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Which Magazine is Perfect for Your Fitness Goals?

Running FeetWhile we all know how easy it is to put personal health on the backburner for more immediate matters like work demands and family dinners, paying poor attention to your health will eventually catch up to you. Thankfully, getting back in shape does not have to be overwhelming or too time-consuming. Rather than reinventing the wheel in your attempts to go from flab to fit, make sure that you are educated on tried-and-true tips that will get you on the path to looking great and feeling better! Do you know about three of the best fitness magazines for your health?

As the name implies, Shape Magazine is an ideal magazine for women who want to get – and stay – in shape. Their articles are full of advice on everything from quick exercises that will help you get the body that you have always wanted to motivational stories about women who successfully made their health a priority. If you want advice on how to look and feel fantastic, then Shape Magazine might become your new best fitness friend!

First For Women Magazine focuses on living a well-rounded life – a goal that is easier said than done. How often do you sacrifice exercise for the sake of running errands? While errands are an unavoidable part of life, skipping activities that promote your health will compromise your well-being over time and can leave you feeling too tired to finish everything on your to-do list. This read is for those of us who often put our health and exercise needs behind life’s other demands. First For Women Magazine will help you balance your life between family time and “me” time and even leave some room for relaxation.

Health Magazine takes a holistic approach toward fitness. By addressing topics like food, relationships, and fashion in additional to tidbits about exercise, Health Magazine is perfect for the woman who wants to make her life healthier in every aspect. From recipes that promote well-being to tips on how to look younger, Health Magazine is the title of choice for many women.

Summer is the season of bathing suits, warm weather that allows for more outside workouts, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Keep your health on your mind during the rest of the summer!

All You magazine's January 20, 2012, issue

New Year’s Resolutions: It’s That Time of Year

All You magazine's January 20, 2012, issue

All You magazine's January 20, 2012, issue has tips for spending less money in the new year--whether it's a resolution or not.

After a rough 2011, blogger Summer Huggins is taking a different approach to New Year’s resolutions this year.

I’ve made an executive decision about setting New Year’s resolutions this year. I’m not gonna do it. Instead I’m going to keep things simple. I don’t smoke and I don’t drink, so quitting those are out already.

I’m not one of those people who wallows in self-pity, but it’s been a rough 13 to 14 months for me. I lost my dad, a cousin and a dog, and my mom is in a rehab facility recovering from a stroke. Those events have shifted my priorities. So instead of setting lofty goals for myself by making one of any of the most popular resolutions, I simply want to continue to live well.

Instead of resolving to exercise more, I simply want to live life outdoors more, taking more photo walks, spending time playing fetch with the dogs and volunteering in my community.

Instead of resolving to lose weight, I plan to just make the healthiest decisions possible. When faced with fried chicken and mashed potatoes or a plate of locally grown fresh grilled vegetables, I want to choose the healthier option. That’d be the vegetables.

Instead of resolving to save more money, I will simply spend less and let the saving happen naturally.

If you’re making New Year’s resolutions, I wish you all the best sticking with them and making them work for you. If you’re like me and bucking the trend, I wish you a happy and healthy year.

Candy corn in a bowl

Cooking Light Points Trick-or-Treaters (and Parents) to Healthier Halloween Candy

Cooking Light magazine October 2011

The October issue of Cooking Light magazine features the best candy choices for kids.

Fellow sweet tooth-ers, it’s that time of the year (OK, so another one) when we’re tempted by the fruits–er, sweets–of another sugar-laden season. Yes, for those of us with a weakness for chocolates and other candies, Halloween begins the slippery slope down which we tumble all the way to the Christmas holidays. Or is that just me speaking for myself?

Based on some numbers shared in Everyday Food’s October 2011 issue, I don’t think so. According to the digest-sized magazine, we collectively spent $2 billion (yes, billion) on Halloween candy last year. And 70 percent of parents admitted skimming chocolates from their kids’ trick-or-treating loot. (No word on the percentage of older sisters who ‘fessed up to doing the same to their younger brothers, but certainly they–or at least I–did.)

So far this season, I’ve given in to candy corn, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, York Peppermint Patties and a mixed bag of assorted “fun size” candies (ahem, mostly chocolates). Some of them–actually most, thank you very much–were purchased to be used in some Halloween treat recipes. (Speaking of which, I should probably get going on those before I eat all the ingredients.)

That much sugar can’t be good, I’m sure, but by paying attention to the nutritional information–or better yet, Cooking Light’s “Halloween Treat Picker” in its October 2011 issue, can help you make smart choices for yourself or the little ghosts and goblins who knock on your door on Halloween.

The nutritional magazine’s grid plots candies according to saturated fat, sugar content and calories. My treats were all over the place, though most were heavier on the sugar and about even on the more vs. less saturated fat scale. Guess I’ll just have to make some better candy choices next time I’m at the supermarket. For the trick-or-treaters, of course.

white wine poured into wine glass

Want to Age Gracefully? Drink up!

white wine poured into wine glassI don’t drink. Sure, there’s the occasional glass of wine with dinner, but I can probably count those on less than one hand if I looked back over the entire past year. I’d rather have my indulgent, extra calories in the form of chocolate chip cookies!

But a recent Harvard study suggests that women who drink–middle-aged women who drink to be exact–have a better chance of staying healthy as the birthdays keep coming than their non-drinking counterparts. That doesn’t seem fair to me!

This study and others have shown that moderate alcohol intake–one drink each day for women–can reduce inflammation as well as promote healthy cholesterol, improve insulin resistance and keep blood flowing properly. The Harvard study also suggests that moderate middle-aged female drinkers have fewer incidents of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and dementia.

Does this mean I’m going to have to start drinking?!

No. Lead study author and nutrition researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Qi Sun, M.D., said in a recent Health.com article: “If you are physically active, if you have a healthy body weight at midlife, you can have much better odds of achieving successful aging.” She continued, “You don’t have to use moderate alcohol consumption to achieve healthy aging.”

Thank goodness!