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Health and Fitness is a monthly magazine costing £3.80 per issue. I buy it from WH Smiths. It is a magazine that I don't buy every month. Instead I look to see what articles there are that month. I am interested in fitness in general but especially in running. With all Health and Fitness magazines subject area I would find I get a bit of information overload.
There is a double page contents in the front if the magazine. They do make it easy to find the articles featured on the front cover. There is a photo of the cover there with big numbers telling you which page to turn to.
The articles inside are about health and fitness in quite a wide interpretation. There is a beauty page for instance. This tends to feature buying suggestions that are in the mid to high end of the price spectrum. There are sime articles on mental health not just physical health although the physical is uppermost. There is always lots if exercise instructions. The models demonstrating these are all perfectly slim, and apparently managing to do their workouts with perfect hair and a full face of make up. This could be a bit off putting. Nevertheless the magazine is good at showing how to do the exercises.
I like to try the recipes in the magazines. These cone with a nutritional breakdown as you would expect in a Health and Fitness magazine.
My criticism of the magazine would be that it sometimes has features that make the reader think fitness and a perfect body are a quick thing to achieve. Do this one exercise for a few minutes and have perfect arms sort if thing. I do recommend the magazine for those who have some background knowledge and a bit of scepticism.
When you go to your local newsagents or high street magazine retailer you seem to be attacked with a new health and lifestyle magazine every week preaching the benefits of yoga for this and the miracle diet for that but which one really gets it right? This is a review of one of the magazines I recommend on the health market today.
If you've read my profile you will know I am training for a 350 mile cycle ride for Help for Heroes across France, and having never been the most physically fit I needed a giant kick up the butt to get fit so I turned to the health and lifestyle section in my local magazine retailer and thankfully I found Health and Fitness.
First thing you notice on the front cover of this monthly magazine is it's always bright and eyecatching the latest copy I am reviewing (dated December 09) features a bright blue background with the magazine name in standout white writing and various article titles in both pink and purple. Accompanying articles such as A wow body for xmas and ski special on the cover is of course the obligatory beautiful model you want to be, but one thing I will say for Health & fitness is that their models are more 'real people' than some other health magazines on the market, with toned figures rather the overly skinny model look.
One of the popular bits of the magazine always seems to be the letters section and one bit I really enjoy reading and I actually find inspiring is the I did it! piece of the letter section where people can write in to tell others about an event they have completed, there are some great stories featured and what raises a smile is that they are all events completed by people just like us, so it shows you that anyone can run that 5k race or complete that charity swimathon if only they did some training and had a bit of determination.
The shape up section is full of handy tips and tricks to help you get into shape whether it's a quick workout that you can fit in around your family visiting at christmas, the benefits of being part of a sports team rather than lone workouts or recommending websites that can give you a helping hand with staying on track with your workouts.
Another great section is the fitness makeover as there is something new every month and it's aways an interesting read and you never know someone could be needing exactly what you do too, which I was in luck with this month when the reader writing in needed help with training around shin splints which I have suffered heavily in the past when learning to run and the advice given by H&F's resident trainer was brilliant and I have tried some of the tips myself.
H&F also have a very good the truth about section where they review 6 different items and tell you the best and worst of the 6 in terms of fat content, salt levels and calories. Sometimes there is a shock when you spot something that may have been pedaled at low calorie but then it's reviewed and you see the sugar level.
So that is some of the features of Health & Fitness magazine but for more you lot are just going to have to check it out yourself, but I have to say in my opinion for people who enjoy their fitness, whether you are new to the scene or an old hand at treading those running paths I think there is something in H&F for everyone.
From Question and Answer pages to interviews with sports personalities, and from the latest yoga moves to help shape up your body to what to wear on the ski slopes this season it's all their in one handy a4 sized magazine and all for the price of £2.99.
The only downside for me to H&F is the amount of advertising but as we all know without advertising where would the magazines be?!
Priced at £2.99
Stocked at all good magazine retailers.
Around 120 pages.
website - www.healthandfitnessonline.co.uk
I bought my first issue of this magazine this month as i wanted to get motivated towards losing weight and getting fitter and healthier.
From the front of the magazine I thought it looked like there was enough variety in the magazine so that it might interest me - articles not just on getting fit and sport etc but also nutrition, health and some alternative health products and interesting ideas too.
There were other added bonuses such as competitions and special offers in the magazine.
However whe i actually started reading it I just found that the whole magazine felt squashed together - like they had crammed too much on each page. Even the longer articles the writing felt small and cramped and I just didn't like the layout. Half the point to me of reading a magazine (rather than say a book on health and fitness) is so that you can flick through the pages and pick out things you want to read further or go back to later etc. However with this magazine I just found it not very easy to quickly flick through and see what things were about or what was of interest without looking more closely in the first place.
I also found the magazine to be something that is maybe more suitable for people who are already very keen on sport, health or fitness rather than just starting out. For someone like me who does not particularly have a love of the gym or exercise I think you would be better off with Zest which is more a health and fitness lifestyle magazine rather and seems a bit more lighthearted or even the weightwatchers magazine which would inspire you to get fit and lose weight - though it doesn't carry much in the way of actual fitness tips.
This magazine is definately a woman's magazine and i'm sure lots of people will like it but it just wasn't really for me.
I've bought this magazine a few times in the past and have flicked through the pages and basically looked at the pictures. However, eight months after giving birth I felt that I needed a little motivational boost to get my figure back. I'd certainly say that this is the best £2.99 i've spent this year.
The magazine caters for all levels of fitness and although i've recently given birth I found that there were plenty of features and articles that applied to me and that I felt included in. The March edition is sold in February and unfortunately this is one month into a 3 month shape up plan, although I was easily able to pick up the key points and carry on from the second month. I'm sure I could get hold of the previous months edition from somewhere if I needed to.
It was refreshing to find a magazine that focuses on healthy eating and exercise as opposed to simply losing weight the fastest way possible. The key headings are , Shape Up, Eat Smart, Healthy You, Gym Style, Live Well and Features. The magazine seems to have a regular fitness Q&A section a focus on healthy foods including a range of recipes including a healthier fruit and nut chocolate! Fashion pages cover day to day and gymwear while there is there a celebrity focus feature too. This month this is Kelly Brook although there is also a feature with Olympic Gold Medalist Victoria Pendleton demonstrating how to get involved with some of the less well known sports. There are a few competitions and also freebies with this months being a 3 day pass to Esporta Leisure Clubs.
All in all I found this a really great magazine that has provided me with menus that I have actually cooked and enjoyed and a training plan which I have been following for a fortnight and am still enjoying! I've tried a few healthy living magazines before and been faced with various salads that look entirely unappealing and training plans that are so hard I wouldn't manage to complete one session never mind see it through the whole months. I'd say it is the first time that I've actually been excited to get the next issue of the magazine and am looking forward to getting the Ginger Cake recipe!
The only complaint that I could have is that in this one issue there are quite a few different workout options. If you want a magazine that is going to tell you what to do and when then you'll need to stay motivated otherwise this is fantastic as it encourages you to try a variety of exercise methods. In reality this is actually a positive thing!