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Who Reads SELF?
SELF is a motivating monthly self-help manual that gives its 5 million readers the tools and inspiration they need to feel, look and be their very best. Our readers are women looking to slim down, firm up, feel stronger and more energetic or all of the above. They come to SELF for advice on fitness, healthy eating, beauty, fashion, health, relationships, time management and finances. The magazine attends to the reader's need to look fantastic, but also to live a truly healthy life. SELF's voice is of the reader's smartest, most encouraging friend, urging her to be herself, only better.
What You Can Expect in Each Issue:
Regular sections of SELF include:
Feature Articles: SELF
- 15 Minutes to Your Best Self: Timesaving tips
- Beauty Update and Fitness Update
- Body Bonus: Tear-out fitness cards
- Style it Yourself and Style Solutions
- Eat-right Update and Eat-right Need-to-Know
- Health Plate: Recipes
- Health Update and Health Q&A
- Health True Story
- Happiness Update and Sex Update
- Plus Flash news columns throughout the magazine.
offers features on beauty, fitness, health, style, happiness and more in every issue, as well as thought-provoking personal essays. A recent issue featured "Walk Your Way Slim," "Green Your Beauty Routine," "Natural Cures that Work," and "The Disorder Next Door," a special report on disordered eating habits. Also in the issue: A profile of actress and cover model Jennifer Garner. Past Issues: Contributors: SELF
relies on a team of diligent reporters and researchers to bring women the latest news on health, fitness, happiness and more. The magazine's regular columnists include nutrition expert Joy Bauer, R.D., women's health columnist Lisa Callahan, M.D., psychiatrist and happiness columnist Catherine Birndorf, M.D. and fitness director Meaghan Buchan, a certified trainer. Magazine Layout SELF
's design is clean and impactful, its models happy, confident and relaxed. Reading SELF
, you will always find visual "aaah" moments, as well as breathtaking, inspirational photos and humorous and thought-provoking images. Comparisons to Other Magazines
Many magazines focus on health and fitness, but SELF
does so in the most authoritative and sophisticated way. SELF
is the only magazine with a regular "happiness" column, and that upbeat, encouraging mood permeats the magazine. SELF
is the trainer you want to hug at the end of a session--not the boot-camp instructor. It's the magazine that feels like a friend, and the one you want to share with your friends. Advertising SELF
carries a wide range of advertising, from beauty to automotive to packaged goods. The ad/edit ratio is 50/50. SELF
?s top five ad categories are beauty, food/beverages, travel/transportation (including automotive), health/remedies and retail. Awards SELF
has won dozens of awards for its reporting on health, beauty and psychology topics and has been nominated for a total of 11 National Magazine Awards, the magazine industry's highest honor. The magazine's 2006 Breast Cancer Handbook won the National Magazine Award for Public Service. More About SELF: SELF
is the founder of the Pink Ribbon for breast cancer awareness and publishes its Women's Cancer Handbook in the October issue. SELF
also hosts the SELF
Challenge, a remarkably effective three-month fitness and healthy eating program in the magazine and online at Self.com. More than a million women have used the Challenge to slim down, shape up and feel fantastic.
Self is devoted to all women who want to discover the secrets of living better by maximizing their fitness, health, nutrition, personal happiness, beauty, and style. Every issue provides new ideas and plans to jump-start or maintain personal development, nutrition, and fitness goals, plus the latest news and breakthroughs in health and well-being.
I love this magazine. It is great for women's health and self esteem. It has information about health, beauty, and fashion. And it does it without making you feel like you are fat if you are not tall and emaciated!...more info
- Self Magazine subscription from Amazon
I am please to note that my magazine subscription for Self Magazine began exactly one month from the time I purchased it. Amazon tells you that it may take up to 8 weeks, but I received it the very next month. I am happy with my subscription purchase! Plus, I received a great discount off the cover price!...more info
- Still not received
I have ordered and paid for this magazine yet still have not seen any subscriptions. I am very disappointed as I also order Glamour the same day and have already received two different months. Not sure where Self is going wrong but they need to model their turnaround time for new orders similar to Glamour....more info
- inspiring and user friendly!
Self is one of the most inspiring magazines I've ever read. Its gorgeous fitness photos make me want to go out and get moving, and its great variety of newsy health info is so user friendly, I feel myself getting healthier every day. It's totally fun and easy to follow the eat-right and beauty advice. Meanwhile Self just launched the selfdietclub, an online calorie tracking website, and I've already started changing the way I am eating and thiking about food. Hello energy! I love Self for the smart writing, beautiful photography and intelligent-woman approach to being my all-around best. It has everything I need: fitness, beauty, diet, health, happiness and style, and I really don't need any other magazine....more info
- It's an okay magazine
It's like Glamour only with a little bit more health relevant issues but not too much more. I subscribed to them for a few years, because I like that it's more than just a fitness magazine and it's more than just a fashion magazine but after awhile all the advice and all the articles tend to repeat themselves. If you're looking for something a little bit more than Glamour this is good. ...more info
- LUUUV this Magazine
This magazine is great. It covers physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Always fun to read; Gave my friend a 1-year subscription....more info
- Self Magazine
Received SELF magazine within one month of subscription, earlier than predicted. Magazine is current, innovative and I am very happy with this product....more info
- Favorite Health Magazine!
