I ran an easy 3 miler and plan on doing abs and arms tonight at the gym
Weekend before last I traveled to Galveston, TX for the Ironman 70.3. On the way home I was on an aisle seat with an eleven year old little girl in the middle and a very chatty man in his 40s at the window. The guy was talking her ear off and she was super polite, but I felt bad for her (he was showing her random pictures on his phone and chatting about his entire life).
I was on my computer ignoring them, but she was obviously bored. I wanted to give her one of my magazines to read, but I stopped myself.
When I went to grab it I looked at the cover and thought headlines about “Lose Weight fast” and “Get a bikini body now!” aren’t exactly something an 11 year old should be worried about. So, I grabbed a bag of Goldfish crackers I had from my hotel room and gave her those.
Let me be clear – I LOVE magazines! I have always loved them. As a kid I would read Reader’s Digest and then Teen and Seventeen. Now I subscribe to a ton and buy 3 at a time when I’m traveling.
More than anything I think most of the magazines I read are somewhat superficial, but not necessarily detrimental to my self esteem.
But, the fact that I stopped myself from handing it to an 11 year old – what does that say?
Question: Do you think fitness magazines are appropriate for kids or teens? At what age are they appropriate?