Fit, Single Women and Men: Stop Dating Couch Potatoes

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New fitness-themed online dating services help single women and men find others that share their lifestyle.

For many single women and men, living an active, fit lifestyle isn’t just a choice, but a way of life that involves a commitment of time, energy, and passion. Naturally, finding a relationship partner that shares similar priorities and interests is critical for compatibility, and many singles struggle to meet like-minded partners that share their commitment to fitness. Even with the help of broad, online dating services or personal ads, finding a mate with this specific qualification can be difficult.

Fortunately, for single women and men no longer willing to settle for “couch potato” partners, a new breed of thematic, more selective online dating services are proving popular. A far cry from the generic adult personals of yesteryear, these next generation services are helping health enthusiasts and others find compatible singles in a fun, private, secure environment. Websites such as are providing them with friendly, low-key venues to mingle, get to know each other, and decide how far to take the relationship.

Single women and men focused on fitness come in many varieties. They can be personal trainers or bodybuilders, but they can also be individuals who are interested in hiking, biking, running, surfing, yoga, or a myriad of other sports. They can be novice or pro. They might just enjoy working out at the gym daily. The common denominator is simply a passion for activity and physical fitness.

“I've checked out a few of the other ‘singles’ sites, and have met some people…but it's tough to find someone who is as into fitness as I am,” says Scott Thomas of St. Louis, who turned to Fitness Singles to find a mate. “I wanted to find someone who is active and will remain so after we get serious. Every long term relationship I've been in, the girl became rather inactive after a while and it affected her mind, body and soul.”

Work out enthusiast Tim O’Malley found his love interest through Fitness Singles. “It was like we had known each other for years,” says O’Malley. “We went to the gym together, had a killer workout; we have everything in common. We didn’t think falling in love was possible and can’t believe it happened to us.”

Site members like O’Malley learn each other’s top three fitness interests and skill levels (from novice to pro) along with other information in fun profiles, which are a fast, easy way to get acquainted and gauge initial compatibility.

At the service - where it is free to join, create/search profiles, and tease others via a “show interest” button - members may also search by age, location, fitness interest, or keyword within categories such as appearance, lifestyle, family life, or education/employment. Members provide just the info they’re comfortable with, adding a public photo or private photo gallery if they choose.

Beyond email, live audio and video instant messaging, and a Who’s Online feature, subscribers to Fitness Singles have the unique opportunity of seeing who viewed or saved their profile and contacting them at their discretion. The Who’s Seen Me feature, in particular, is a fun, low-key way to see who’s been checking out your profile. Other popular features include a Who’s New list and Top 25 lists by fitness category, gender, and overall.

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