I've been reading SELF for years, and it has helped me in so many ways. Unlike other fitness magazines, it encourages you to be proud of your size and work on getting healthy for YOU, not for the standards of models and actresses. The workouts are fun, and the tear-out cards are perfect to take the gym! This magazine is highly optimistic, and their little "Health Flash" and "Happiness Flash" articles every month are perfect to keep by your bedside or at your desk.
I've read both Shape and SELF, and SELF is by far the better one. Shape is more interested in looking like a glamorous celebrity -- SELF is more interested in looking your personal best and feeling your personal best....more info
- Only The Best
One day at work I was feeling really lousy about myself. A customer had just called me fat and I was tired of being 'fat'. I found this magazine and I have to tell you that it gave me such inspiration, great tips, and it taught me a little bit on how to feel better about myself. Unlike the other fitness magazines that show you nothing but rail thin models, Self shows you people like you who for reasons need to lose a few pounds or have low self-esteem. It has nothing but upbeat "you can do it!" all throughout the magazine. I recommend Self to anyone who wants to know that they matter and that they can do it!...more info
- Not for 30-Somethings+ (& BAD Cust. Service)
I've subscribed to Self on-and-off for about 15 years, but have recently been feeling like I've outgrown the magazine. The articles seem to focus on issues facing single women who are just starting their careers. Fine, but not for me anymore! Also, their subscription department is terrible! My most recent subscription has been plagued with missed issues, double issues and late issues -- and a customer service department that can't quite pull themselves together.
- If you want to learn about cosmetics and make-overs this is for you
If you are looking for actual good workouts look to Oxygen or Womens M&F
- Encourages bullimia, anorexia and low self-esteem!
Just look at the titles on the magazines from the snapshots -- ALL of them concerned with 'losing weight', 'shedding a size', etc. This is an example of our patriarchal-controlled societies' influence on the control of women. I find it sad, and depressing that women actually buy magazines like this that covertly tell them they are worthless unless they are almost invisibly thin and star-like attractive according to some impossible-to-attain standard. Please, please don't buy this magazine and contribute to the perpetuation of this industry!...more info
- My favorite magazine
Reading this makes me feel like I am doing something for my health. Great articles, good information. This is my favorite magazine....more info
- reasonably attractive, but content-starved
As another reviewer stated, the content repeats over and over again, making a renewal a waste of money. Yes, Self has nice photography and a pretty layout, but that doesn't make it worth five stars. If you are even remotely into fitness, then Self will merely bore you - it contains such obvious information that it's almost laughable. Still, you might want to try it once, since it's cheap as magazines go, but reading it for true inspiration (other than all the beautiful models in tiny shorts that make you feel guilty) is a waste of your time and money. Reading it for fitness information would be like reading People magazine for political issues. There are better magazines out there, but this'll do if you just want something to leave lying around your house to make a good impression....more info
- I enjoy this magazine every month
This magazine is very real and down-to-earth. I enjoy it and look forward to a new issue every month!...more info
- Experience the Power of SELF
I first became a SELF reader after its sister magazine, WOMEN'S SPORT AND FITNESS, went out of print. Initially, I was a little uneasy with the switch, but I have come to love this publication.
I have read many fitness and health magazines, yet this is the one I look forward to every month. There are many different sections, and they are all inspirational yet practical. The beauty handbook offers tips such as how to get a certain look for less money. The health section explains, in plain English, various studies, health information, and recent developments. The fitness section offers easy-to-do, relatively short and simple workouts that are effective. The nutrition part gives readers easy, tasty, and healthy recipes to follow.
Unlike many magazines, SELF is not depressing to read. I have never felt negatively about my body or image after reading it. I feel energized, motivated, and inspired. Try it -- and experience the power of yourself....more info
I tend to favor Self magazine over the rest of the fitness magazines out right now. One reason is the variety. I love that Self doesn't just focus on physical fitness but also on your mental, emotional and inner fitness. I have had a self subscription for a little over 5 years and still am happy with the quality.
I will say though if they keep turning it into a magazine about actresses (which my last 4 issues have been) then I will discontinue my subscription. As I already subscribe to those magazines already and I want my fitness magazines to be about fitness.
