A recent study presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has found that fitness magazines may be doing more harm than good for some women.
Apparently, some women who read fitness magazines featuring hyper-fit, images of women while working out, reported more anxiety and depression than those who read magazines with no idealized images. The reasoning is because it is hard to feel good about our own bodies when looking at an idealized image of a body with no flaws whatsoever. The catch for me is I love fitness magazines. These magazines are often full of great workout ideas and tips that you may want to have along with you at the gym, so think about ripping them out and bringing them with you, instead of the whole magazine. Still need to read something while on the stationary bike? Try non-fitness magazines, novels, or autobiographies of powerful women instead.
This reminds me of a post I did before that shows an altered magazine cover, before and after. Pretty interesting, so check it out.