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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!

The 10 Best Magazines to Take to the Beach

The 10 Best Magazines to Take to the Beach

The 10 Best Magazines to Take to the BeachYou’re ready to soak up some sun this summer, but don’t hit the sand without these bright magazines safely stowed in your beach bag. 

How long have you been waiting for this summer vacation? You’ve got your spf, your sunglasses, your suit and a giant beach towel. Now all you need are some great summer reads. To help stock your beach bag this summer, we’re listing out the 10 best magazines to take to the beach this year.

For Her:

People: Who doesn’t love a little celebrity gossip while soaking up some rays? Sometimes we all need a little mental break to sit and enjoy our guilty pleasure magazine, and People is it.

Coastal Living: For once you can stare at those beautiful oceanscapes on the page and then look beyond the page to see the real thing in the background. Enjoy the magazine, and when that pang of “Oh I want to be there!” kicks in, just set the magazine down and voila!

Dwell: Totally focused on modern home design both inside and out, Dwell magazine is a great read with beautiful graphic design, and it just seems to speak to that creative side, which you actually have time to nurture while on vacay.

Sunset: Sunset magazine will help you drift peacefully into your tropical paradise. Devoted to everything West Coast, this magazine will add a splash of summer with great tips on everything from green living to food, wine and entertaining.

Health: It’s the best way to catch up on how to stay fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle, all things that just make sense when you’re at the beach with a little time to scheme about the future.

For Him:

Wired: You finally have a chance to sit down and enjoy an entertaining read, and Wired is chock-full of enough new gadgets, inventions and trends to keep you entertained for an entire afternoon of sunning.

Fast Company: This is another good read, with stories of entrepreneurs, trends and business ideas both current and future. And don’t worry — though it has “company” in the title, this read will feel nothing like being at work!

The New Yorker: Great reporting and super interesting stories — need we say more?

Surfer: Even if you don’t have plans to hit the board on this trip, there’s just something fun about thumbing through a surfing magazine while at the beach. And hey, if you feel like a poser, you can always hide it between the pages of one of your other magazines and no one has to know.

ESPN The Magazine: Catch up on the latest sports news and let your mind kick back and relax. Golf anyone?

Enjoy these additional suggestions of quick and easy summer reads–all for less than $10.

Parent & Child magazine April 2012

How Christina Applegate Conjures Up Comedy

Parent & Child magazine April 2012Nothing’s sweeter than the sound of your baby’s laughter. Actress and comedienne Christina Applegate loves to make people laugh–and none more than her own daughter.

If you’re a parent of young children–or have been at some point–you’re probably enjoying Christina Applegate’s latest successful TV venture “Up All Night.” The ABC sitcom, co-starring Maya Rudolph and Will Arnett, proves that the truth about parenting is stranger, and much funnier, than fiction. All three of the stars are in the midst of raising young children in real life, as are three of the series writers.

In the April issue of Parent & Child magazine, Applegate (who’s also covering the April issue of Health magazine) admits that sometimes moments from her real life with baby daughter Sadie Grace, 1, end up on the small screen. “For instance, the birth episode included a lot of what I actually experienced. I didn’t mention this to anyone else while it was going on, but I turned pushing into a competition. In the back of my head, I needed to be the person who pushed a baby out the fastest in history.”

That sense of competition may have helped the blonde beauty and breast cancer survivor land so many successful comedic roles, but Applegate tells the parenting magazine she didn’t come by her sense of humor naturally. A self-described “tough” kid, Applegate says, “My mom was dealing with being a single parent, and there wasn’t a lot of humor at home. To be honest, I learned humor from Katey [Sagal] and Ed [O’Neill] when I started working on ‘Married with Children.’ They are very funny people. Before that, I was pretty serious. I think that’s why they hired me for that show. They wanted tough.”

Segal and O’Neill must be seriously effective teachers, as Applegate has become a staple in sitcoms and in classic comedy films like “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” Thankfully for Applegate, that humor has managed to find its way into her personal life with fiance Martyn LeNoble and baby Sadie, who’s “a much harder critic than the public” any day.

Says Applegate, ”I talk to her in silly voices. She loves it when I imitate a monkey—she starts imitating a monkey, too. Every day there’s something different that she thinks is hysterical. And you try to use it again and again, but then by the third time, she doesn’t find it funny anymore. So we’re constantly trying to invent new ways to make her laugh.”

Sound familiar? Do you think your own parenting moments could inspire a great television comedy?

Health magazine April 2012 cover

5 Habits of Successful Dieters

Health magazine April 2012Sure, most of us avoid the word “diet” like the plague, but sometimes we have to give in and give dieting a try. Here’s how to make your next diet less daunting.

