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by Fit After Fifty

Share your story or expertise by becoming a Fit After Fifty contributor.

Interested in Contributing? Here’s What We’re Looking For

Topics

Fit After Fifty content inspires people to live their best lives past 50 and educates on topics related to health and fitness. We accept two different types of content: personal stories written by people over 50 who have improved their lives through an active and healthy lifestyle; and informative content written by experts or amateurs with an interesting fitness perspective or great tips about staying fit after fifty.

To see the different health- and fitness-related topics we cover, check the tabs at the top of our site.

Length

Content pieces should be between 500 and 1,200 words long.

Fresh Content

We’re looking for fresh content, meaning content that is both:

  • Original:
      • We will not accept content that you didn’t write yourself.
      • We will not accept work that you have previously published elsewhere. Making minor changes to the content does not make it original.
  • Unique:
    • We will not accept content on topics we have already covered on our site.

To ensure that your content is original and unique:

  • Browse our site to see what kind of topics we cover and what we’ve already written. Make sure the article you’re planning hasn’t been covered already.
  • Think about your own experiences, challenges, and perspectives. Oftentimes, your own story is the best content you have to share.
  • Reflect on current events. You may be the right person to bring insight to recent newsworthy topics.

Useful Advice

Your content should include useful, actionable advice that readers can apply to their own lives. This advice should be clear enough that readers don’t need to seek out additional information before taking it. Tips often comes in the form of numbered or bulleted lists.

Reliable Sources

Use only reliable sources, and try to use primary sources as often as possible. (For example, avoid sources such as Wikipedia, which isn’t always 100% accurate.) Cite any sources you use by including links to the specific pages where you found information.

Our Expectations

Before you submit your content piece, complete the following checklist to ensure it meets our expectations:

  • Proofread and fact check. We won’t accept content that’s full of grammatical or factual errors.
  • Review our style guidelines. We follow certain best practices to ensure that our writing is consistent and professional. Check your content against our style guidelines (located at the end of this page) before submitting it.
  • Cite your sources. If you include information that you found from a specific source, even if it is not a direct quote, link to that source. This will lend credibility to your writing and allow readers to find more information if they choose. Content that does not include links to sources may be stalled or rejected.
  • Support your argument. Don’t make any claims without backing them up. Use multiple examples to prove or illustrate each point.
  • Don’t promote yourself too much. While you can mention your skillset, book, and company to prove your expertise, you shouldn’t use the content as an opportunity to advertise yourself. Don’t include more than a couple links to your products or organization.
  • Include your author bio. This should include a headshot and a sentence or two about who you are and what you do.
  • Disclose your financial relationships. If you have any financial relationships with the people or companies you’re linking to or writing about, please let us know. Contributors cannot write about people or companies in exchange for money or sell links to them. Your article may be removed from our site, and you may be barred from contributing future pieces, if you violate this rule. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Our Review and Publication Process

Our process is simple: After submitting your content piece, you’ll hear back from us within a week. If your piece has been accepted, our editor will make any necessary grammatical revisions and schedule it for publication.

Because our content schedule is set in advance, your piece may not be published immediately after being accepted. We’ll let you know when you can expect it to go live and provide you with a link.

Fit After Fifty Style Guidelines

With a few exceptions, Fit After Fifty content follows the Associated Press (AP) Stylebook. While we don’t expect contributors to be familiar with AP Style, we do expect them to adhere to the following best practices:

  • Use the serial comma: “swimming, biking, and running.”
  • Place spaces around em dashes: “Learning to read maps and navigate by compass is not only a valuable backcountry skill — it’s fun, too!”
  • Don’t use double spaces after periods.
  • Place periods and commas inside ending quotation marks.
  • Only use single quotes for quotes within quotes and in headings where space is limited.
  • When including links, hyperlink the relevant text; don’t write out the full URL: “Find more information on our site.”
  • Try to limit paragraphs to three sentences. Large blocks of text are difficult for mobile users to read.
  • Subheadings (text that divides your content into different sections) should have parallel formatting.
  • Use title case capitalization in titles and headings: “Invest in the Right Gear.”
  • Don’t be repetitive. This applies to words, points, and themes.
  • Write out numbers under 10. Use numerals for numbers 10 and higher.
  • Write out acronyms upon first reference: “Total body resistance exercise (TRX) systems…”
  • Avoid using passive construction: “The researchers completed the study” instead of “The study was completed by the researchers.”
  • Avoid using dead construction: “You can choose from a variety of exercises” or just “Choose from a variety of exercises” instead of “There are a variety of exercises for you to choose from.”
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