Keeping date nights fresh can be a challenge. After a certain point, dinner and a movie loses its lustre and it’s hard to get excited about a night away that’s probably going to end with popcorn stuck in my bra. We mostly spend the evening talking about our kids anyways, because that’s what date night as parents is like. We are desperate to steal away from the very people we spend all night discussing. I decided to change things up a little for Valentine’s Day and plan a date night that was out of the norm.

Neither of us are really Valentine’s Day people but it felt like we should do something to mark the occasion. So we got dressed up and ready for a night that would get both of our hearts racing. It’s been a while since I felt that level of exhilaration side by side. Sweat poured down my face.

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This Valentine’s Day, it was on a stationary bike.

Yes, our hot date was at our local GoodLife Fitness location. We got our hearts racing together through some light cardio and broken conversation over the whirr of pedals. I’ve been doing a fitness challenge and I’ve found what has been key to getting me to the gym has been having a buddy. I find having someone to go with so motivating. He sees how hard I work and encourages me to do more. The loving look in his eyes even when I don’t exactly look sexy in a traditional sense makes me feel good. It didn’t just make me feel good personally, it made me feel great about us as a couple.

They say “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” On our Valentine’s date, we went 5 miles and it felt great. Then we went upstairs and lifted weights in the co-ed section. It felt like we got so much accomplished and it was an investment in our future together. It felt so good to share something I enjoy with him. We live such stressful lives these days and it was nice to release some of it together. When you spend all day lifting what feels like the weight of the world, 25-50 pounds in sets of 12 seems really manageable.

I really enjoyed our one of a kind date night and the opportunity to make his heart race in a new way that didn’t involve an awkward woman’s magazine article with obscure and embarrassing diagrams. He saw me in a different light and we ended the night with no popcorn stuck in my bra. Dinner and a movie might have lost its luster, but our romance was shiny once more.

The Date Night That Got My Heart Racing

“This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own”


  1. Nice name for this post! Sounds like it was a good time and doing something out of the norm is always a plus when it goes well!

  2. Aww I love this! Truth is, couples that are fit together really do push and challenge each other! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  3. I love this! I’m a big fan of continuing dating while married and non-traditional dates. I’m glad you had a good time!