Revealed: Football, rugby among the most attractive interests to hold

Women want a well-travelled fitness fanatic who loves the theatre. Apparently.

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Football is among the most attractive sports Photo: gus_estrella/Flickr

Women want a well-travelled fitness fanatic who loves the theatre, whilst men desire a cosmopolitan photographer with a passion for exercise, according to new research.

Experts at relationship site eHarmony.co.uk analysed millions of communications between members and found that men who list travelling, exercise, theatre, dancing and cooking receive the most interactions from women online.

Outdoor interests, politics, pets, photography and watching sport make up the remainder of the top ten most attractive interests.

For women, exercise is the most desirable pastime, followed by photography, travel, art and dance. Politics ranked at number six, followed by outdoors interests at seven, cooking at eight and learning and music at numbers nine and 10 respectively.

Exercise scores in the top two most attractive interests for both sexes – with men finding women with a love of football the most appealing. This is followed by swimming and sweating it out at ‘military style’ boot camps.

When thinking about men, women deemed rugby the most attractive workout, followed by tennis and football.

Most attractive interests for men to list on their profile

1) Travelling
2) Exercise
3) Theatre
4) Dancing
5) Cooking
6) Outdoor interests
7) Politics
8) Pets
9) Photography
10) Watching sport

Most attractive interests for women to list on their profile

1) Exercise
2) Photography
3) Travelling
4) Art
5) Dancing
6) Politics
7) Outdoor Interests
8) Cooking
9) Learning
10) Music

“The research shows that both sexes are looking to satisfy their need for certainty in knowing that a future partner takes an interest in looking and feeling good – hence exercise rating so highly,” said relationship expert Sloan Sheridan-Williams.

“Likewise, a passion for travel fulfils the need for variety, connection and growth whilst a love of the theatre or photography is indicative of creative spirit. In an era where singles are time poor, our interests work as indicators – revealing our overall approach to life and love.”

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