The Weather Is Changing – Go Outside And Play


Everyone knows outside activities change as the weather is changing. If you’ve ever heard the saying “go outside and play” it was probably at a time during your youth. But who said kids are the only ones who get to have all the fun? The great thing about creating dates on Encounter is that they are not restricted to bars, restaurants, and coffee shops. Yes, those places are great, but now is the time to enjoy the outdoors, soak in some sunlight, and partake in various fun encounters where you can and your date can move about, get creative, and most of all, have fun together. Hitting the “Active” tab when creating a date will give you great suggestions for fun things to do in your area to get the adrenaline moving. We wanted to take a tip from Girls Gone Sporty as they shared a few suggestions as to what you can do for a fun outdoor adult activity.


Playground workouts

Who says playgrounds are just for kids? If you want to get a great workout in while enjoying the outdoors, there’s no better place to go than to your local jungle gym. Use the bars to perform pull-ups, dips, and modified pushups. Use the swings like suspension trainers to perform balance lunges and planks, and put those park benches to use just like you would a plyometric box — box jumps, step ups, and bounds will make your lower body burn.

Trail running

As things start to heat up outside, car exhaust, lawn mower clippings, and unshaded sidewalks can really turn your road run into a less-than-enjoyable experience. Instead of pounding pavement, opt to go off-roading. Not only will you be more likely to stay shaded, the uneven terrain and beautiful sights will keep you challenged and engaged.

Canoeing… or paddle boating

Yes, there’s an inherent thrill to hitting the lake in a motor boat for a day of skiing or wakeboarding. No one’s debating that. But for a more low-key experience (that’s also more affordable and appropriate for any skill level), head to your local river or lake and rent a canoe or paddle boat for the afternoon. Both options allow you to enjoy the sun and water while getting a workout in, but you’ll be having so much fun, you won’t even realize how hard you’re working!



Sand volleyball

Even if you’re uncoordinated, even if you haven’t touched a volleyball since middle school and even if you don’t have a net, now’s the time to grab a ball and some friends and head to your local sand volleyball court. Sand workouts burn more calories than workouts performed on solid ground, and with all the jumping, diving and running required, you’ll work up a sweat in no time. Plus, who doesn’t like having an excuse to get a little dirty now and then?


Cycling tours

A weekend bike ride is great, but a cycling tour? Even better! All over the country, cycling tour companies are popping up, offering bike ride experiences you’ll savor for years. These tours are essentially vacations filled with cycling, eating, sipping wine or beer and connecting with other cyclists. Search for tour companies in your area, or travel to join in adventures offered by companies like Getaway Adventures, located in the Napa Valley area or BikeQuest in the Texas Hill Country.



Not every outdoor activity has to be overly ambitious. When all you want to do is enjoy the outdoors from your own backyard, games like croquet are a must-have. Plus, it’s the type of game that’s every bit as fun for kids as it is adults, so you can get the whole family involved.


Before investing a ton of money in a windsurf board, it’s best to get started in this sport by borrowing or renting a board for a couple days. Windsurfing isn’t easy at first, and it will leave you sore in places you never imagined, but there’s nothing quite as exhilarating as catching a breeze in your sail and skating off across the waves, your hair blowing behind you.



Pretending that trampolines are just for kids is crazy talk. And while exercise videos would like to relegate adults to the mini-trampolines, I say “Go big, or go home!” Go ahead and indulge yourself by purchasing a trampoline for your home, or see if you can talk a trampoline-owning friend into letting you jump on hers. Either way, you’ll be surprised at how much fun you have while piking, flipping and twisting your way through a series of jumps.



If you’ve ever wanted to feel like a circus performer without having to deal with the carnie jokes, slacklining may be your new sport-of-choice. Kind of like tightrope walking right next to the ground, stringing up a slackline in your backyard will offer hours of balance-training entertainment. It may sound like a silly past time, but this sport is gaining traction and is popping up at extreme competitions around the world. Start now, and who knows? Maybe you could join the competitive ranks!


Disc golf

Regular golf is an expensive past time that, while rewarding, can be really hard to get the hang of! If the idea of golf draws you, but the cost puts you off, disc golf may be right up your alley. Most cities offer courses that are open (and free!) to the public, so all you need are the right discs and an open afternoon!

We always want you to take a chance and try something new on every Encounter you go on. Stay tuned for more great dating ideas, and check out the latest version of Encounter in the iOS App Store for free.

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