There’s one primary thing every man should know about women and sports: Even though some of us only pretend to like them, many of us secretly hope that our potential boyfriends and hookups are at least somewhat athletic. Simply because, well, fit guys are hot. That said, if you’ve been toying with the idea of asking that cute chick from the coffee shop on some type of active first date, you’re spot on. Sporty dates provide a great opportunity for you to show off your vitality and sense of adventure. They also keep the mood light and provide a filler activity and fall back discussion topic if there are any lulls in conversation. Getting a little physical (no, not that kind of physical) with your date can also turn her onto you if she’s on the fence, according to one Journal of Personality and Social Psychology study. The sweaty hands, racing pulse and shortness of breath that come along with exercise mimic the physical effects of romantic lust, say researchers. And as strange as it seems, people often mistake their workout high with sexual attraction.
First dates, can be tricky, though. You don’t want to organize something that will leave either of you dripping in sweat or embarrassed about your lack of coordination. Since it can be tough to strike the right balance, we’ve gathered 15 girl-approved, sporty first date ideas that fit the bill.