23 Active Dates That Are Way More Fun Than Grabbing Drinks

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If you've ever felt like you get more out of your workout while exercising with a partner, it's not just your imagination.

According to a study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, working out with a partner can, in fact, increase your performance. The results of the study probably aren't too surprising. After all, not only can working out with a partner help when you need a spotter at the gym, exercising with someone else means you can keep each other motivated. Not to mention, it can make it more fun — especially with a significant other.

In fact, another study from researchers at Indiana University found that married adults were far more productive and motivated when they attended fitness classes with their partner than those who attended classes alone.

And while there's nothing wrong with the classic dinner-and-a-movie date — it can get a little old sometimes. Trying new and exciting things together can be great for your relationship. New experiences, according to research from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, trigger the same brain chemicals that are ignited during your relationship's early romantic honeymoon phase.
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Active dates are a fun way to try new things together and stay healthy at the same time. Read on for some fun ideas for what to do.
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Skiing

Hitting the slopes with your partner can be fun — and we won't tell anyone if you end up spending more time in a cabin with a cup of hot cocoa than you do skiing.
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Snowboarding

Get your gear out of storage because it'll be snowboarding season soon enough. Sure, it might be a bit of an intense activity for an early date, but it's the perfect suggestion for your first weekend away together. We firmly believe that if you can survive a snow-filled face-plant together, you can survive anything.
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Ice Skating

The winter months don't have to put a damper on outdoor activity. After all, colder weather means plenty of cute date opportunities — like a turn around the ice rink.
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Fishing

If you can get away for a day (and you like fish), take a trip to the lake with your partner and draw the line. If neither of you have ever been fishing, it's a good chance to learn together (and maybe a little friendly competition).
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Play Pool

Who says you can't be active indoors? If you're looking for more of a typical date that's still gives you room for a bit of a workout (depending on how competitive you are), hit up a billiards bar.
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Go Swimming

If you and your partner need a way to beat the heat this summer, a lap or two at the pool is a pretty good bet. You’ll get a workout and cool off. Plus, the pool isn’t just for swimming: Recruit some friends for a double date complete with some volleyball or Marco Polo.
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Walking The Dog(s)

If you're going to be spending a lot of time around each other, it's probably a good idea to make sure your pooch is accustomed to your significant other. If you both have dogs, get them familiar with each other, too.

If neither of you have dogs but love 'em anyway, offer to walk a neighbor's dog or volunteer at a kennel.
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Gardening

It may not seem like much of a workout per se, but if you're looking for a creative date that involves a little more activity than usual, without making you work up too much of a sweat, this is a good one.
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Yoga

Go ahead and get into downward dog with your significant other — a little more flexibility can go a long way.
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Hiking

You and your partner can have a quiet moment to catch up and connect, whether it's on a nearby trail or something that requires a weekend getaway.
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Biking

The great thing about cycling with a partner is that it teaches you to be on the same page and to go at each other's paces — literally.
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Bowling

Not only is bowling active, it also brings a healthy dose of competition to the mix.
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Kayaking

Kayaking for one is great, but kayaking for two keeps you both in sync.
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Dancing

Salsa, ballroom, or swing: Pick your poison. Either way, the dance floor is a great place to get fit and intimate.
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Laser Tag

Whether you play on the same team or face off against each other, you'll be having too much fun to even notice that it's a workout.
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Go-Karting

Get your blood pumping with a friendly race or two.
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Skating

Skating gets your heart rate up, but not so much that you can't make room for a little conversation.
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Indoor Rock Climbing

Rock climbing can be intense, but indoor climbing gyms are a great way to get started. And who better to be your spotter than your significant other?
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Miniature Golf

Mini golfing is a classic date night activity for a reason — it's a no-pressure, playful way to get to know each other in a relaxed environment.
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Snorkeling

Chances are, if you're on vacation together, you're not going to want to spend the entire time lounging on the beach. Snorkeling is a fun way to stay active on a getaway for two.
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Take A Fitness Class Together

Sure, you can hit the gym and hop on the treadmills together, but trying something a little more interactive could be way more fun. Try a Zumba class or even a SoulCycle session.
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Surfing

If you're lucky enough to be near the beach at some point this summer, take full advantage of it by picking up a board and learning to surf with your S.O. Don't worry if you both end up paddling — the important thing is that you're together.
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The Water Park

If, however, you aren't near a beach, you can still enjoy a day in the water. Head to the nearest indoor water park with your S.O., channel your inner kid, and hop on those slides.
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