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Should you get hot and sweaty on a first date?

We all know that first dates are about making a good first impression—and for many of us, that involves things like brushing our hair, zipping our flies, and not sweating through our shirts. Which is why I was baffled when online dates started proposing that we do something physically vigorous for our very first encounter.

Sure, part of me appreciates a break from the tired dinner-and-drinks formula. Plus, research suggests that activities that elevate the heart rate can boost attraction. But let’s be honest—whether it’s running or rock climbing, exercising can get pretty damn intimate pretty fast. Is it really the path to romance?

For this episode of SWIPED, our new series about online dating etiquette, we ask the experts: Is it a good idea to get hot and sweaty on a first date?

Have questions of your own? Shoot them my way at sexandlife@fusion.net. And check out Fusion’s special The Search for Sexy for more on how we date today.

Should you get hot and sweaty on a first date?

We all know that first dates are about making a good first impression—and for many of us, that involves things like brushing our hair, zipping our flies, and not sweating through our shirts. Which is why I was baffled when online dates started proposing that we do something physically vigorous for our very first encounter.

Sure, part of me appreciates a break from the tired dinner-and-drinks formula. Plus, research suggests that activities that elevate the heart rate can boost attraction. But let’s be honest—whether it’s running or rock climbing, exercising can get pretty damn intimate pretty fast. Is it really the path to romance?

For this episode of SWIPED, our new series about online dating etiquette, we ask the experts: Is it a good idea to get hot and sweaty on a first date?

Have questions of your own? Shoot them my way at sexandlife@fusion.net. And check out Fusion’s special The Search for Sexy for more on how we date today.

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