Dating on a Dime: Becoming Fond and Fit Together

How long has it been since you and your “other half” were on a date? Seems like everyone is cutting back their spending and trying to save more. But it is so important that we continue some things like spending quality time with our significant other. Not only do we deserve it, we NEED it! Each week Living on Love and Cents and Cornerstone Confessions are bringing you Ways to date on a budget. Go here to see the previous posts.

For many individuals, January marks the time to evaluate last year’s progress and plan for the New Year’s successes.  Many of the blogs I read are filled with posts stating resolutions, goals, hopes, and dreams for the New Year.  And of course, many of these goals are centered on fitness, weight loss, and exercise.

Being the mother of a now 4 month old, I too am hoping to regain control of my body and spend more time with my hubby.  And that got me to thinking–why not pursue both at the same time?
When Goose and I first got married we were exercise maniacs.  We would run together in the mornings and bike to the gym in the evenings.  While we didn’t go on many “dates” in the traditional sense, we felt like we went on little dates nearly every day.  My favorite things about those dates:
  1. We were doing something together.
  2. We got to talk while we did it.
  3. It didn’t cost us anything extra to do.
  4. We felt good about our bodies and our relationship when we were done.


Need some ideas to give your New Year’s fitness and relationship resolutions a boost?  Try some of these out:
  • Go biking around the park or if you need some extra
    motivation, bike to the donut shop and back.  I’m sure you’ll burn whatever calories you ate on your donut date as you pedal back home.
  • Take a twilight walk around your neighborhood.
  • Go for a morning run before the kids get up.
  • Pursue a gym membership (or if you are not sure you
    want to commit, take advantage of their trial offer). Once there, take advantage of the child care they provide and enjoy the time working out side-by-side.
  • Get some rackets and play tennis at a nearby
  • Go for a hike if you live near some trails.
  • Go play racquetball at a gym. Some will let you rent on a per-visit basis.
  • Go sledding together, if you live in a snowy
  • Do a workout video together in your home.  My
    hubby and I did the p90x videos for awhile and it gave us something new to talk and laugh about even when we weren’t exercising.
What are some ways you combine your fitness and date life?

Written by Living on Love and Cents Contributor Kathy. Kathy is wife to her buff beau, Goose, and mom to 2 precious little girls. She enjoys blogging, reading, and playing the piano.  You can read all about Kathy and her pursuits as a developing domestic diva drawing on the divine at Cornerstone Confessions.
  • AJ

    I love these ideas, but my husband is not an exerciser. And even if he was my kids are too little to leave at home and we don’t have any family around, which means I would still have to get a babysitter to feel like I am actually “on a date”….

    • I totally hear you on the the babysitter thing. Both my girls are 2 and under so I get it. Sometimes we toss them into their little red wagon and just walk around the block. We can talk. They can look and really, since they are behind us, it almost feels like we’re alone…almost. And, there have been times we’ve done a babysitting exchange with some friends. One night, my friend will come over and stay with my kids after they’ve gone to bed so my hubby and I can go out for a few hours. In return, I then go over to her house on another night and watch her kids after they’ve gone to bed so her and her hubby can go on a date. It’s a win-win because we both get dates and we both get quite time.

  • karen hunter

    thanks for coming together with other blogs to ofer your readers great opportunities, reviews, information, coupons and gieaways