21 Jul 2016

Date night idea: Let's get physical

Category: Features
Author: Karen
Yes, in the immortal words of Olivia Newton-John, sometimes there's nothing better on a date than getting physical, but you can get your minds out of the gutter please, because we're talking about actual sport. Or if not sport, then at least something that doesn't involve sitting at a table necking large quantities of booze and might raise your heart rate just a little. Variety is the spice of life, after all, so why not surprise your date by suggesting one of these fun, active dates?

A bike ride

What could be more romantic than sweeping down sunny lanes or through a beautiful park on a bicycle? Not much, though we recommend you keep off main roads as much as possible, especially if you live in a big city, or your date could turn out to be a terrifying dice with death, and we always advocate wearing a helmet. Pack a picnic in your basket and head out somewhere beautiful.

Dance lessons

Whether you're as lithe Anton Du Beke or as graceless Anne Widdecombe, there's a lot of fun to be had in taking dance lessons with your date. Apart from the fact that you'll be either able to hone your already impressive skills, or try to develop at least one right foot, it's an excellent opportunity to get up close and personal with your partner and enjoy all that zinging chemistry.


Might sound like the least romantic thing on earth, but the thrill and fear of paintballing will get your heart racing and your senses revved up. Whether you play together and do a bit of team bonding, or choose to be on opposing sides and hunt each other down, this will truly be a date to remember. Plus, you'll get in some serious calorie burning exercise.


Most parts of the country are near any area with a river or coastline where two person kayaks can be hired. It's a calm and serene way to spend your date (unless you end up in some rapids), as well as a great work out for the arms and shoulders. Plus, it might actually make you like each other more: a study of rowers from Oxford University found that members of the team who rowed together released twice the endorphins of those who rowed alone.


If you really can't bear to exercise, then frisbee is the perfect cop out game. It mainly just involves standing in the same place (unless your opponent is terrible and keeps throwing it in the wrong direction) and is therefore perfect for a lazy, hazy day in the park with a few cold beers and a picnic.

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