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04/14/14

Magazine cover up: What exactly is fact or fiction when it comes to fitness?

When it comes to fitness, more specifically magazine covers, seeing definitely is not believing.
You've undoubtedly been standing on line at the grocery store or stopped into a convenient shop and gazed with amazement and skepticism at the save time at any one of several fitness, exercise and health related magazines and wondered aloud a common question.
What exactly should you take as truth when you check out those magazine covers?
You know the ones, right. These cover stories are riddled with the ridiculous.
"Five Easy Steps To Lose Your Gut."

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"Three Super Foods that will Banish Your Belly."
And, another favorite, "Three Exercise that you must do Now."
So what exactly are we to believe is realistic and actually achievable?
Certainly, plenty of competent and credible writers and editors sit down monthly and begin to hash out exactly what the next issue is going to look like. One has to wonder if they're truly embodying a 360 degree health and wellness mentality when they piece together stories or bang out witty, banter or especially those gripping and savvy headlines, the ones that you can't help but, at the very least, read to yourself.
Most of these types of magazines have a bit of tunnel vision in the sense that they're pandering to the power lifting crowd, the ones that absolutely go to the gym five days per week and will stop at nothing to ensure that even a 10 minute workout is better than no workout at all.
And maybe they don't care about the casual exerciser or the person who has quietly wished and hoped they could start a routine but isn't quite ready or confident enough to proceed. For that demographic, headlines likes these aren't bad necessarily but just misleading in the sense that they're permeating this mentality that super foods, five steps or simple exercisers are a path to putting you in the best shape of your life.
Just look at the cover model, right?
Truthfully, eating foods chalked full of vitamins and minerals is a great place to start. Exercising and doing dead lifts or squats because they are "fat burners" makes perfect, logical sense. But what doesn't make front page news is the notion that exercise and diet don't exist as without one another. Simply put, no five exercises or foods that tackle flabbiness will work unless they're accompanied by a better eating plan or training regimen, respectively.
Maybe for some, that's a given, and there's no reason to actually come out and say that within the confines of the article. Or, maybe giving a little more realistic perspective to these articles and headlines isn't flashy or flamboyant enough to sell magazines or generate online interest.
Something like "Why push ups and situps only work if you eat a low fat diet" just doesn't quite carry the same pizazz as the other eye catchers that you typically see on the front of a magazine. As long as those types of headlines and bold face type testimonials of sorts are working, editors aren't about to fix it if it isn't broken.
But that doesn't mean they can't at least sporadically sprinkle in a little sensibility.

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