My husband and I enjoy going to the bookstore where we can drink coffee and peruse magazines that we normally wouldn’t buy or don’t have time to read.
I often end up buying the magazine I’m looking at, especially if it’s one of the three below. I’ve found a lot of useful information in all of them and I hope you do too.
This bi-monthly magazine is geared toward fitness professionals and readers interested in achieving peak health and fitness through a natural approach. The focus is on a healthy body, rather than a beautiful body.
I’ve been looking at this magazine for a number of years, shortly after I started attending the boot camp class I’ve been taking the past six years. I first picked it up because I was looking for some extra tips on the exercises we were doing and liked the healthy focus. What I also like about it is that its articles are solidly based on research.
The Department of Weights and Measures, which gives tips on how to do various exercises and snippets of research is one of my favorite parts of the magazine. Are You Fit Enough? discusses how to train for specific goals. Performance Nutrition is about just what the title says – organic foods and research on nutrition and supplements and how they all interact with the body. Smart Training has longer articles on various training techniques, why to do them and how to do them properly. The Trainer’s Forum is written by three-time Mr. Olympia Frank Zane. This section is written for fitness trainers and offers them business help and tips on working with clients.
One thing I especially like about this magazine is that it features strong, well-toned women. However, one type of person I’d like to see more of here as well as in other magazines, is mature adults who are healthy, fit and toned, not just buff young adults.
The iconic running magazine is for a general audience that has a wealth of information on its website and in the print magazine. Regular features include Personal Best, helping runners cope with issues such as mental blocks and fueling for a race. Newbie Chronicles is something all runners will appreciate as they either go through, or reminisce, their early running days.
No doubt many people pick up the magazine to read the Race Spotlight, listing races throughout the country and world.
I don’t know how I managed to miss this magazine. Maybe the bookstore never carried it before but I only just recently picked up a copy there. According to their mission statement, they’re about “empowering people to become their best, healthiest selves and supporting their enjoyment of a balanced, sustainable, deeply satisfying way of life.” That’s my kind of magazine. I’m at a point in my life right now that I’m looking for a balance and joy. Including meditation and spirituality into the mix of healthy eating and body fitness is an important part of the magazine for me.