Self (2-year)

 
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Editorial Reviews

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:

  • 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.
Feature Articles: SELF 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.



With Self as your guide, you'll discover the secrets to living and feeling better. At only $1 an issue, it's the investment of a healthy lifetime. Challenge yourSELF, express yourSELF, reward yourSELF and subscribe to SELF! In every monthly issue, Self will help you relieve stress, trim down, tone up, relax your mind, and enhance your body.

Customer Reviews:

  • A well Rounded Magazine
    Self is great Magazine! It has tons of helpful fitness and health facts throughout. It also has detailed articles reviewing the newest and healthiest workouts to get the results you want, and well as healthful nutritional information. I even found my husband sneaking a read at the "nutritional snack tips". I thought that was rather impressive as he studied Kiniesiology (excercise phys, and the study of muscles in shcool). I would definitely recommend it for anybody striving for a well rounded lifestyle!...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
  • No delivery
    I ordered this and was told I would receive the Feb issue. I have not yet and it is the middle of the month. I received another magazine ordered the same day at the beginning of Feb...more info
  • My magazine addiction!
    One of my weaknesses is magazines. I love to discover new, exciting ones to look at and read. When I first discovered SELF, I thought maybe it would be for an age group a bit older than me (I'm 21). I was wrong. The information that goes into this montly magazine is fantastic. I can easily apply the topics covered in this magazine to my life. I love that it's geared to living happily, no matter what. And the magazine helps you garner the tools you need to stay healthy and happy without any nonsense you find in Cosmo or Glamour!...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
  • Changing....
    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!**
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  • This is my favorite magazine!
    This is a wonderful magazine that is pretty much suitable for any age. It has tons of helpful tips for healthy skin and hair, not to mention healthy bodies. It gives practical tips on eating, like the best cereals to buy, and it rates a lot of others. It does have advertising for products in it, but doesn't every magazine? It's main focus is on how you can keep your body healthy, with exercise tips and even a complete week planner to guide anyone through the best workout. The magazine also has a positive outlook, with articles on boosting your mood and self-esteem, along with articles on healthy, positive women that you see on TV. Overall it is a very modivational magazine to read and I love the price!...more info
  • Okay
    The real life story it has is a little gruesome, (with pics of woman who lost her breast to dieting, bloody and sewed up nipples.... eek!)

    I like something more inspiring. There's a few, (very few) fitness stuff and the fashion pics--can't really wear that in public, looks better on the runway. ...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
  • 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
  • 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.

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  • Self subscription
    Received my first issue within a month. Lots of good articles to keep me healthy....more info
  • i love this magazine
    I look forward to seeing the next issue for this magazine every month. I've been buying this magazine since 2001 and it's really inspirational. Unlike some of the other magazines, the women don't look muscular, look very toned and healthy. I especially love the monthly cut-out section near the end of the magazine. I've collected these over the years, and having a full exercise session saves a lot of time. If I want to look great in jeans, I'll just flip to the section called "look great in jeans" and follow all the exercises. I love that almost all the exercises can be done right in your own home without going to a gym! Amazing. It has such a pleasant design too... I highly recommend....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
  • self mag.
    love the magazine. BUT received last months issue and this months issue same day. not too impressed with the circulation dept or who ever sends them out....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
  • This is the best magazine ever!
    I have been a faithful subscriber for approximately 10 years. This is the magazine that impatiently wait for every month. It has beauty tips, interesting articles, fitness information, etc. I even gave my mother a gift subscription. It's the best....more info
  • Self
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

  • Love it
    It took about a month and a half to get my first issue. I knew it was going to take a little while to process. It didn't matter to me when I recieved it, as long as I did! It's a great magazine that really relates to women. I love the articles and it's not all about excersing. They give great tips on makeup and clothes. Check it out!...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 love this magazine!
    My Self subscription started when Women's Sports & Fitness was cancelled. While it's not quite as athletic as that magazine was, Self has an extra emphasis on participation rather than competition. They use "reader models" in a lot of their photo spreads, and really emphasize the idea of a healthy and strong body, over an idealized "fashion model" body. Articles discuss the latest gym class crazes, nutrition and supplement breakthroughs, and debunking of fad diets. They do include some fashion (focus on workout apparel) and makeup (emphasis on natural look and healthy skin) info, but this is not a foo-foo Cosmo magazine. There are healthy recipes, workout plans targeting a new body part monthly, and creative ways to workout outside the gym as well as inside. Overall, this magazine focuses on real women's lives and how to make them healthier, happier, and more fit. There's a lot of practical advice here that is very applicable to most people's lives....more info
  • You don't have to have a perfect body for this magazine
    At last a fitness magazine for real people. I love how this magazine covers many different topics, and often does so in a very realistic way. To me, magazines like Cosmo and Glamour really don't represent real life. Nor do they have pictures of real women in the magazine.
    I like this magazine for inspirational stories about women who got into shape. Their health articles extend past the symptoms, and often have suggestions on prevention. Their articles on nutrition are good, and once again realistic. This magazine doesn't make you feel like you have to be a size 0, but rather small changes go make a difference....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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Great for any age
    This is a really cool magazine because it's great for anybody, no matter how old you are. I read it, but my mom would probably find it interesting, too. It mainly focuses on a healthy lifestyle( healthy eating, exercise,etc.). The other good thing about it is it covers the topics of good karma and self-confidence, unlike other fitness-based magazines. A good read for anyone who likes to get high on life....more info

 

 
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