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Staying fit could help you find love

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Exercise gets the blood flowing (Picture: Ella Byworth)

Being fit is attractive. And we don’t just mean in terms of your body – there is something innately attractive about people who are energetic, active and take care of themselves.

Being physically strong and capable in your body helps to build confidence and self-assurance, which are both attractive qualities. So if you’re looking for love – maybe the first place to start is the gym.

Unique dating website, My Friend Charlie, has launched a new programme to help singles find love through weekly running bootcamp dates. Singles meet in Hyde Park for a serious session of sweating and some flirting thrown in for good measure.

This may sound like your idea of hell, but organisers Tom and Charlie think fitness could be the perfect catalyst for finding love.

Personal trainer Tom met his fiance at a bootcamp, and is due to be married in a couple of weeks.

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‘Keeping fit and healthy puts us at the top of our game in every sense; it’s not just about aesthetics, but also how we actually feel both physically and mentally,’ Tom tells Metro.co.uk.

‘If you feel at your best, you’ll be filled with the fuel necessary to find your perfect match.’

(Illustration: Ella Byworth/Metro.co.uk)
(Picture: Ella Byworth/Metro.co.uk)

So is a sweaty bootcamp the perfect environment for love to blossom? They could be on to something.

A study from Pennsylvania State University found that exercise increases your sex drive and feelings of attractiveness. The study concluded that older women felt more attractive after four months of walking and regular yoga – even if they didn’t lose weight.

And don’t forget that working out increases blood flow… even down below. So a sweaty session in the gym with a potential lover could easily lead to an equally sweaty session between the sheets.

Charlie says the benefits of exercise are down to a combination of science and sociability.

‘Exercise releases endorphins into the body which trigger a positive feeling, reducing stress and giving an overall sense of wellbeing,’ Charlie tells Metro.co.uk.

‘If you’re turning up to a date feeling positive, then it’s more likely to go well.

‘Not only will regular exercise make you fitter, but it can also help with other things, like good posture. Even if you don’t feel 100% confident going into a date, standing up straight makes you appear more confident than you are.

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‘This combination of fitness and good posture is a great confidence boost which will come across to others.’

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(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

The perfect workout for a date

If you want to set up a sporty date of your own, it’s probably best to keep it simple to begin with.

This quick HIIT workout can be done in the gym or in the park, leaving you and your date plenty of time to get showered and head off for dinner.

15 minute workout pyramid 

25 x Bodyweight Squats

20 x Jump Lunges

15 x Push UPS

10 x Shoulder Taps

5 x Burpees

Rest 30-60s

Once you have completed the workout repeat for 15 minutes making you way down the ladder and increasing rounds completed.

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The bootcamp dates are a great idea if you like working out, but they may not appeal to everyone. It’s probably not a great idea to surprise a first date by taking them on a run – it’s unlikely to go down well.

But for fitness-keenos, Charlie says the concept is a winner.

‘The bootcamps are a brilliant, low-stress way of meeting new people with common interests. If you’re both interested in fitness and attend a dating event that reflects this, you’ve already got something to chat about.

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‘The conversation will inevitably flow more easily, preventing any unnecessary dating disasters.’

The weekly bootcamp in Hyde Park is £8 per session – if you end up meeting the love of your life, it’s a small price to pay.

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