I’d rather live a healthy lifestyle than go on a diet any day–that’s for sure. But sometimes I just have to buckle down and actually diet in order to get rid of those pesky five pounds that keep staring back at me from the scale.

It sounds easy enough: Eat less, move more. But it takes a little more than that, doesn’t it? In the April issue of Health magazine, motivation expert Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson offers up five strategies for making your diet work for you.

1. Be specific: Don’t just tell yourself you want to lose weight. Be specific about your goal and what it will take to get there. For instance, if you weight 170 and want to weigh 150, you know very specifically that you’d like to lose 20 pounds.

2. Plan ahead: Tell yourself what you want to eat and stick to your plan. If you’re going to a business lunch, tell yourself ahead of time that you’ll eat a colorful salad–and then do it.

3. Track everything: Keep a handy-dandy notebook with you at all times and take note of every bite that goes into your mouth, every workout, every emotion, every success and every challenge.

4. Practice realistic optimism: Losing weight isn’t easy. Losing 10 pounds in two days (as some fads would promise) isn’t realistic. I know I’ll never weigh 120 pounds, so I don’t beat myself up about not getting there. Set realistic goals and work to achieve real results.

5. Strengthen your willpower: Practice other activities, like sitting up straight instead of slouching, that work your willpower. Then, take baby steps from there. Instead of going totally junk food-free overnight, eliminate chocolate chip cookies first and replace them with a piece of fruit.

By following these five healthy habits of successful dieters, you’ll get there. And I will too!

Health Magazine March 2012

How to Headache-Proof Your Home

Health Magazine March 2012Headaches often hit when we least expect them, but Health magazine suggests a few tips for making your home a headache-free zone.

I love the sunshine. I was sitting in the airport just yesterday with my face toward the windows, not a cloud in the sky, enjoying the warmth of the sun on my skin. About two minutes into relaxing in the glow, though, a terrible headache came out of nowhere.

I packed up my diet soda and my magazines, and I moved to the other side of the gate, out of the brightness of the sunshine and out of my headache. I don’t know why it affected me so quickly, but it made me realize that extremely bright lights and sunshine might not be the best idea when I’m trying to relax and read.

It sounds like the editors at Health magazine agree. In the March issue, they list several ways to headache-proof your home, including turning down the lights. They say that a soft glow is much less likely to make your head feel like it’s been hit by a truck. If you’re reading in that soft glow, they suggest getting tinted lenses on your glasses, which can help reduce glare and subsequently reduce headaches.

Other tips for keeping future headaches at bay:

  • Vacuum upholstered furniture once a week to free your home of allergens. What? Aren’t we all vacuuming our furniture once a week already? I’m sure my husband wishes I would.
  • Get rid of strong odors in your home, including that cupcake-scented candle. Masking bad odors with delicious ones can sometimes make the combined odors worse, and unfortunately some candles contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) — the same ones found in paint and floor varnish — that can really trigger a headache.
  • Watch what you eat and drink. The artificial sweeteners in my favorite diet soda and the MSG in some packaged foods can quickly trigger head pain as well.

When my headache hit in the airport, I got a cold bottle of water and a couple of painkillers from the bookstore in the terminal. My headache didn’t last long, but I do kind of miss that comfy spot I was occupying in the sun.

How to Make Your Own Brown Sugar Scrub

How to Make Your Own Brown Sugar Scrub

How to Make Your Own Brown Sugar ScrubBlogger Summer Huggins spends some time in the kitchen–not baking cookies, but whipping up a homemade brown sugar body scrub.

DIY–do it yourself–is hot right now. As a society, we’re quilting (again) more than ever and making our own baby food. I even make some of our dog toys at our house. So when I decided I wanted to make my own brown sugar body scrub, I was sure I would find a great, simple recipe in the mail any minute. Surely one of my magazine subscriptions focusing on health and natural living–like Health or Natural Health–would have one for me. Nope. I kept my eyes open for what seemed like months and still didn’t find a thing.

So I did what any modern, crafty girl would do: I took to Pinterest!

And there I found what seemed like dozens of recipes. I scanned many and found that most of them were basically the same, with four common ingredients:

  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of olive, sunflower or coconut oil
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract

Making brown sugar body scrub in your own kitchen is simple: Mix the sugars together to integrate them and get rid of lumps. Pour into a lidded glass container, add the oil and vanilla and scrub! Mine will find a nice home on the edge of the tub.

It smells so good coming together, and so will your skin after you use  it–so much so that now I want to get back into the kitchen and bake those cookies …