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Published Monday Feb 03, 2020 by Erica Arvanitis

8 Dating Apps To Try Other Than Tinder

Personal Growth

With an endless stream of matches, messages, and GIFs (the best part, let’s be honest), it’s easy to get overwhelmed on dating apps. Not only that, but the anxiety presents itself in which dating app to download in the first place. Bumble? Tinder? Hinge? How do you pick what works best for you?  

Whether you’re looking for something casual, someone to grow old with, or a hot yoga buddy (pun intended), here are the best dating apps to help you find love, connection, or whatever else you want. 

Bumble

Perfect if: You want to make the first move.  

While society may teach women to wait for the first move, Bumble is all about putting the power in your pocket. Founded to challenge the old school rules of dating, Bumble empowers female users to shoot the first shot. Not only do they inspire authenticity by incorporating real users into their advertising (check out the #FindThemOnBumble campaign), but the CEO—Whitney Wolfe Herd—takes steps to make the app a safe and welcoming place. For example, after the stream of mass shootings in 2018, she officially banned any photos of guns on the app.

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Bumble

Perfect if: You want to make the first move.  

While society may teach women to wait for the first move, Bumble is all about putting the power in your pocket. Founded to challenge the old school rules of dating, Bumble empowers female users to shoot the first shot. Not only do they inspire authenticity by incorporating real users into their advertising (check out the #FindThemOnBumble campaign), but the CEO—Whitney Wolfe Herd—takes steps to make the app a safe and welcoming place. For example, after the stream of mass shootings in 2018, she officially banned any photos of guns on the app.

Hinge

Perfect if: You want a real connection.  

“Designed to be deleted,” Hinge finds you matches based on a questionnaire that pairs you with people who share common interests. Not only that, but you’ll interact with much more of a user’s profile on Hinge than you would on Bumble or Tinder. Whether it’s a funny quote they post, their favorite TV show, or a hilarious photo of them holding a puppy like a baby, you can engage with it all and even leave a comment to strike up a conversation. A thoughtful mix of Tinder’s swiping and Match’s relationship focus, Hinge is perfect if you’re ready to start thinking about dinner plans with someone new.  
 

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Hinge

Perfect if: You want a real connection.  

“Designed to be deleted,” Hinge finds you matches based on a questionnaire that pairs you with people who share common interests. Not only that, but you’ll interact with much more of a user’s profile on Hinge than you would on Bumble or Tinder. Whether it’s a funny quote they post, their favorite TV show, or a hilarious photo of them holding a puppy like a baby, you can engage with it all and even leave a comment to strike up a conversation. A thoughtful mix of Tinder’s swiping and Match’s relationship focus, Hinge is perfect if you’re ready to start thinking about dinner plans with someone new.  
 

Her

Perfect if: You’re queer and over heteronormative apps.  

An app “for queer womxn, by queer womxn,” Her is a safe space to find connections with bisexual, lesbian, queer, or gender non-conforming partners. More than just a dating app, Her is big on community, hosting events and parties in over fifteen cities across the country. Whether you want to expand your group of friends or match with someone new, use Her to help you find your person, whoever that may be. 

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Her

Perfect if: You’re queer and over heteronormative apps.  

An app “for queer womxn, by queer womxn,” Her is a safe space to find connections with bisexual, lesbian, queer, or gender non-conforming partners. More than just a dating app, Her is big on community, hosting events and parties in over fifteen cities across the country. Whether you want to expand your group of friends or match with someone new, use Her to help you find your person, whoever that may be. 

Sweatt

Perfect if: You’re looking for a swole-mate.  

If fitness is a part of your everyday life, it’s only natural you would want a partner who’s also active. Enter Sweatt. What makes this dating app different is the questions they ask, and how it’s set up. Users input their favorite workouts (bootcamp, cycling, yoga, dance, whatever), when and how often they work out, and nutrition preferences. With all that info, you’ll be well on your way to matching with your next running buddy, yoga partner, or whatever you’re looking for. Plus, there’s nothing like a good group fitness date. Download the Mindbody app to find a class near you (sweat together, stay together). 

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Sweatt

Perfect if: You’re looking for a swole-mate.  

