Single in Vancouver: You’re alone… now what?

Single in Vancouver

Single in Vancouver? Being single doesn’t have to be as dreadful as everyone makes it out to be. There are numerous pluses to being independent in this city, so let’s make light of the situation shall we?

When I got out of my last long- term relationship, I made a list of all the things I enjoyed doing or made me happy that didn’t involve my ex boyfriend. Sure it sounds silly, but at the time I really didn’t know what to do with the spare time – for so long I thought about myself as part of a twosome and suddenly I had to figure out the whole single thing. It took some time, but I sure figured it out – the key is to find out what YOU like and who YOU are, so when you finally meet the right person, you’ve already got yourself sorted out (it’s also nice to be selfish and focus on yourself once in awhile).

Being single doesn’t mean you should be on the constant prowl; at times it’s best to take advantage of that alone time – while you still have it. With spare time and spare money to spend on yourself, you might want to get out there and see what this city has to offer you as a solo citizen.


Get into shape and have fun doing it

It’s easy to pack on the pounds while in a relationship. With the constant dinners out, nights lounging on the couch and lack of effort to impress, you wind up single and chubby. Get out there. Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore or expectation in your day; believe it or not, there are ways to make getting into shape fun – especially in Vancouver.

Join a gym class 

Male or female, a group exercise class can be motivational, entertaining, and a great way to get back into shape. Vancouver offers a number of effective cardio and strength training classes at all levels. So if you’re like me and struggle to walk up stairs just stay in the back of the class and you’ll live to tell the tale. Being in a large group with others who barely know what they are doing makes for a great laugh, helps to motivate and makes it all the more enjoyable!

Join a walking or running group 

Maybe you’re looking for a way to switch up your exercise routine, perhaps you’ve had one too many Big Macs, whatever the reason, joining a walking or running group is a way too meet new people while losing weight.

Try Yoga 

Vancouver women have developed a trait – the love of yoga pants. Sure they help show off a nice butt, but some of us actually wear them for their main purpose – yoga. Vancouver offers an amazing selection of yoga schools, studios and private teachers. In every area of our city, yoga studios mark the healthy lifestyle Vancouver is known for. You’re single, so you might as well get flexible and fit while you are still young enough to do so!


Get a hobby or two

Let’s face it; relationships drain you of your personal interests and hobbies. With spare time comes the ability to do the things you’ve been holding off on. All of those ideas that you’ve “always wanted to try” are calling your name and you no longer have excuses. I don’t care if you want to learn Spanish, collect Pokémon cards or become a rapper… go do the things that make you happy.

Go wine tasting 

Why not go spend an evening tasting your way to happiness (or a terrible hangover). If you love wine, a tasting is the perfect way to spend a single evening. Bring a friend, go solo or meet someone who shares the interest of getting drunk – what’s stopping you?

Go speed dating 

Yes, the idea scares most of us, but imagine if it actually worked? (One of us has to be lucky, right?)

Join a cooking class 

As long as you don’t end up burning the place down, cooking classes are a blast. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to love the kitchen so why not perfect your skills? Cooking classes are a great thing to do alone or with friends – who knows, you might even meet someone to practice those new tips and trick on.

Learn a new language 

Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn Italian, maybe you’re bored enough to give it a shot, maybe you’ve been tied up these past few years with a relationship… excuses are no longer necessary.

Spoil and pamper yourself

For all the times you were told to hurry up and finish getting ready, to wear less makeup, stop spending money on your nail, hair and new clothes… this is your time, my friend.

You are single and it is time to pamper yourself. There’s nothing wrong with a little self-spoiling and Vancouver’s shops and spas are here to assist.

Treat yourself to a day at the spa

Go buy yourself some temporary happiness 

Robson Street

Pacific Center

Oakridge Center

Spend some time focusing on yourself and I guarantee a better outlook on the single life. You finally get to watch the movies YOU want, to choose the television program YOU secretly enjoy and to do what YOU want whenever YOU please. Now go work on that list!

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