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Take your picnic date to the next level -- literally. Hiking is a great way to work up a sweat, firm up your lower body, and bring you closer. Exercising outside increases feelings of revitalization and positive thinking, much more so than an indoor workout, according to a report published in Environmental Science and Technology. And if you're feeling adventurous, it can be a great way to add some spice to the sack, or sleeping bag, grassy knoll, babbling brook...you get the picture.
Set the Date: Make sure you're both comfortable with the trail. Suggesting a 5-mile trek into the woods alone might not be a good idea for a first date for new hikers. To get the most from your adventure, test out some hiking poles. They allow you to work your arms, shoulders, chest, and upper-back muscles through a functional range of motion, suggests trainer Marta Montenegro, adjunct professor of exercise and sports sciences at Florida International University. Not to mention, you'll look pretty hardcore.