If fitness is a part of your everyday life, it’s only natural you would want a partner who’s also active. Enter Sweatt. What makes this dating app different is the questions they ask, and how it’s set up. Users input their favorite workouts (bootcamp, cycling, yoga, dance, whatever), when and how often they work out, and nutrition preferences. With all that info, you’ll be well on your way to matching with your next running buddy, yoga partner, or whatever you’re looking for. Plus, there’s nothing like a good group fitness date. Download the Mindbody app to find a class near you (sweat together, stay together). 

Ship

Perfect if: You really trust your friend's judgment.  

On a mission to make dating fun again, the babes from Betches created Ship, an app that lets your friends swipe for you, which might not be the worst idea. Think about it: when you’re making a game-time decision of whether to swipe right or message someone, don’t you send a screenshot into the group chat anyway? Your friends know you, let them take over—and give your thumb a rest from all that swiping.  

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Ship

Perfect if: You really trust your friend's judgment.  

On a mission to make dating fun again, the babes from Betches created Ship, an app that lets your friends swipe for you, which might not be the worst idea. Think about it: when you’re making a game-time decision of whether to swipe right or message someone, don’t you send a screenshot into the group chat anyway? Your friends know you, let them take over—and give your thumb a rest from all that swiping.  

MeetMindful

Perfect if: You’re looking for a Zen partner.  

The conscious dating app, MeetMindful, is all about finding a deep, meaningful connection. On your profile, you can include the standard facts about yourself, while answering more in-depth questions as well, like your mantra, how your friends describe you, how you like to live mindfully through fitness, meditation, etc. MeetMindful’s founder, Amy Baglan, suggest that it’s actually super beneficial to do a quick meditation before heading out on a first date:  

“Before a first date, your mind can start running wild...Try sitting and meditating for 10 minutes. It can do wonders to calm that restless energy and get you back to a balanced state so you can show up as your authentic, amazing self.” If you don’t know which app to download, check out our list of self-care apps to add to your wellness routine!  

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MeetMindful

Perfect if: You’re looking for a Zen partner.  

The conscious dating app, MeetMindful, is all about finding a deep, meaningful connection. On your profile, you can include the standard facts about yourself, while answering more in-depth questions as well, like your mantra, how your friends describe you, how you like to live mindfully through fitness, meditation, etc. MeetMindful’s founder, Amy Baglan, suggest that it’s actually super beneficial to do a quick meditation before heading out on a first date:  

“Before a first date, your mind can start running wild...Try sitting and meditating for 10 minutes. It can do wonders to calm that restless energy and get you back to a balanced state so you can show up as your authentic, amazing self.” If you don’t know which app to download, check out our list of self-care apps to add to your wellness routine!  

Loosid

Perfect if: You’re livin’ a sober lifestyle.  

Not into “grabbing a drink” as your first date option? Check out Loosid, a supportive app for sober people either in recovery after battling addiction, or just looking to explore the alcohol-free scene. You can interact with the community, connect with like-minded people, find booze-free events, and there’s even an option to get help with a hotline if you’re struggling.  
 

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Loosid

Perfect if: You’re livin’ a sober lifestyle.  

Not into “grabbing a drink” as your first date option? Check out Loosid, a supportive app for sober people either in recovery after battling addiction, or just looking to explore the alcohol-free scene. You can interact with the community, connect with like-minded people, find booze-free events, and there’s even an option to get help with a hotline if you’re struggling.  
 

Meetup

Perfect if: You’re tired of boring coffee dates.  

While it’s not a dating app per se, Meetup does have some meetups specifically for singles. Whether you’re looking for a group that worships their Frenchies or you need a new trivia night, Meetup helps you find events in your area sorted into different categories like dance, health, business, or wellness. Even if you don’t find someone special, you can meet people in your neighborhood, build your network, or do something fun!  

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Meetup

Perfect if: You’re tired of boring coffee dates.  

While it’s not a dating app per se, Meetup does have some meetups specifically for singles. Whether you’re looking for a group that worships their Frenchies or you need a new trivia night, Meetup helps you find events in your area sorted into different categories like dance, health, business, or wellness. Even if you don’t find someone special, you can meet people in your neighborhood, build your network, or do something fun!  

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
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Erica Arvanitis
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About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you

While you’re at it, check out some Intro Offers near you that can help you get back to your cadence of hot yoga classes.

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!