The Best Dating Apps for Health and Fitness Enthusiasts
Health and Fitness Dating Apps
Online dating isn't typically categorized as a healthy habit—after all, first dates usually involve a few rounds of drinks. Plus, one study suggested that Tinder users have a more negative body image than non-users.
But the potential reward of all that swiping sounds pretty great, so with being healthy being so "in", plenty of app creators have set out to appeal to the health-minded crowd. If you're ready to mingle and wellness is a priority, consider downloading one of these options.
Food preferences are an important factor when it comes to compatibility and Dine gets that. In addition to an ‘about you’ blurb and some stats, in your profile, you can add three restaurants you have your eye on. From there, potential matches can propose a date at one of your choices. So if Sweetgreen is your ideal date spot, you can lead with that and not feel weird about it. (Free, App Store)
MeetMindful bills itself as a conscious dating app. On your profile you can specify all the usual facts about yourself as well as some deeper stuff: your mantra, how you like to live mindfully (e.g. fitness, volunteering, meditation), how your friends would describe you, and more. (Free, App Store or Google Play)
Most people don’t get into the specifics of their workout regimen on their dating profile, which is what differentiates the Sweatt app from the usual suspects. Here, users input their favorite workouts, when and how often they exercise, and diet preferences. That means you’ll know if you’re looking at a potentially running buddy or fellow yogi before you decide how to swipe. (Free, App Store)
On Datefit, you'll input your favorite workouts, diet preferences, and other interests. Then you'll specify what you'd like to see in a match and how important it is to you. (E.g. It's very important to you to find someone who likes running, and you'd like to match with a vegetarian but the latter is low-priority.) You'll get new potential matches on the app every day, based on what your indicated interests and traits. (Free, App Store and Google Play)
For a non-niche option, try Badoo. It has a feature that lets you see who's around you and another that lets you video chat. Badoo also added a “lookalikes” feature that lets you find people who look like a celebrity. So if you’re seeking someone fit maybe try scrolling through Dwayne Johnson doppelgängers. (Free, App Store and Google Play)
(Hey, if you can't date The Rock, you can at least train like him.)
If you've ever thought about picking up someone at your gym but would never interrupt someone's workout, consider trying Happn. The app shows you other users you’ve passed by and where, so you could theoretically find someone who frequents your favorite workout spot. The app also has a "See You There" feature meant to facilitate IRL meet-ups. You can use it to let the person you're chatting with know you're up for an activity in the next six hours, including "go for a run" or "go for a walk." (Free, App Store and Google Play)
Meetup helps you find events in your area sorted in categories including dance and health and wellness, so it's perfect if you're sick of one-on-ones. It’s not a dating app per se, but some meetups are specifically for singles. Even if you don’t find The One, you'll meet people in your area and do something active. (Free, App Store and Google Play)