Exercise serves as a mood-booster, stress reducer and disease fighter. Plus, it may be the key to finding a date. We analyzed 6.2 million interactions among our members to determine how much exercise plays a role in the online love search.
Unsurprisingly, those that workout more are more desired online – up to a point. Response rates were high women that worked out 3-4 times per week but dipped slightly for those that worked out every day. For men, response rates rounded off if they worked out more than two times per week. The takeaway? Singles want to meet those athletically-inclined but not the gym-obsessed.
It’s likely that frequent gym goers are more fit and therefore more physically attractive. Or perhaps working out more makes you a happier person, which also makes you more attractive. Another possibility? People that work out are looking for other like-minded people that share their love of fitness.
Connecting over a sports interest or activity is a great way to form a bond early on in your relationship and let potential suitors know what you are interested in (Not sure how to add an interest to your dating profile? We show you how here). But not all activities are created equal. We looked at an additional interest data of our members connected through Facebook to see which sports, athletes and teams were most popular. The results may surprise you:
Even though swimming and basketball were among the most liked sports by FirstMet.com users, their favorite athletes were tennis and soccer stars. Men were fans of Maria Sharapova and Anna Kournikova while women preferred Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham. Both genders also heavily favored international fútbol teams Real Madrid, Manchester United and FC Barcelona. So, if you are looking for love online, it might be worth it to tune into this year’s FIFA World Cup in June!
Commitment to fitness isn’t only a matter of willpower and dedication. Major factors like age, location, and income play a role. Even your marital status matters. For example, we discovered divorcees are rather active with 39% reporting that they work out more than three times per week. They are second only to those that have never been married.
It’s never too late to start exercising. However, singles are giving up the habit before they even turn thirty! Data from nearly 200,000 of our members shows there is significant drop off of people that work out every day around age 27. The number continues to decline into the early forties where the percentage of active singles falls to a depressing 10%. Interestingly enough, singles in their mid-forties are just as likely as singles in their mid-sixties and mid-seventies to work out every day.
A Price To Pay
Data also shows that exercise is an expensive habit. We examined 130,000 of our members’ profiles to determine if income affected a person’s likelihood of exercising. The more money someone made, the greater the likelihood that that person worked out more than three times a week.
So much so that singles that made over 150,000 over twice as likely as those that made under $80,000 to work out every day. People that made under $20,000 tended to be the least active, with 20% reporting that they never worked out. That makes sense given that the average monthly cost of a gym membership is $55 and 67% of people with memberships admitting they never use it.
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