How to Get Published by 19 Health and Fitness Magazines

How to Get Published by 19 Health and Fitness Magazines

It’s easy for writers to see there are a lot of people out there who might be interested in reading about the latest in healthy living.

Who doesn’t want to be healthier? In 2014, 63 million Americans went to a gym or health club, and in the same year, the clubs they attended generated $24.2 billion in revenue.

A wide array of publications target health and fitness-minded readers, and these are perfect places for a writer to land articles on her or his favorite healthy living practices.

Below are 19 health and fitness publications that cover everything from fitness and nutrition to holistic medicine, spirituality, and living with challenging health conditions.

Keep these markets in mind when looking to place articles with a wellness bent.

1. IDEA Publications

The IDEA Health and Fitness Association has four publications targeting fitness professionals including personal trainers, fitness instructors, health and wellness professionals: IDEA Fitness Journal, IDEA Trainer Success, IDEA Fitness Manager, and IDEA Pilates Today.

Check out the author guidelines and submit a query that addresses why your article is important, why you’re the right person to write it, a brief outline of what you’ll cover, and an explanation of how you’ll include “practical how-to information” within the article.

The site does not specify pay rates.

2. Men’s Fitness

Men’s Fitness in Australia is looking for articles on exercise, health, training, nutrition, and sports. The magazine covers everything from cars to travel to sex, so most writers will find an area they’d like to cover. The magazine encourages potential authors to read and reread the magazine before sending in a 200-word overview of your story idea.

The site doesn’t provide specific pay information, but it does provide comprehensive author guidelines.

3. Inside Fitness Magazine

Qualified industry professionals can pitch their ideas to Inside Fitness Magazine. This Canadian publication covers everything from training to food and nutrition and other topics.

The magazine’s website offers more information for contributors, but is mum on pay rates.

4. Healthy Living Magazine

Healthy Living Magazine covers the full gamut from health and anti-aging to beauty and parenting content. Pay varies for different departments and can range from $10 to $160 per piece based on the department, amount of editing required, and pageviews.

For example, the base rate for a short recipe along with photography is $25 while a feature that doesn’t require much editing can earn up to $160. Writer guidelines and a pay rate chart are available on Healthy Living’s website.

5. Yoga Journal

With 75 percent of Yoga Journal freelance written (according to Writer’s Market), this nine-times-a-year publication offers many opportunities to write yoga-related stories, including travel, how-to, interviews and more.

The publication encourages writers to avoid New Age and buzzword-type language. It offers guidelines and typically pays $800-2,000 for articles, buying up to 60 pieces a year.

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6. Vibrant Life

This bimonthly lifestyle magazine “promotes physical health, mental clarity, and spiritual balance from a practical, Christian perspective.” The publication looks for everything from exercise and nutrition articles to interviews, self-help, environmental stewardship, spiritual balance, and family-related articles.

Payment typically ranges from $100-$300.

7. Radish

This magazine focuses on “healthy living from the ground up” and covers natural foods, products, and services in Illinois and Iowa with a focus on healthy, sustainable lifestyles.

Radish typically pays $50-150 per article.

8. Whole Life Times

Freelancers write most of the articles that appear in Whole Life Times, a magazine that targets the holistic community. It addresses everything from natural health to yoga, spirituality, the environment, and “anything that deals with a progressive, healthy lifestyle.”

Whole Life Times is based in Southern California and wants local angles. The writers guidelines specify pay of $35-$125 for shorter stories and $75-$150 for longer ones; Who Pays Writers reported one person making 13 cents per word.

9. Fitness

Readers of Fitness are typically women in their 20s and 30s who are interested in fitness and healthy lifestyles. The publication focuses on workouts, diets, beauty, and other topics.

Writer’s Market notes the publication pays $1 a word or more and buys 60-80 nonfiction pieces a year in addition to 30 or so columns.

Who Pays Writers reported the magazine paid one writer $1.60 per word for an article.

Ed. note: Fitness and Shape have merged, which may mean changes to pay rates for Fitness online.

10. Men’s Health

You don’t have to be a man to write for Men’s Health. You just have to get the publication’s tone right, according to an article on The Freelancer about how to get published in the newsstand mag.

The Freelancer’s article interviewed editor Eric Spitznagel for his tips on getting into the publication, such as avoiding stories on celebrity fitness secrets and being prepared to turn pieces around quickly.

Spitznagel noted pay rates of $200-$400 for most stories, and a writer reported on Who Pays Writers they earned $2 per word from the magazine.

11. Poz

Poz’s audience is the HIV+ community, but it accepts submissions from any qualified writer, regardless of HIV status. Topics cover everything from treatments to nonprofits to people living with the condition, among a wide range of other topics.

While Poz doesn’t cite specific pay rates on its website, back issues are available online.

12. The Health Journal

This magazine covers a wide range of topics related to health, fitness, and wellness, including parenting, senior health, natural healing.

Writer guidelines are available online and pay generally ranges from 8 cents per word for web-only content to 15 cents per word for print content.

13 Runner’s World

While Runner’s World doesn’t publish a ton of freelancer-generated content, it does accept submissions. Your best bet is to submit pitches for the specific sections the online guidelines mention are best for freelancers to break in with, including “What it takes to…”, Rave Run, and Life & Times.

