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How to Enjoy Your Relationship Again

4 fun ways to Shake. It. UP!

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After a consecutive 10-day span of Netflix and Uber Eats, I began to worry that this could be the beginning of the dimming of our romantic flame. I didn’t want our relationship to lose its exciting energy. We were both such active people when we first met, but the stresses and demands of everyday life left us exhausted and it was starting to seem like we’d stopped putting as much energy into ourselves and our relationship as we used to.

I decided it was time to make a change, so we got in the car and on the road. We decided to approach the day like we were at summer camp — we rented bikes, went swimming in the lake, and played bocce ball at a local tavern.

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My hubby and I spent a great day out of the city, and decided to make it a regular thing

This action-packed day left us feeling excited, alive and more connected to one another than we’d been in ages (or the past few weeks, anyway). That day we made a pact to break free of our idle routine every weekend and be more active together through shared hobbies.

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My hubby and me, having fun exploring new towns

Engaging in an activity with your spouse can strengthen your bond and help you create unforgettable memories. To keep things fun and fresh in your relationship, try some of these activities together:

 

Explore the Great Outdoors

Take the weekend to get out into nature and enjoy the serene sounds and sprawling vistas. Spending time together without distractions allows for moments of open communication and opportunities to bring out your adventurous side. Going on biking or backpacking trips can bring you closer together, since you have to rely on teamwork to navigate the trails and set up your tent.

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My hubby and I, hiking Storm King Mountain (in the rain) in upstate NY, about an hour north of NYC

If you live near NYC and you’d rather opt for a two or four-hour hike, we love the Storm King Mountain trail, which is about an hour north of NYC, but you can choose your adventure here.

 

Play a Sport

If you both enjoy being athletically active, take up a sport you can play together. Golf is one you can play together until you’re 90 years old (or so the sales pitch from my golf-loving husband goes).

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Learning to sail on a weekend trip upstate

Tennis is another excellent activity for couples to enjoy, as it can vary in intensity and can be played with just the two of you. Or, if you want to put your tennis skills to the test, play against another couple for a fun challenge. Find couples looking for friendly competition on the USTA site.

For an extra challenge, learn an unusual sport together like kayaking, archery, fencing, or sailing.

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My hubby and I raced a Ferrari and a Lamborghini at The Richard Petty Exotic Driving Experience

If you and your spouse love living on the wild side, try a more extreme hobby like white water rafting, skydiving, rock climbing or drag racing. Drag racing is an exhilarating sport that helps relieve pent-up stress. Around the country, there are weekend drag races happening where cars race at speeds up to 115 mph. To equip your car, make sure it has the proper safety features and high-quality equipment. Then, fulfill your need for speed and some healthy competition by racing against each other.

 

Find Your Zen

Practicing yoga or meditation with your spouse is an effective way to center yourselves and find your calm. Many yoga studios offer classes for couples yoga, which increase the communication and sensitivity in your relationship.

How to Enjoy Your Relationship Again

Couples meditation is a powerful way to relax together on a daily-basis and can also come in handy during times of conflict. If you are new to meditating, there are several mobile apps that provide you with guided meditation sessions that you can practice with your loved one.

 

Take a Mini-Vacation

Not feeling the road tripping vibe? There are loads of last-minute vacation discounts online. Find one and go somewhere really spectacular. Traveling together is a great bonding experience.

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With my hubby on a long weekend trip in Provence

Google Flights and Skyscanner have handy map tools that can help you find the cheapest flight. If your destination is open-ended — i.e., “anywhere with a beach” — use the map to pick the most economical locale.

You can also try apps like Hotel Tonight, which offer last-minute deals if you need a place to stay tonight, tomorrow or within the next seven days. While some deals – especially in the US – are not so good, it can deliver deep discounts in Europe and the UK. BluByn is a new app with a personal concierge that will help you find the best travel deals from across the internet.

So take your adventurous spirit, your active lifestyle, and your insatiable curiosity and use those traits to explore and revamp your relationship. Ready. Set. Go!

A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time traveling around Europe, with pied-a-terre's in Zurich, London, Milan and Lyon, France. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 209 Comments

  1. Cory Morgan

    I wish we can do hiking, but my wife is not a fan of hiking. Haha! 😂

  2. AMY SPAIN

    Thank you, Hilary! I will take note of these tips. It’s time to get out of our comfort zone and try something that will make us bond together for a better relationship.

    • Olivia Osborne

      I got the same situation. I always follow what she wants, but when it comes to hiking, she refuses.

    • Rebecca Buchanan

      That’s the spirit, Hilary will never put something uninteresting in this magazine.

  3. Kathryn Hayes

    We both love cars, but the sad things are she doesn’t know how to drift. Lol.

  4. Patsy Caldwell

    Your man is lucky to have you. I hope every woman is like you. very supportive to your husband. no wonder why he is very successful.

  5. Marcella Kelley

    You can travel without breaking your bank. There are ways to travel without spending too much. Just organize, and research. That’s all you have to do.

  6. Della Gregory

    Accept that sometimes, you will have an argument, you will get tired, but always remember why did you stay for years? why did you love him/her? Think for a certain reason to stay, and fight.

  7. Edmund Bailey

    Perfect for this summer! I will ask my girl if she wants to go to Miami with me, and we will have the time of our lives.

  8. Viola Hawkins

    Love is always there, it will never fade. It’s just you get bored because you know that your partner is always there. Try to breathe, go out and enjoy.

  9. Alice Rogers

    We will try the yoga thing. Besides, we want to live the healthy living now. Lol

  10. Cecilia Graves

    My man and I are both dancers. we spend our free time by dancing. Yes, there’s a point when I want a break because it all became a routine, but he’s not giving up on me. we are in our 8th year this year, and man, I love him so much.

    • Francis Romero

      Wishing that you both will end up together. Keep fighting for your love! ❤️

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