In Twos: Fun Couple Activities
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Instead of the usual dinner-and-movie custom, why not celebrate this Valentine's Day by taking up a hobby with your partner. Besides breaking away from the mundane routine, it also offers you the chance to spend quality time together. So whether it's exercising, dancing or cooking, here's how you can make it more fun!
Why: Signing up for a dance class gives a couple an opportunity to learn and develop a hobby together. Dance is a wonderful way for couples to come closer to each other not just physically, but also emotionally as it helps them build trust and better coordination with their bodies. It's also a great workout - apart from keeping you fit, it adds grace and personality to your character, thereby making you more attractive to your partner.
Sandip Soparrkar, Director, Sandip Soparrkar's Ballroom Studio
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Fit and Fab
Why: You and your partner can spend time together while working on your fitness goals. Instead of hitting the gym alone, plan a workout time that suits your schedules. You'll reach your fitness goals, without sacrificing the one-on-one time that every partnership needs. Receiving encouragement and praise from your partner is one of the best motivators. It'll help you both remain consistent and take care of one another. Exercise also produces chemicals in the brain that evoke feelings of happiness, reduce stress and also improve the libido. Several studies show that men and women who exercise regularly report better (and more frequent) sex with their partners.
Althea Shah, Fitness Expert, Gold's Gym, India
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Cook Up a Storm
Why: With cooking, you're learning and creating something new together, which motivates and relieves stress. More importantly, you get to eat at the end! My husband and I have been cooking together for years now - it divides work between us, helps us spend time together and also with our kids. We don't need to go to a mall or restaurant to have fun. He bakes bread, I make the pasta, we open a bottle of wine and voila! We have a great time! Sometimes we engage in culinary projects like a difficult meat pie or a baklava so that when it's done, we've managed to achieve something together. In fact, as a precursor to Valentine's Day, we have a couple's cooking class every year.
Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal, Chief Foodie, APB Cook Studio