The site doesn’t mention specific rates for print articles, though it does note that web content doesn’t generally pay, so keep that in mind while pitching.

14. Cure

Health writers, especially those with experience writing about cancer, may wish to pitch Cure, which focuses on people with the disease. The publication requires a medical writing background and offers specific writing guidelines covering everything from queries to fact-checking procedures.

Freelancewriting.com reports pay at $1 per word for print and 50 cents per word for web content.

15. Fit Pregnancy

Pregnant women are the target market for Fit Pregnancy, which covers health, nutrition, exercise, psychology, and other topics related to pregnancy.

While the magazine doesn’t offer a lot of specific information about guidelines or pay, it does offer some basic information for writers looking to land a story with the publication.

16. Women’s Health

Women looking for content on health, fitness, love, food, style, and more read Women’s Health.

One writer told Who Pays Writers they earned 67 cents per word writing for the magazine.

17. Shape

Shape has articles about everything from food emojis to workout secrets, to fancy PB&J recipes and more.

Who Pays Writers reports the magazine paid one writer 20 cents per word for a piece.

18. Spirituality & Health

Writers looking to cover topics ranging from Eastern philosophy to mainstream religion to social justice and wellness-related issues can pitch Spirituality & Health.

While its guidelines don’t specify payment rates, Who Pays Writers reported a rate of $1.33 per word.

19. Natural Awakenings

Natural living and sustainable lifestyle topics are the focus of this publication, which especially seeks to provide facts and statistics that will keep readers engaged. Additionally, it is looking for global briefs and health briefs in addition to regular articles.

Specific rates are not mentioned on the website.

What’s your favorite health or fitness publication? Have you submitted any pitches to them?

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19 comments

  • Susan says:

    Great post! Just what I needed as I am hoping to start freelance writing in this very space. I plan to create a website with articles of my own to use to show my writing style on health and fitness.

  • Awesome content, Kristen.

    The list is spectacular. Thanks for bringing them all together.

    Thanks again, Kristen.

  • Jeffrey Hill says:

    Thanks for the compilation! Definitely plenty places on this list I’ve yet to pitch. It’s a great niche and can be very rewarding work. 🙂

  • Thanks for the list, Kristen! I’ve got a few health articles up my sleeve (I’m going to India this fall and will be living in a house where they teach martial arts!) and so these will definitely come in handy.

    Rebekah

  • Great list! One thing to keep in mind — Fitness isn’t actually in print anymore. They still have a team updating with web content but their print side has been incorporated into Shape magazine. So if you’re pitching, make sure to choose a headline+format that’s geared toward the web vs a print magazine!

  • Thank you for sharing this information. I’ve been struggling with cold pitching and finding the best niche for my knowledge and interests. I got a couple of great ideas from your post. I love how freelancers take the time to help other writers. It’s so refreshing after the dog eat dog world of corporate accounting I left a couple of years ago.

  • Alison says:

    Thanks so much for this list! As a newbie I am really having a hard time finding work and this article is gold!

  • Vibrant Life, Fitness, Men’s Health, The Health Journals, Cure Today, Women’s Health and Spirituality Health are seven picks that have made it to my wish list. I write every day more words than can be paid for, so I will just pitch to these seven and build my agency around them. I am blogging at the Writers Revolution and will be publishing my agency’s first issue on Research Market, not market research. So I hope to find more people to work with.
    Thanks.

  • Nikita Ross says:

    Hey Kristen,

    Thanks for this list! I’m new to the freelancing industry and am in the progress of launching my health and fitness related blog. I’m sure these resources will come in handy!

    Cheers.

  • Shay-lon says:

    Thank you so much for posting this list! I needed this, I am fitness and health blogger and have my degree in this field, so I am very happy I was able to find this post! if anyone or yourself have anymore fitness/health magazines or sites that anyone knows of, I would be most appreciative of it! thank you!!!

  • Ashri Mishra says:

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful blog .I liked the way that you wrote and presented this information.

  • KN Suresh says:

    It is really awsome Kristen, I,am a practioner of yoga and and giving tips to lot of friends and families about yoga,health and fitness,I thought of sharing my experience in writing articles as a freelancer and the information provided by you is of the great help to me to start with and submitting I,articles and sharing my experiences .Once again thank you very much.

    • Uma says:

      Have you started publishing your articles, Suresh? I would like to subscribe to your newsletters because am a Yoga advocate 🙂 . Please let me know. Thank and I wish you a very healthy life.

  • MD Kawsar says:

    Great post. I really enjoyed your blog. Thanks for sharing a nice post.

  • I am also a guest blogger and author on various health and fitness blogs but right now I am building my social presence and working out to build a strong author profile before outreaching some of the giants in the industry.

  • Tiffany says:

    These articles are so helpful!!! Thank you! Also, as a new writer I’m curious if you have advice as how to tactfully inquire with publications that don’t post pay for freelance articles about pay. Should this occur in an initial email or after a pitch has been accepted. Women’s Health is a great example. They don’t even have a spot to learn about article pitches/submissions on their site – never mind pay.
    Thanks for any info.
    Tiffany~

  • Nice read!

    just found two more blogs who accept guest posting:

    https://fitnessreport.com/write-for-us/

    https://gymconsulting.com/write-for-us/

    Best of luck!

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