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