So, do you run here often?

If you’re looking for a first date with destiny, propose a run. 

First dates often involve alcohol or popcorn (or, if you really want to impress, both), but a growing number of Brits are pulling on their trainers in search of love. In a study by sports company Decathlon, 65 per cent of respondents said they’d go on a date that involved sports or exercise, with more than a third favouring a hike over drinks or the cinema (running and cycling were also among the most popular activities).

The main reason was that an active date can help to break the ice. Joshua Gutteridge, team sports manager at Decathlon, says, ‘Exercise is proven to release endorphins, which can help to make us feel relaxed and increase self-esteem, and that can only be a good thing on a date.’ Lends a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘physical attraction’.

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