I do! Women are conflicted with these types of questions EVERY TIME we walk by a magazine stand or open our mailbox to the newest issue we subscribe to. The magazines that I receive are outlined below, along with my opinion of the validity of its content:
- Clean Eating magazine is highly recommended as an excellent resource for anyone learning how to clean up their diet and make healthy food choices.
- Runner's World is a fabulous resource for runners of all levels. Every issue offers solid advice on running technique, shoes, and apparel.
- Fitness Magazine offers some pretty good advice on exercise and food suggestions. What I like about the information in this magazine are the quality of exercise suggestions and detailed information on how to accomplish each move. I believe the recipes and food suggestions aim toward overall healthy living, but do not offer long-term advice in any one area.
- Health magazine offers some good advice on how to look and feel pretty with respect to beauty tips and skin care. The rest of the information is based on fad diet and fitness trends that will, most likely, NOT meet your expectations because the advice cannot be followed long-term. I'm certain each issue is a bit different and mileage may vary.
- Family Circle is geared toward families, entertaining, decorating, fashion, and recipes. The recipes vary, but seem to consistently concentrate on healthy foods and recipes.
- Women's Health offers some good recipes, but anyone avoiding sugar should be wary, relationship, and skin care information. Not much substance for exercise.
If I had to pick just one magazine to read . . . it would be a professional magazine that isn't even on the stand!! But my top consumer mag picks are Clean Eating and Runner's World as specified above.
Whether or not to follow the advice in a magazine is something we have to sort out individually. The most important thing to remember about following the advice in a magazine or any other publication is whether or not you can follow it long-term?
Additionally, be aware of your goals - if you're looking for a QUICK FIX on losing weight, look no further because THERE ISN'T ONE! Weight loss and living a healthy lifestyle take long-term effort.
Lastly, if there's ever a question about an exercise or proper technique be sure to get help from an exercise professional beforehand, rather than attempting it and ending up pulling a muscle or suffering from long-term pain and discomfort.
What are your favorite health and fitness magazines and Why?