15 Health and Fitness Magazines That Want to Publish Your Work

15 Health and Fitness Magazines That Want to Publish Your Work

There are a lot of people out there who might be interested in reading health magazines.

Who doesn’t want to be healthier? As of 2018, 20% of Americans have a gym membership, with the $30 billion health and fitness industry showing no signs of stopping, according to Forbes

A wide array of health and fitness magazines target health-conscious readers and are looking for articles on healthy living practices.

15 health and fitness magazines to consider pitching

Below are 15 health magazines that cover everything from fitness and nutrition to holistic medicine, spirituality, and living with challenging health conditions.

1. IDEA Publications

The IDEA Health and Fitness Association has four publications targeting fitness professionals including personal trainers, fitness instructors and 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 includes 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.

While the site does not specify pay rates, it does confirm it will pay “within 60 days of final acceptance.”

2. 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.

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

3. Healthy Living Magazine

Healthy Living Magazine covers the full gamut from health and anti-aging to beauty and parenting content. While it doesn’t include specific pay information on its site, varies based on the department; amount of editing required; and pageviews.

4. 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 ranges from $100-$300.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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 per 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.

8. 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. Back issues are available online.

9. The Health Journal

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

Writer guidelines are available online. The Health Journal told TWL that pay rates “vary based on experience and skill level” and that the publication is “always looking for fresh voices.”

10. 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.

11. 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.

Its guidelines say it will pay up to $500, depending on the type of piece submitted. 

12. 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.

13. The Aquarian

The Aquarian is a Canadian print publication that publishes the first week of March, June, September and December. It focuses on “holistic health (natural, complementary, alternative) and progressive environmental, social, cultural, political and spiritual issues” to “shed new light on the path to greater meaning.”

While its pay rates vary, its newspaper article rates typically range from $25 to $50 and online articles from $10 to $25.

14. Eating Well

EatingWell is a national food magazine publishing 10 times a year that focuses on healthy eating, from the standpoints of cooking, nutrition science and food network-related social issues. It pays up to $1 per word.

15. Mother Earth Living

Mother Earth Living focuses on maintaining a healthy, environmentally conscious lifestyle in the home. While it doesn’t list specific payment information, Mother Earth does pay upon publication.

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

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22 comments

  • Thanks for the information! I also write articles about health and fitness and I really want them published as well.

  • Great post, so do I simply just submit my articles to the editor?

  • Lia Andrew says:

    Thanks for sharing your blog with us, I am also a fitness freak and love to eat always healthy. And the tips you have shared with us is amazing. Keep sharing like this.

  • 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~

  • 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.

  • MD Kawsar says:

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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!!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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. 🙂

  • Awesome content, Kristen.

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

    Thanks again, Kristen.

  • 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.

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