George Carlin used to poke fun during his comedy act, "Walking Magazine? What's next, Breathing Magazine?" Walking is the most popular sports activity in the USA, more than double any other, and a dedicated magazine served walkers for years. But Walking Magazine ceased publication in 2001, as did Maggie Spilner's Prevention Walking Club Newsletter.
What magazines can walkers turn to now that Walking is gone? My recommendations for magazines for walkers:
For walkers interested in weight management and general fitness, Prevention gives a full package of health related information. Each monthly issue has a walking section, with good advice. Prevention has a holistic-health focus. I am a skeptic when it comes to alternative medicine, but I find the magazine to be readable and enjoyable even for a skeptic.
For the fitness walker, racewalker, and those who want to know more about shoes and gear, Runner's World is an excellent magazine. Put away your prejudice - this magazine translates just fine for the fitness walker as well as the runner. Runner's World has lists of the technical shoe stores where they can fit your foot right, too. Simply substitute the word walk for run and walker for runner and you will be very happy with this magazine.
Walk About Magazine
This excellent magazine is published every two months and is packed full of articles of interest to walkers - about walking! Coming from the Northwest USA, it has enough information on walking to satisfy fitness walkers everywhere. Disclosure: I have written articles for this magazine without compensation.
Walk About Magazine Review
A quarterly magazine with excellent walking content. It often has more information on competitive walking than do the other magazines, with several racewalkers writing articles. But it will satisfy the fitness walker and weight loss walker as well.
Walk! Magazine Review
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