How often do you spend quality time with your partner? (Brushing your teeth together doesn’t count.) Now, how often do you do something fun with your partner? (Watching TV doesn’t count.) While dining at a restaurant is great every once in a while, how about working in some less traditional dates that are sure to boost your connection?
Consider some of the following ways to have fun with your partner, learn more about them, and perhaps see them in a new light. Wander out of your comfort zone with something you’ve never done before. Take turns choosing something that interests you.
Yoga offers countless benefits, from mindfulness and stress reduction to better sleep. Yoga is is both relaxing and energizing, a total mind-body workout. Practicing yoga with your partner can increase trust and communication. This is especially true in partner yoga where each pose is designed for two people. Partner yoga can improve your intimate connection leading to better sex. Try a tantric yoga class together. Tantric yoga is a sensual practice designed to deepen your connection, build off each other’s energy, and honor each other’s body.
Yes, rock climbing is physical, but it’s a mental challenge as well. Rock climbing requires a lot of problem-solving which could aid your relationship by helping you meet your partner’s needs better. If you’re just starting out, find a local climbing gym and boulder together. Bouldering can be exhilarating. You can encourage each other as you do something adventurous and get a great workout!
They say that couples who dance together, stay together, right? If you’ve ever danced with your partner in the kitchen you know how fun and/or romantic it can be. Improve your steps with a dance class. You’ll be touching, eye gazing, and learning to speak to each other through body language. Talk about intimacy! In addition, dancing with your partner will require you to work as a team and communicate effectively, so that you can move in harmony (and not step on each other).
This could be something new to you both - maybe you and your partner decide to try French lessons together. Or you could decide to play teacher and share a skill you have with your partner. Guitar player? Knitter? Baker? Take turns as each of you teaches the other a new skill.
Get creative and take an art class together. Art is therapeutic, so whether it’s sculpture, painting, or pottery you’ll feel any tension lift. This will allow you to spend genuine time with your partner without any pressure from your everyday life. Creating something new with your partner is a way to learn a new skill or develop a budding passion. Moreover, a study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family found that couples who take a painting class together produce more of the feel-good hormone, oxytocin.
Join a beginner’s improv class with your partner. For many, this is a journey outside of their comfort zone. Doing this with a romantic partner can improve your bond. In an Improv class, you’ll be required to display a wide range of emotions, which makes you more vulnerable. Vulnerability helps you grow intimacy and trust. This is a great way to build on your friendship. It’s guaranteed you’ll be silly together with plenty of shared laughs.
Love doesn’t have to cost a thing! The following are mostly free ways to bond and have fun with your partner.
Volunteer - Not only does volunteering help out your community and make you feel good, but it’ll bring you and your partner closer together. Working towards a meaningful shared mission will deepen your connection.
The following are free online classes to try with your partner: