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Working Up A Sweat On The First Date

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If you and your guy both enjoy working out, bond over common ground and spice things up with a gym date! A study from the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that couples who participated in a novel task, like hitting a new workout class together, experienced greater overall relationship quality. So, why not give it a try! If it helps your overall health and fitness, plus your relationship, it’s a win-win situation in my books!

The Dress Code

The perfect gym-date outfit is one that plays up your best feature, but isn’t overly revealing. Follow the “one sexy thing” rule: if you have fabulous legs, wear short-shorts and a long sleeve tee; if you want to show off your décolletage, choose a low-cut tank, but pair it with baggier athletic pants or ankle-length leggings.

The Sweat Sesh

Not all great sweat sessions make for great dates. But, these three work wonders:

Strength Training Circuits

Why it’s date worthy:

A fun routine in which you both pick two moves – and do all four – allows you to lift weights together, but at your own speed. For each exercise, perform as many reps as possible in 60 seconds, and continue for 15 minutes.

Bonus: You’ll have time to continue the chitchat post gym date !

Use Caution:

Don’t lift heavier weights just to impress him. Do what feels comfortable while still challenging yourself. Some healthy competition can be a great way to get a little flirty!

Pro Tip:

In the first round, keep track of how many reps you each perform of every exercise. Then challenge each other to beat that number in round two.

Indoor Cycling Class

Why it’s date worthy:

Dark room + sweat + good tunes = a totally sexy vibe. Plus, you can adjust the difficulty, so you can each pedal at your own pace.

Use Caution:

Date jitters may cause you to tense your shoulders or tighten your grip on the handlebar, which will mess up your form (making your workout less effective and leaving you looking just a little awkward). Try to relax and focus on keeping your core tight, which will unclench the rest of your body naturally.

Pro Tip:

These classes get crowded – arrive early so you can snag side-by-side bikes.

Yoga

Why it’s date worthy:

Yoga helps you connect with others. It can help you relax and move in harmony together in and out of the class.

Use Caution:

Don’t try too hard or let your ego get the best of you (this is not the moment to attempt the handstand or crow pose for the first time!). Ignore that mirror and just focus on being in the moment.

Pro Tip:

If one of you is a novice yogi, do a partner class instead of one with everyone on their own mat. You’ll be working together rather than struggling through poses alone…and you get to touch each other!

The Follow-Up

Showering kills the mood (unless you’re doing it together, hey-O!). Head to one of these come-as-you-are post-workout spots to keep the good (and good-for-you) times going.

Smoothie Joint or Juice Bar

Refuel with a glass of fresh produce. Pick a drink made with pomegranate, avocado, or banana – all have been found to boost arousal.

Healthy (Casual) Restaurant

Hit up a just-cozy-enough spot with low-cal entrees that won’t negate your workout.  Try somewhere that offers a variety of freshly made salads, sandwiches, soups or smoothies.

Pool or Beach

Being near water has a relaxing effect, per studies, so it may help calm any gosh-he’s-cute jitters.

Spa

Research shows that a rubdown is most effective at reducing exercise-induced inflammation if it’s done immediately afterward. Couples massage, anyone?

Follow some of these tips and you’ll be sure to get in some quality couple time! Having time just for the two of you is very important – you wont regret it and either will your relationship!

After all – couples who train together stay together!!

Sarah holds both an Undergraduate Degree in Biological Science and a Master’s Degree in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences. She played on the Women's championship Basketball team during her Undergraduate studies and also played on Team Ontario, winning gold at the National Championships 3 years in a row. She won several gold medals in the 400m and 800m track events, swam competitively, played baseball, volleyball and danced for 10 years. While completing her Master’s Degree in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, Sarah worked full-time as a Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Spinning Instructor. Enjoying her career as a Brand Manager for a global sport nutrition and diet supplement company, she continues to train clients today through her own online training services and competes in the Bikini division.

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