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Consider a Thrill: Top 5 Adventure Dates for Valentine’s Day

Posted: February 09, 2017 | Author: Abigail Wyatt | Read Time: 2 minutes

Students at a hot springRoses, chocolates, candy hearts, and romantic Hallmark cards are cliché anticipations on Valentine’s Day. Surprise your sweetheart with something new this year. After all, there is nothing like adventure to stir up the romance and strengthen your bond. According to Dr. Matthew Weeg, assistant professor of biology at Southern Utah University, dating experiences that include adrenaline-pumping adventure, over the traditional dinner and a movie, can create faster love connections.

Having a fun and slightly terrifying experience, such as riding a rollercoaster, skydiving or rock climbing, releases dopamine in the brain. “Dopamine, often referred to as the love chemical, is connected to our pleasure center,” said Weeg. “It positively reinforces the good feelings you get from doing an exciting activity and creates an emotional connection to the person you are with.”

Thrill dates can stimulate desire, euphoria, and attraction. So if you take that special someone on an adventurous outing for Valentine's Day, you significantly increase your chances of winning their heart. As always, use safety precautions when engaging in adventurous activity.

Amaze your date with one of these 5 thrill-seeking adventures and watch your love life flourish.

Splash Around. Head to a Hot Spring for a relaxing soak. These geothermal pools will guarantee a relaxing experience as they reduce stress, relieve pain and increase blood circulation. For a more romantic experience go in the evening to watch the sunset, stargaze, or treat each other to a massage.

Hit the Slopes. Go skiing or snowboarding at Brian Head or Eagle Point. Whether your style is flying down the mountain or inching along, this will bring you closer knowing that you can overcome anything as a team. Let yourself enjoy nature, and then enjoy a nice warm cup of hot coco. If you or your date isn’t quite ready to conquer the slopes, try sledding, cross country skiing or snowshoeing.

Reach the Top. Reach new peaks in your relationship. Rock climbing is a great activity for two. If you or your date is a beginner, hit the SUU rock climbing wall and race to the top. Experts say that rock climbing is a popular activity for couples because it relies heavily on communication and trust. And as an added bonus it’s a great full-body workout.

Free-fall. Free-fall your way into love by skydiving with Skydive Zion. Soar over the stunning scenery of southern Utah and Zion National Park. The dopamine released by this death-defying activity will strengthen your bond.

Go for a Spin. Heat things up with a spin around the ice skating rink at The Glacier Rink in Cedar City. Skating is an exciting excuse to get close and hold on as you help one another across the ice. Feel the romance as you fall over the ice, and each other.

This Valentine’s Day, be spontaneous, strengthen your bond and increase your attraction. With a little planning and sense of adventure, you can create romantic memories and experiences that bring you closer together.

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