Three fun ideas for Valentine’s Day

It’s the day of LOVE! ❤ Traditionally Valentine’s Day is a couple’s celebration, but I think that you can celebrate it in whatever way you want. To me, it’s about the people and things in your life that you love, whether that’s your partner, your friends, your dog, or running!

The 14th of February is an excuse to be all cheesy and pretend like you’re in a movie. It doesn’t have to be about chocolates and overpriced flowers though. I’ve compiled a few fun ways to honour the day in true Carbs and Kilometres style.

Run a Heart

With the rise of GPS tracking and platforms like Strava, drawing shapes with a run (or ride) has become more and more popular. I’ve seen some incredible examples of snowmen and reindeer at Christmas, or even a guy who proposed to his girlfriend by writing ‘Marry Me’ in their run-route.

For Valentine’s Day, get a bit creative and see if you can map out a heart-shaped course for your run. It doesn’t have to be perfect and you probably will have to do a lot of twisting and turning down streets, but the end result will look great!

Workout with someone you love

Grab a friend/partner and head to the gym (or park) for a partner workout. The idea here is to not just do exercises next to each other, but rather to interact while doing each move. It’s a great way to get through the session and also to feel like you’re working together as opposed to competing against each other.

For instance, you could do 3 rounds of the following:

  • Push-ups opposite one another, with alternating high-fives at the top of each rep
  • Sit-ups seated with legs interlocked, and high-five on each rep
  • Squats facing each other, passing a weight between you on each rep
  • Plank next to each other with arms extended, then slide a sand bag, ball or Vipr between you
  • While one person holds plank on their forearms, the other person does leg extensions under their torso (then switch)

Make pancakes

This year, Valentine’s Day conveniently falls one day after Pancake Day. So why not celebrate both days by making pancakes to enjoy? You can even try and shape them into hearts or top them with red fruits like strawberries and raspberries to really get into the spirit of love. Pancakes are delicious, and it’s just as important to give your tummy some love as it is to love the people around you.

Having tried all of these activities this Valentine’s Day, I can confirm that they’re lots of fun. They don’t have to be saved for Love Day either, you can whip them out at any time of year. (Especially the pancakes!)

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? How?

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