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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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Wellness
Published Wednesday Oct 06, 2021 by Denise Prichard

What is Wellness?

Expert Advice
Wellness

To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.

Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.

If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.

Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.

Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.

Here’s what you all had to say.

Wellness is more important to you than ever

According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.

I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.

What wellness means to the pros

Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.

Here’s what they had to say.

“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights

“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center

“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio

“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates

Putting wellness into action

I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.

Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.

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Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.