But as a consumer, I have to say, I’m really getting annoyed with the predictable, formulaic content in each and every issue, regardless of the publication.
There’s seriously nothing new out there, and they’re all the same!
True, sometimes we hear about new health/fitness studies. But they’re usually bullets or side-bars, not full-on analyses. Nothing in-depth.
Each of these magazines dish the same topics about beauty, fashion, fitness, food, sex … just rehashed in different ways.
Their covers scream unrealistic things like,
-Get bikini ready now!
-Lose your love handles in four days!
-Drop 20 lbs this month!
-20 ways to cut 200 calories!
-So-and-so celeb tipped the scale at X (a ridiculously low weight anyway) and lost 10 lbs!
I buy them, I read them, I fall victim to them. Why? I’m always hoping to find a new nugget of wisdom. There’s that glimmer of hope that I’ll discover something new.
(SELF is my probably my favorite of the bunch; it’s also where I first learned the expression “disordered eating” which led to the creation of my blog, when I realized that, indeed, was what I was!).
But for the most part, it’s the same old, same old in these pubs.
Blogging has taught me about creating unique content, at least most of the time. Sometimes I link to another great blog, or review a new food find, or share an article I’ve read. But for the most part, I try to be original.
I don’t have any solutions to offer, it’s just an observation (and an obvious one, I realize). These magazines help my time on the Precor with arms fly by, so for that, they’re valuable.
But I can also see how they could influence body image, and there’s risk in that for people already suffering from poor body image. Sometimes these magazines can boost our confidence with success stories of overcoming challenges, disabilities, etc.
I personally admire the figures of the models shown in those magazines vs. fashion magazines (fitness models are usually fit, toned, lean).
But all too often, we see air-brushed celebs whose bodies are just unrealistic and unattainable, and hearing how so-and-so eats anything she wants and doesn’t work out and still weighs less than my left leg … well, that just doesn’t help anyone (nor is it a healthy lifestyle to flaunt!)
The bottom line is that most days, I can’t help but feel like it’s Groundhog Day when I pick up one of these magazines.
I’m not quite ready to ditch the magazines yet (hell, I’ve already paid for the year subscription!), but I’m definitely leaning that way … and likely won’t be renewing my subscriptions.
How about you? Do you have a favorite publication? A recommendation for me to try? Have you given up on fitness/fashion magazines yet?