Sure, Tar Heel Tone Up is a great way to get health and fitness information, but you may be searching for further resources. Maybe you’re looking to learn more about weight lifting, you need an easy meal plan to follow or you need something good to read to keep your attention for an hour on the elliptical. I’ve put a list of the greatest health and fitness magazines. Overall, they’re fairly cheap but have great information! For most (if not all), you can subscribe to the old-fashioned, paper version, an iPad version or you can simply peruse around the website.
To my knowledge, there aren’t too many health and fitness magazines for both guys and gals. So I’ve divided it up into two categories! Feel free to comment with other magazines you may read!
Women’s Magazines – These magazines are great. Most of them are completely focused on health and fitness, while some, like Women’s Health and Shape also include articles on beauty products, etc. Open any of these and you’ll almost always find some sort of meal plan that’ll help you out if you’re trying to figure out easy, healthy meals to cook up. Also, there is usually a strength training routine. The routines change month to month, keeping your muscles guessing, allowing for continuous results. If you’re unsure on how to put together a fitness routine or a meal plan, be sure to search around on these websites/subscribe to a couple!
Men’s Magazines – While I’ve never flipped through an entire fitness magazine written for men, I do search around some on the websites while finding articles for News Roundups. These are similar to the women’s magazines, where both strength training tips and meal plans are provided. They provide a lot of great information on all health and fitness related topics, referring to the latest scientific research. Searching around on these websites or reading through one of the magazines will help you stay focused on your health goals by providing nutrition advice and recommendations for your fitness routine.
The Truth About Energy Drinks: With finals coming up, students are guzzling down coffee and other energy drinks. Fitbie has the health information on these drinks and whether they are doing your body more harm or good.
How to Recycle Old Fitness Gear: You may be exercising so often that your clothes and shoes are getting raggedy. Fitness tells you how to donate, recycle or reuse your worn down fitness apparel.
Top 25 Marathon Training Tips: The Boston Marathon has just passed and more marathons are coming up before the summer heat hits. Shape has tips from three experts to help you whether you’re just beginning to train or you’ve been running marathons for years.
Junk Food that’s Good for You: You might think that chocolate and beef jerky are “off-limits” items when trying to eat more nutritiously. Men’s Health explains why these foods, along with some other “junk foods,” can be healthy. Read to find out why!
Fitness & Nutrition Roundup: Eating Healthy While Traveling, The Disturbing Side Effects of Soda & more!
7 Tips to Eat Healthy While Traveling: Spring Break is just around the corner, but you shouldn’t throw away all your hard work during that one week. Built Lean has seven tips so you can eat nutritiously while still enjoying yourself on vacation.
Firm up Fast with 10 Busy-Girl Buffers: It’s time for midterms once again and you may find yourself short on time. Self has a quick but effective workout to sculpt your body, specifically for women!
9 Disturbing Side Effects of Soda: We all know that soda is full of sugar and can pack on some pounds, but what else does it do to our bodies? Rodale lists nine side effects of soda which may convince you to kick your daily dose of cola.
The Best New Exercises for Every Part of a Man’s Body: If you’re trying to get past a plateau, speed up fat loss or simply try something new, Men’s Health has a new workout for you. With these moves, you can sculpt each muscle in an entirely new way.
5 Healthy Resolutions for Women: Not sure of what goals you should set this year? Well, WebMD lists five challenging, but manageable, resolutions perfect for women! Men, don’t hesitate to give these a shot either!
The Science Behind Keeping Your Resolution: Men’s Health offers three tips to make your resolutions a success. Follow their advice and you’ll keep right on track this year.
Five Celebrity New Year’s Health and Fitness Resolutions: A Female’s Perspective: Check out these five celebrity women who have made their own New Year’s resolutions on Yahoo. Their goals include catching more zzz’s and drinking more water daily. Let them be an inspiration for your own resolutions!
Best Diet Apps for New Year’s Resolutions: If you’ve got a smartphone or iPad, you can get a little help to stick with your weight loss resolutions. This video from CNBC demonstrates the best diet apps for 2012.
12 Ways to Eat Healthy for $1: Does the thought of possible tuition hikes have you planning your next meal off the dollar menu at McDonalds? Think again. EatingWell Magazine lists over 10 healthy foods that are each under a buck!
Celebrity Trainers’ All-time Best Workout Advice: If you’re curious about how celebs like Cameron Diaz and Halle Berry get their great bodies, check out this link from Glamour. A handful of celebrity trainers have revealed their words of wisdom for getting toned like those on the red carpet.
Gain a Pound of Muscle Every Week: Bulking up isn’t always easy and takes time and commitment. Men’s Health has eating and exercise tips to gain muscle the healthy way.
Want to Train Better? Just Train Faster: Want to know the key to exercising like a pro-athlete? Work out faster. The Post Game goes into the science behind this method and gives details on its benefits.
21 Ways to Bust out of Your Workout Rut: Some days are a little harder than others to find the motivation for a good workout. Women’s Health shares over 20 energizing tips so you can get the most out of your gym time!
Inside Scoop: Hot New Foods: Food Network lists seven new products at the grocery store that are healthy and tasty! Be sure to grab some of these items to add a little excitement to your usual meals.
3 Ways Breakfast Can Help You Lose Weight: We’ve all heard it’s the most important meal of the day. Need another reason to eat breakfast? FitSugar tells us how it can help you lose weight.
To Run Farther, Hit the Weights: Men’s Health describes a study that found weight lifting can help you run farther. So be sure to hit the weight room, not just the treadmill!
Heart Rate Guidelines for Exercise: Have you ever been holding the handles on one of the cardio machines and wondered why the screen is flashing 165 at you? Livestrong has provided basic heart rate information so you can learn what that number means and what numbers you should be aiming for while working out.
The Complete Guide to Interval Training: This chart from Greatist shows how to maximize your fat loss through interval training. It discusses everything from the basics to the top three leading interval programs!
Top 10 Make or Break Diet Moments: Fitness Magazine has listed 10 times that many of us struggle to make the nutritious decision, like before bedtime (2 a.m. BSkis delivery, anyone?). Follow these easy tips and you’ll be prepared next time junk food is calling your name.
15 New Muscle Builders: In order to continue seeing results and building muscle, workouts need some variety. Men’s Health has provided some tweaks for your routine so that each muscle group can be challenged in a new way!