You know those classic rom-com scenes where the woman is taking her morning run through the park, and she just happens to trip over herself and fall into the shirtless, good-looking dude who is also out in the park for his morning run?
Just think; that could be you.
It happens all the time, right? If you’re a woman, all you have to do is forget to tie your shoes and start running.
If you’re a guy, all you have to do is pop your shirt off and wait for some woman to casually fall into your arms.
It’s the perfect equation for love. Call me Cupid.
Okay, let’s get back to reality. This never actually happens in real life. And if it did, then your name must be Chance and your wife’s name must be Lucky.
While your daily workout routine may not lead you directly to the love of your life, it can have a profound impact on your dating life in a variety of ways.
1. Stop Swiping, Start Running
Rather than exercising your thumb with a swipe right and swipe left on your trusty dating app, try something new. Sign up for a running club, a yoga session or a workout class at your local gym.
And I’m not talking about being the creepy dude in the back of the yoga class who whispers, "I’m an expert at downward dog."
I’m talking about putting yourself in a social setting where you may meet someone new.
Plus, you immediately know you and this person already share a common interest of fitness.
2. It’s A Social Experience
By signing up for a workout class or joining a local gym, you are automatically putting yourself in a social setting where you have the chance to interact with people around you.
If you work at home eight hours a day, and the other eight hours you’re just swiping through your trusty dating app, your physical and in-person interactions can be extremely limited.
While you may not meet someone new to take on a date within a fitness class or workout group, the fitness setting can allow you to increase your social interaction by conversing with people you’ve never met before.
This will make you more comfortable while talking with someone on a first date.
3. Shows Commitment
Starting a new diet or fitness plan and staying with it shows the person you're dating, or wanting to date, that you have the willpower and determination to commit to something.
Staying consistent with your fitness routine shows the other person you’re not a quitter.
If you’re able to dedicate yourself to exercise or eating healthy, your significant other will know you have the ability to also commit yourself to a relationship.
4. The First Date
The first thing that pops into most of our heads when we think "first date" is dinner and a movie.
It’s simple and classic, but what about doing something different? What about doing something that incorporates some type of exercise or physical activity?
Rather than dinner and a movie, go on an early morning or afternoon hike, take a beginner’s boxing class, rent some bicycles, take a cooking class or go paddle boarding together.
By incorporating some sort of fun, physical activity into a first date, you can surprise him or her and have more than just a typical first encounter.
You can create a memory you can both look back on and laugh about together.
5. Looking Good
We all want to think we aren’t shallow in any sense of the word, and we only care about someone’s inner beauty, right?
But, let’s be real: Being physically attracted to someone and being physically appealing to another person plays a large role in the dating realm.
If it didn’t, you women wouldn’t be flocking to see the Adonis-like bodies in "Magic Mike XXL," and I wouldn’t be running to the newest "Avengers" movie just to see Scar-Jo flipping around in a skin-tight, leather jumpsuit.
Being attracted to one another is important in a relationship. Starting to exercise or changing your nutrition can help you lose some unwanted weight, or it will simply assist in maintaining your current physical state.
Keeping yourself in shape also shows the other person you care about your health and understand the importance of maintaining your physical well-being.
You don’t have to look like one of the Hemsworth brothers or have that Kardashian ass, but keeping yourself in shape can make you appealing in more ways than one.
6. More Confidence
Going along with improving one’s physical state, fitness can also improve your mental state. Engaging yourself in physical activity is going to make you feel better about yourself and the way you look.
Asserting confidence within yourself is going to make you more self-assured when approaching someone at a bar or going on that first date.
Confidence is an attractive quality, so it’s simple math: Increase your confidence, and increase your attractiveness.
Now, I know you only have two episodes left of "OITNB" and don’t want to leave your couch, but do you really want Netflix to be the only thing you can count on in your life?
Get up, dust off the running shoes and take a stroll through the outside world.
Just think: You may even elegantly trip and fall into the arms of your future husband. Do you really want to take a chance of missing out on that?
I didn’t think so.