**Also a warning I get almost all my issues the month after they have came out! This is new as they used to be one to two months early!**
- Just cancelled my subscription
I've been a Self subscriber for two years, and I just cancelled subscription. At first, I loved the magazine because it offers lots of nutritional advice, and the Self Challenge, which starts in March, is really helpful for starting an exercise routine.
However, after two years, I've noticed the following:
- Content tends to repeat over and over. If you subscribe, you'll really only need one year to get the gist of what they'll say every month.
- Too much emphasis on statistics. I tried to count the number of studies Self referenced in one issue, and lost count because ther were so many.
- Too much editorializing on social issues. I don't like being preached at in the name of "women's health," but that's just my personal opinion.
- Not enough discussion of exercises to do at the gym. If you don't have a gym membership, Self is great at providing exercises you can do at home. But there's almost no discussion of how to effectively use weight lifting machines, or even free and hand weights.
All in all, a pretty decent magazine. But not good enough for a renewal for a third year!...more info
- The best magazine ever.,
This is the greatest magazine ever. It's all about fitness, beauty, health, self-confidence (as said before, most fitness magazines don't include this), and your mind + body. It's great for teenage girls and women who want to be healthier and achieve a better body. It's great for women who need motivation; it gives you tips on how to lose weight, how to eat right for life. In my opinion, the best part is the SELF challenge, when you have 3 months and a good planner to help you get ultimately stronger, leaner, and healthier. It's got great articles too and a little fashion and make-up-not so much that's like a teen magazine. In all respect, SELF changed my life....more info
- Amazing Gift
I got this subscription as a birthday present and I am in love with it. I just renewed my subscription. I would recommend it to anybody. It's a very well-rounded magazine. There's a beauty section and stuff for "just you" and there's recipes for healthy cooking and exercise moves. I could go on and on. I will always have this subscription. ...more info
- Don't Waste Your Money
This magazine seems to spend more time pushing personal politics and little time on any aspect of a woman's health, fitness, or true development of "self". Further, the politiking is poorly done and sensational. Don't waste your money. It is amateur journalism at best....more info
- love it! :)
I love this magazine because they have so much information and tips and the articles are excellent! I have started a subscription to this magazine from the website! I can't wait to get it in the mail!...more info
- Re: Great For Any Age!
I am addicted to this magazine! Its the best! And its great for everyone! I'm a high school student, yet my older sister, mother, and younger friends love it too! It inspires me to exersize, yet i still get the fashion and beauty magazine aspect - its like all the magazines I love - all in one! I don't have anything to say bad about SELF I'm hooked!...more info
- Self - A Fabulous Beginner's Guide to Shaping Up
As a college student, finding time apart from "dates" with my Chemistry and Physics books and my 16 hours of coursework to get in-shape is practically impossible. Self magazine offers basic health tips and unique workouts that help me maintain good health habits while away from home. Monthly fixtures of the magazine include beauty and fashion tips, nutritional information (including recipes), sample workouts for getting fit, and health articles. Considering my beginner status on the fitness-frenzy totem pole, I'd recommend Self to anyone who has never truly cared about fitness (until they made their latest New Year's resolutions ;D), college kids with little time and means looking to formulate a fitness plan, or anyone curious for new workouts....more info
- Self Magazine
I absolutely LOVE this magazine. It not only has tons of helfpul fitness tips, but it does not require you be a size 2. The Self Fitness Challenge is my favorite part of the year. ...more info
This is a magazine that everyone can read, and either enjoy or lean something in.......a very worth while purchase.......you can read it anywhere.....articles are short & sweet--to the point....a real bonus for us working people.......men can even read it........more info
- A bit droll
Honestly, I've read many womens' magazines, but was never enticed by "Self" for some reason. It seems like a magazine that is for women obsessed by workouts and fitness, but at the same time, it also features other mostly below average articles you would expect to find in other womens' magazines, articles that are about budgeting (for single women) and sexy clothing/makeup and stuff of that sort. My question is: why? If you're going to focus so much on fitness, make this a more hardcore magazine for true athletic women and cut-out all the celebrity nonsense and Cosmo-wannabe articles.
I never really read any of the articles in this magazine. I mean, how much more boring can it get to read about the perfect lunges or push-ups without getting a bit droll? This is the sort of magazine I rush through and can't seem to get rid of fast enough. Maybe it's just me, but who needs to read about the perfect set of ab exercises over and over again? Is everyone out there really that superficial? And like I said before, the magazine seems to be superficial when it comes to fitness too. True fitness should be mind, body, and soul, not just having tight abs and expensive fashion and makeup. Having a nice set of a particular muscle group isn't necessarily healthy or good fitness either....more info
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