Health & Fitness Magazines

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

Country RoadsI’m beginning to think that health magazines are all screwed up. It seems like all the advice from the health and fitness magazines is all off center. The only thing I can blame it on is myopia. It’s like the health and fitness magazines have no idea what living in the United States is like. Our media has no concept of the nation. They only know NYC and L.A.

That’s why I am so happy to be writing for Starling Fitness. It is written by people who live in Utah, not NYC or L.A. We understand that it’s hard to “walk to the grocery store” or “take the stairs.” So many Mid-Westerners work in one floor buildings. We live in the suburbs where it’s a five mile trek to walk to anything. The health magazines think that they have skinny all figured out, but really all they have figured out is how to be skinny in New York.

This might come as a shock to you, but most of the United States ISN’T New York City.

That’s why health and fitness magazines keep spouting the same crap over and over. That’s all they can do. They can’t just hop in their car and drive up to the mountains for a strenuous hike. They can’t run for miles on country roads with only the sound of their breathing and the birds singing. They are selling health, but it’s such a narrow and urban view of it that it seems myopic.

Of course, Starling Fitness is just as myopic. We write about how to stay healthy and fit in Utah. It’s the only thing that we can do—write about our own experiences.


2 Responses to “Health & Fitness Magazines”

  1. Lori Says:

    While I do agree that fitness magazines are generally focused on the same thing, I cannot agree with your views on NY. I’m not sure if you’ve been to NY, but I can only conclude if you have, it must have been NYC. I’m from NY and your description of it is far from accurate. There are PLENTY of places to go hop in your car – or even WALK to, where you can enjoy birds singing, flowers, trees, mountains to climb, (Adirondacks for instance) beaches, places to swim, “country” areas and woods to walk in – to hike, bike, camp, canals to kayak in, and the list goes on. So often, I feel like the entire state is unfairly judged by one particular area (NYC) and it really is a shame.

  2. Laura Moncur Says:

    I was talking about New York City. There aren’t any Health and Fitness magazine publishers in the Adirondacks.

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