Women’s Magazines

Great Magazines for Women

For women, magazine trends are changing constantly whether it’s the newest weight loss regimen, hairstyle, type of food, etc. It happens yearly and even monthly at times, attracting many women to try all types of new merchandise or activities to better themselves if possible. At times, it can almost be dizzying how often things change, from what’s good to bad for you. It can also be a hassle if you’re a beginner and aren’t familiar with different parts of fitness. But, many of these trends can be useful and may push some to try new things and have new experiences. This can include traveling to places they never thought of, discovering foods that become their favorite or becoming more in shape and having a more positive outlook on things. Although magazines can put pressure on women at the same time, there are many positive advantages to the content they are advertising.

Fitness Trends

For one, fitness trends help to give the option for new researched exercise styles that may be better suited for women specifically to tone up, lose weight, and build muscle. Magazines such as Shape focus on fitness and eating well, showing women different methods and types of exercising that might be beneficial to them. Some of these current trends circulating these types of magazines are pound, animal flow, pole exercise, and zumba. Pound is a type of workout that incorporates lightweight drumsticks into cardio with different styles of music. It fuses a few different types of fitness like pilates and polymetrics. Animal flow, on the other hand, does not require any weights or props to do the complete workout. It focuses on using different primal, animal movement type exercises to create one circuit. Some of these exercises include crab walks, lizard crawls, etc. Pole exercise consists of the practice of pole dancing which works the core and upper body as well as toning up the rest of the body through concentrated movements.


A lot of these different kinds of workouts use music as a motivator and a guide, but Zumba acts as the forefront of this. Zumba is almost like a dance class in that they have a large group with a lead instructor teaching them different dance sequences. These sequences are specific to working out different parts of the body while making it a fun experience where you can almost forget you’re exercising. A plus of Zumba, and a few of the other types of workouts mentioned, is that they can also be found on DVD for those who don’t usually have the time to go to a gym. It can also be helpful for women who aren’t quite ready to face the gym, or are not comfortable enough yet. Many women don’t realize that there are nontraditional ways of getting the exercise that they need, ways that may be more exciting or stimulating than lifting weights at the gym or going through the same cycle every time. These magazines give women the opportunity to find these and are even given breakdowns if they are not familiar with the types of exercises.

Magazine Styles

Great and not-so-great Magazines

Magazines, much like books, provide a vast range of topics and genres although these are usually in condensed articles within their pages. There is not much fencing, or rules, around what they are allowed to write in magazines today! Depending on the genre, they even include interactive material such as quizzes or games to give insights to different aspects of one’s life. There’s also many regional magazines, or even those just for certain cities to give information on upcoming events or services that are provided in the area.

Top Magazin Genres

Some of the genres most mentioned or sought after are fitness/health, fashion and lifestyle magazines. These genres have many known magazine labels, such as Self, Vogue, Shape, and Cosmopolitan. There are also respective women’s health and men’s health magazines, or even one’s for landscaping or do-it-yourself projects.

Fashionable or Unfashionable Magazine?

To start with the lifestyle and fashion magazines, it’s important to note that they often intermingle and are represented both in one magazine at times. This is true for ones like Cosmopolitan, which gives information on lifestyle trends, beauty and relationship/sex advice or education. It’s also targeted towards women even though men can also gain knowledge from it’s pages. It can even range even toward political articles and celebrity news. Though, they are generally known for the relationship and sex articles, something that is not so commonly discussed in other magazines noted. And, many magazines like this can be seen as just for gossip or superficial purposes but in reality many of them give women insightful information that they might not have looked for on their own. This includes informative articles on different health recommendations and nutrition. Another magazine close to this is Self, which focuses on fitness, food, health and a little bit of love too. This ranges from talking about healthy snacks, gym equipment for at-home workouts to education on PrEP and IUD’s. They do not do as much sensationalized articles, like celebrity gossip, but tend to keep the focus on healthier lifestyles and tips for love and beauty.

Gossip Magazines

On the other hand, Vogue features a focus on celebrity news, culture, lifestyle, beauty and fashion runways. They do have many articles that focus on different cultures, in respects to fashion and lifestyle. Though, they are a premiere magazine when looking into the fashion trends and the direction it is going in through time. Vogue gives information on the upcoming runways, such as what is available to wear, what the essentials of the season will be, etc. for those interested and wanting to keep up with it throughout the year. Another great magazine with it’s own focus is Shape, made specifically for fitness, dieting and weight loss. This magazine puts out articles to help women specifically in nutrition and diet planning, such as meal prep or routines for weight loss or toning, and the individual fitness regimens. It doesn’t try to put women down for how they look, and instead actually posts a lot about body empowerment and appreciating where a person is currently at and where their potential is. All of the magazines listed above have a benefit and if looking for specific genres, it’d be great to check them out.

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