Is your body still sluggish from the prolonged lockdown? Do you feel it’s time to get out there and kickstart your fitness regimen? It’s not an unknown fact that spending time being active is beneficial for your mental, emotional, and physical health – so why not have fun burning some calories? If you’re looking to increase your heart rate during a date with your partner or best pals, we have some ideas.

Make like Dora the explorer for a day and try out these bite-sized activities around the Klang Valley.

1. Freediving with Paul Sack, Petaling Jaya

We’re sure that while scrolling through your Instagram feed, you’ve come across jaw-dropping images of people free diving – holding their breaths for an extended period as they effortlessly plunge into a deep part of the pool or ocean. While free diving may not be one of the first things that may come to mind as a date idea, it’s certainly something different and worth trying.

Led by Malaysia’s free diving champion, Paul Sack, Life Freediving provides the average Joe with an introduction to a sport that tests your body’s ability. The Introduction to Freediving is perfect for beginners and those who aren’t quite ready to start in the ocean. In this course, you will learn all you need to know about the basics of freediving. It’s sure to be a fun date for all you water babies out there!

Price: RM1400
Address: PJ Palm Sports Centre, Lorong Sultan, Seksyen 52, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Contact: +6012 308 1081

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2. Surf in the city at FlowRider, Bandar Utama

Surfing has picked up in Malaysia, but it requires travelling to coastal areas with some decent waves. If you haven’t got the time or aren’t quite ready to commit financially, then FlowRider is the perfect option as an introduction to surfing.

FlowRider is a wave pool simulation located in 1-Utama, and is suitable for all levels. This cool activity aims to encourage those looking to get fit and healthy by improving balance and strengthening the core and thighs.

For an introductory lesson, you’ll get to experience handling the bodyboard and the flow of the simulated waves before you’re put on a slimmer board for standing. FlowRider also offers additional progression classes for those looking to pick up a new hobby. Surfing in the city has never been easier!

Price: Starts at RM45 per hour on weekdays
Address: LG601, Lower Ground Floor, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya
Contact: +603 7710 0833

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3. Adventure above ground at Skytrex Adventure, Sungai Congkak

Were you hoping for a serious adrenaline rush on your next date? Then Skytrex Adventure in Sungai Congkak may be the answer. Not your ordinary outdoor course, this above-ground playground is where you can fly, swing, glide, and dangle to your heart’s content. With obstacle courses that will increase your heart rate, adrenaline junkies can choose from intermediate (River Thrill) or advanced (Rapid Extreme) levels.

The River Thrill (assuming you’re no Tarzan) is about a whole kilometre worth of full-body workouts. If you’re a little nervous about what to do, you can rest easy knowing that you’ll be briefed thoroughly by an experienced guide before going on your epic date-venture. Don’t worry about being stuck in a middle of a flying fox too, because there are personnel ready to help or rescue you in such situations. Slots get taken up pretty quickly, so book in advance.

Price: RM55 for 1.5 hours
Address: Batu 20, 1/2 Jalan Sungai Congkak, Kampung Padang, 43100 Hulu Langat
Contact: +6013 276 9841

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4. Dine in a river at Kemensah, Ampang

Okay, so we figured that no date night can escape a nice dinner, but to be fair, this is no average dinner! A short drive from the KL city centre will lead you to a charming little restaurant with quaint kampung vibes. At BBQ Lamb KL Kemensah, guests can enjoy delicious grilled meat and other dishes while soaking their toes in the calm river. While getting to your table may require some light effort, it’s definitely worth the trouble.

Dinner is served fast here, and there is a cap of two hours of makan time per booking, which is understandable, because they usually get booked out! Give the Couple Set (RM100) a try, which includes a mixture of grilled lamb, beef, and chicken served with rice, fruit slices, and a cool drink. Fans of the asam boi drink will be delighted to know that it’s free-flow! This cosy dining spot ticks the box if you’re looking for something different!

Price: RM50 deposit required
Address: Jalan Taman Zooview, 68000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6012 211-4100

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It’s easy to settle for the usual date ideas, and on most days, we encourage you to do the same due to accessibility and time. But there’s no harm in sprucing up your date nights once in a while with something out of the ordinary and fun!