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An inspiring read that I guarantee will add Zest to your life in some way
Member Name: juliassg71
Advantages: A mix of professional and readers' views and advice. Inspirational with good variety
Disadvantages: None for me!
I took advantage last year of a half price subscription to Zest (which usually retails at £3.40 per issue) for a year, and I have to say I was very impressed with this magazine on the whole.
This is basically a magazine dedicated to improving your mind, spirit and body and endeavours to give you all the necessary tips and advice in order to be successful if you are looking to improve your life for the better in regards to how you feel and look.
EXAMPLE OF A TYPICAL ISSUE:
There is always a model featured on the front (usually wearing very little) in order to show off a fit, toned body that many women aspire to. Unlike Men's Mags, this is done in a tasteful way that does not make me feel bad about my own body's failings (since having children I might add, as was pretty buff myself once upon a time) but instead inspires me to want to look as fit and toned as I can be. Tempters also feature on the cover in a big way giving you a very good idea of what to expect inside (example below).
Cover headlines taken from October 2009 issue including in-depth articles about health related issues such as reducing your illness risk; fighting off superbugs; tips from the UK's healthiest women; your £10 Swine Flu survival kit; breast cancer (small changes that could SAVE your life; crafty recipes (tasty curries minus the fat); box yourself buff (and beat stress too!); how to love your life now; diet rules you should break; and 56 secrets to glossy hair. Quite impressive in just one edition, especially as there is much more besides inside.
WHAT'S FEATURED INSIDE?
The magazine is broken down in the following way.
Cover stories mentioned on the cover include articles from both professionals and from reader's real life experiences together with articles that combine the two which is really helpful because the readers' views personalise such things as breast cancer, and then the professionals round out the article with facts, figures and professional advice, whatever the topic in hand. This mix makes the reading much more involving and allows you to relate better to the topic being discussed rather than just having sterile facts and figures blasted at you.
HEALTH & SELF:
The headlines that relate to heath and self-improvement are explored more in-depth in this section again with a combination of reader and professional contribution. Zest features a Health MOT monthly which I really find helpful whereby a reader is medically examined and tested and the results of her health in respect of her external and internal organs are set out, divided into two categories: Medical History and an Action Plan to follow. You are guaranteed to find some health issue or history related problem that affects you and allows you to then relate the action plans recommended to yourself or visit your GP for any serious concerns you have.
Here you will find recommendations about hair, make-up, beauty and skin products including products that have been tested by Zest readers who then give their ratings and opinions. The professional tips are very helpful and easy to understand and many products are recommended to deal with a variety of different issues that individuals might have.
A big part of what this magazine is about, the fitness section looks at new and exciting ways to improve your general health and fitness. Rather than just banging on about the need to go to the gym at least three times a week, in case this isn't for you, the articles are inspiring, adventurous and offer innovative ways to get fitness into your life whether it be small changes that make a big difference over time or more challenging ideas that involve breaking out of your comfort zone: boxing for example or a boot camp style experience. There is also a lot dedicated to running and runners in general in terms of kit, specific injuries, running/inside outside etc. and in this issue Zest tries out the latest outdoor fitness trend, 'trail running' taking yourself off road for a new experience to add to your running repertoire so if you run through the park or on the roads or just on the treadmill, they offer you an alternative to shake up your usual routine.
ZEST FOR LIFE:
This section includes mainly dietary advice but also fits in fitness related tips around this, together with information about the more relaxing side of health, super spas (in this issue) which gives you the low down on what they are like, what they cost and where best to go depending on your requirements.
This includes a letter from the Editor, Your Say (featuring letters from Zest readers), a preview of the following month's topics, stockists, health & fitness directory and sundry articles (in this issue boost your memory in an hour).
Here you are given the opportunity to join Zest's reader panel to express your views about Zest and to be entered into a price draw for doing so. There is information on subscribing to Zest and there is usually a very good discount for doing so. There are also various promotions relating to winning items or making savings through buying at various sports related outlets and competitions galore.
If you have any interest at all in health, fitness, beauty, hair, and general overall well being I would highly recommend you take a look at this magazine because it is absolutely jam packed with useful, tips, advice, inspiring stories, relevant advertising, discounts, competitions and is set out in such a way as to make it very accessible to the reader. I really and truly find this magazine inspirational because of the great mix of information garnered from both professionals and readers alike. You are made to feel that anything is possible no matter how much time you have or what body shape you have and the fact that Zest or their readers road test many services, products, sporting equipment etc. gives you a good basis upon which to decide what is right for you. There will be something you can get from this magazine to improve your life in some way or other whether it be life changing or a small adjustment you make that helps to enhance your mood or your health in some way.
Zest does not make me feel bad about myself like some publications can do. I do not feel that I have to be really fit or sporty to get the most from it. In fact it makes me want to get the best out of myself and inspires me to make changes for the better in a helpful, professional yet friendly fashion.
I do hope you have found this helpful.
Thank you for reading. x
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Summary: A jam packed mag not only for fitness fanatics.