We never think how the world around us influences our decision making process. Sports magazines are no exception; unless we never read them, of course. We make comparisons; scoff if an athlete we don’t like makes any announcement countering our own thoughts or judgment.
Watching games, races bouts on television brings us face-to-face with the athletes and the events. Not so often do we learn about all the struggles that came with being the best. Journalists writing for Sports Magazines will often pick such human interest stories about athletes and report not only their successes but also their struggles. The ups and downs of some well-known baseball players, or a few boxers, for instance, would have to teach any reader that fame is not only fleeting, it can be downright cruel.
A magazine will give us the luxury to interrupt reading and pick it up again two hours later at a more convenient time, right where we left off. We missed nothing. Not only that, we can read it again in a week or two should we need to clarify in our mind what the story purported. We can even take the magazine with us physically in order to make a point to a buddy who does not believe us.
With regard to those who believe that Sports Magazines are being replaced by the internet and television, we would hope that they are wrong. Sure, information can be distributed so much quicker on those medias but call me old-fashioned if you want; there is nothing like feeling the paper that we are reading, in our hands. Turning the pages to see the continuation of a good story is something the internet can’t give to you. It can give me a watered-down version with forward or backward arrows, but that’s just not the same. A good Sports Magazine will give a person all the information they want or need, packaged in one neat magazine so that they can pick and choose what they want to read or what picture they want to see first.
Sports Magazines are all about movement. Many unnamed couch potatoes may receive a subliminal message from these magazines. Seeing a magazine from cover to cover full of strong, trim, physically fit bodies dominating every page may make us take a good look at ourselves and our level of activity. Just looking at those athletes may give some people the needed punch to climb that hurdle, to catapult out of that easy chair. Ads in the magazines will tell us where we can buy the shoes that will give us the best traction when we speed down the fat-free food isle. We will find ads for the gyms, some of which may actually be in the neighborhood. Slowly, we may reset our mindset to getting fit and becoming more like our sports idols. No one needs to set themselves up for failure by proclaiming to becoming the next tennis star, but we certainly can push ourselves a little to become healthier.