5 Heart-Racing First Dates

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Oh, the hope. And the pressure! First dates can be wonderful and worrisome, all rolled up into a few hours.

Are you tired of dinner after first-date dinner? Done with the same old drinks? Don’t want to be stuck in silence at a show? Maybe it is time to jump off the bar stool and get a little sweaty together on your first meeting.

It doesn’t have to be risque. Or even complicated. Just choose a fun activity you can enjoy and get to know each other while doing — a little heart racing, sweating and flushed cheeks is great for that. And if the first encounter sets the foundation for the rest of the (potential) relationship (and I believe it does), you will be off to a solid start. And if it doesn’t work out? Well, then at least you got in a good workout.

Here are our favorite ways to get up and go on the first date.

1. Why Not Rock Climbing?

“It’s a total body workout, but when done efficiently, it’s predominantly a lower body exercise,” recommends Michelle LaRose, HKC Instructor in Huntington Beach CA. “You’ll use your quads, glutes and hamstrings, but don’t be surprised if your shoulders, forearms and hands are also sore. Not only is this a fun way to burn some calories but it also involves communication. You’ll need to help guide your date to the top of the rock wall and most importantly you’ll be assisting each other with your belays.”

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