mary
Jump for Joy
Go to one of those trampoline facilities like Sky Zone. First dates can be nerve-wracking, but this can keep things light and fun! You get to jump up and down, laugh until your stomach hurts, and basically feel like a kid again. I can’t think of a better way to spend a night out. Plus, jumping gets your heart rate up like nobody’s business!
– Coach Riana