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Shape or Fitness Magazine
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Date: 11/3/06 12:31 PM

Being the good aunt, I'm ordering magazines through my niece's school program. They don't offer an option to renew my Threads subscription, so I'm forced to get something else.

I'm looking at Shape and Fitness magazines. Anyone get either? I'd love to know how they're different.

Wish I had thought about this while I was at the grocery this morning...
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Date: 11/3/06 12:56 PM

Leslie, I get Shape and really like it. I used to read a lot of Fitness too, and like that one as well. I just got a great deal on subbing to Shape, so that's why I picked *that*, LOL! It used to be (haven't read Fitness in about 2 years so it may have changed) that Fitness had more "mind/body/soul" related articles as well as recipes and Shape was a little more purely physical/work out oriented. The only thing I don't care for in Shape is that they do have a lot of exercises for the gym which requires special equipment and I don't go to a gym so those are useless to me, but they may be great if you work out at a gym. HTH!

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Date: 11/3/06 1:08 PM

That's *exactly* what I wanted to know, Eva. Thanks!

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Date: 11/3/06 9:01 PM

My daughter is selling the magazines for school as well. I was dissapointed at the lack of sewing/craft magazines.

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Date: 11/3/06 9:24 PM

I used to get Shape for several years, but never could find time to read them. (It's hard enough to get in time to read my sewing mags too!). But when I did get a chance to read them, the articles were IMO really great. Still have a stack of about 12 that need to be read though.

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Date: 11/3/06 10:24 PM

Leslie, I personally like Fitness better than Shape. As Evatgirl said, Fitness includes more "mind, body, & sprirt," while Shape is more about getting "buff." Honestly, though, I rarely buy either, because of all the mags from this genre, my fave is Self.

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Date: 11/3/06 10:34 PM

I was just going to say I like Self better than either one too. I used to get Shape. I believe I got Fitness too, but it was a long time ago, so now I forgot why I switched. Maybe just didn't need two similair magazines.
I think fitness has all the ads on them with diet ads? One of them does, its annoying. I think a trip to the grocery store to look at each one might be a good idea...


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Date: 11/4/06 9:08 AM

So how is Self different from the others? I'll run to the bookstore today to check all these mags out, but would love the insights of those of you who have been reading each for a while.

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Date: 11/4/06 8:00 PM

Can't help with Self, but my DD(now aged 29) used to buy(a few years ago) Fitness regularly, but now buys Shape.She likes it better because it doesn't push dieting things. She also uses a gym, so specific exercises suits her needs.
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Date: 11/4/06 8:22 PM

Here's my experience with regard to Shape: I subscribed a few years ago, but canceled after 2 or 3 issues. I found the pictures to be very unrealistic and depressing. The models are too young and too perfect. The covers are a bit revealing as well. I have a friend who subscribes (she's a fitness instructor) and she removes the covers so as not to warp her tween daughter. I quit subscribing so as not to warp myself.

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