The idea of going on a fitness-oriented date sounds great—for all of about 30 seconds when you realize you'd rather not have your new guy see you looking like a hot mess. Not all active dates need to be all-out sweat sessions, though. These calorie-burning date ideas will help you get to know each other better (no matter how long you've been together) without any worry if your makeup is running or how you smell. Plus, you can always hit the juice bar (or cocktail bar) afterward for a more relaxed and conversational setting after you've broken the ice during your workout.
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Go al fresco to improve muscular strength, endurance, and cardiovascular health, and burn about 600 calories an hour at a moderate pace, says Levi Harrison, M.D., author of The Art of Fitness: A Journey to Self Enhancement. Studies have shown that being in nature relieves stress, so focus on the view (go ahead and let him walk in front of you if he has a nice butt), and chances are the butterflies in your stomach will disappear. Since you're not panting, you'll have plenty of time to chat, and you can always bring a picnic lunch in a backpack to extend the day.
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