5 of the Best Health and Fitness Magazines

The maintenance of health and well-being is vital for so many today. We don’t all have the opportunity to hire a personal trainer or nutritionist to provide the necessary heath tips or advice needed. There are several informative magazines that can provide the same health information and guidance you would receive from a professional. The top 5 recommended magazines for health and wellness are outlined below.

Prevention Magazine is one of the most informative magazines published for health and wellness. It provides you with healthy solutions an individual can follow realistically. There are articles that reference everything from types of vitamins to take daily to tips for healthy weight loss. Simple and easy to follow healthy recipes are provided in every monthly issue as well. In addition to the great health tips, Prevention magazine also has created a new and informative publication entitled “Advancing Suicide Prevention”. This is a bimonthly magazine that addresses issues that plauge so many today. One of the leading causes in the death of the elderly is suicide due to depression. It is often left untreated and undiagnosed and thus has caused it to be the highest rate for suicide among the elderly. Prevention Magazine has provided many with advice and guidance that they may not have sought out otherwise. The magazine is such a great resource that you can often find it in physician offices available to read while waiting to see a doctor. If you are searching for a complete guideline for health, Prevention Magazine is always a great resource.

Shape Magazine is an inexpensive fitness publication that has been around since 1981. It’s focus is the female population and has proven to be a great source for safe and effective work out tips and weight loss advice. Another feature in addition to fitness, is the Beauty and Style section. There are many topics discussed such as essential skincare tips, how to maintain healthy hair, and suncare. Topics that women find vital to everday functionality. Healthy eating is also discussed and foods that “assist” woman with the various changes in life are outlined as well. One example is Soy. Many soy based products are pictured throughout and are discussed as to how they can be beneficial to maintain health and be a source for relief with hormonal changes many woman may experience. Overall, Shape is an informative magazine that woman will find useful or many reasons not just fitness.

Men’s Health is a magazine that focuses primarily on men with relation to fitness, relationships, nutrition, weight loss, and overall health. It’s a guide that men find useful without having to visit a gym. There are intriguing articles like ” 6 weeks to a 6-pack” that spark the interest of many. The topic of Sex is often written about as well. You can find articles like “Is she satisfied”, that help men to assess their personal relationships. While these articles may interest some, most can find that the magazine focuses on Health and Wellness. Home gym equipment is often outlined and the types of weights that can be used for certain body types, result types as well as proper technique are discussed. There are also books suggested for reading such as ” Eat this, not that, The Best & Worst Foods in America”. Despite what some may think, this magazine also has a “soft side” Topics such as What we get from giving are published to get men to see the gratification of giving vs. receiving. It also outlines how volunteering improves self-esteem, boosts your health and even makes you more attractive to women. Not bad for $1.49 per issue (on-line subscription)!!

Children’s Health Magazine is a derivative from the publishers of Men’s Health Magazine. The main goal of this magazine is to raise awareness of many issues that today’s youth are faced with. Obesity among children in America is an increasing problem. There is a real need for fitness and health advice that help parents to understand the severity and solution to this and many other problems.

The first issue of this magazine is due to be on stands September 15, 2009. The first lady, Michelle Obama will grace the cover as an advocate for children’s health. It is vital for America’s children to get started towards a healthier lifestyle and this magazine will allow parents the ability to take better care of their children’s minds and bodies.

Women’s Health magazine is the 5th most recommended magazine. Similar to Men’s Health Magazine, it outlines information specific to women. There is a vast array of topics and features. The fitness topics discussed always outline safe ways to work out and provide pictures of positions as a guide. Nutrition is of course another major topic discussed as women are always looking to gain insight on the latest “food raves or diets”. Because this magazine is so informative, it is difficult to pin point each area. You can be assured, however, that everything you need to know about fitness and health will be found in this magazine.

Health and Fitness Failure Is a Choice

I’m sure everyone has heard the old saying, “Failure is not an option”. Usually it involves some type of spy or military action movie where the hero has declared that the characters must win at all cost. In life, especially in the area of fitness, however, failure is an option. That is you do have a choice to give up or keep going from wherever you find yourself in your journey to health and fitness.

Failure occurs the moment you quit trying to succeed whether it’s fitness, business, sports, or anything in life a person might strive to achieve a certain goal. Quitting any goal removes all hope that you will ever achieve that goal. As long as you keep moving forward toward a goal no matter what the odds are against you, you retain the hope of success.

Take away hope, and you take away a person’s will and chance at happiness. The hope or promise of something better makes today all the more enjoyable. Don’t get discouraged if you try and fail to lose weight, build muscle, ran that mile faster, or whatever your goal is. As long as you get up every morning with that goal still in your heart and mind, and you keep putting one foot in front of the other toward that goal you haven’t failed yet. The quitter is the only one who we can say has truly failed. The person that chooses to stop trying, chooses to accept failure.

Considering how vital hope is to the individual, it’s important to make smaller short term goals to go along with long term goals. Seeing success at any level does wonders to motivate and keep us going toward our more long term difficult goals down the line, and it’s much easier to reach those small steps than the ones much farther away.

Proverbs 13:12 KJV

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

While fitness takes a lot of resolve and determination sometimes, don’t make it out as an all out war all the time. Having a warrior’s mentality toward fitness isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but for the sake of not getting burned out, try to keep it fun along the way.

Switch out to different exercise programs from time to time to keep things fresh even if they don’t necessarily directly correlate with your specific fitness goals. Having a wide variety of exercises and fun things to do make it a lot easier to be fit overall. There’s a million things a person can do to live a fit life and have fun at the same time. Go walking, bike riding, swimming, play sports, toss a Frisbee, play with your dog, chase the kids, mow the lawn, garden, run, lift weights, chop wood, etc.

Just whatever you do, don’t stop. The same thing goes for eating right. If you jump off the wagon and eat ice cream one day, that’s no big deal. Just start again the next day, or the very next meal, eating healthy again. Besides, occasionally eating something fattening is fine, but just as I recommend in my book, Common Sense Biblical Approach to Health and Fitness, don’t bring unhealthy things home. Make drinking a coke, or eating ice cream something you do only on a special occasion. Junk food you take home usually comes in larger quantities, and, once you have it opened, the temptation to keep eating it will be too great. A serving or two once a week, is one thing, but all day, and part of the next is way too much.

Still even if you mess up a whole day, or even a week don’t quit, just get started again. As I’ve said before, the best way to eat right is not bring junk food home period. Make home a junk food free zone.

In the end, failure is never final, and not even a reality until or unless you allow it to be. As long as you purpose in your heart to keep trying, and mean it, then failure is truly not an option.