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One Decade Down, One Revolution Ahead

Ten years ago, I had this crazy idea: I wanted to create a healthy-living magazine with substance — one that would help change people’s lives and maybe even help change the world.

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I envisioned a magazine unencumbered by fluff and fantasy, undiluted by false promises. I wanted to get past obsessions with the hyperperfected body, and get to the heart of whole-life health and happiness.

Against all odds, I found an enthusiastic partner and publisher in what was then a nonpublishing company — Life Time Fitness. And it’s a good thing I did, because no conventional publishing company would ever have let us do what we’ve done. Over the past decade, this wild experiment — Experience Life — has broken just about every rule in the book.

Sensationalized cover blurbs? We don’t do those. Ten quick ways to drop 10 pounds overnight? Not so much. A sea of 100-word blurbs and formulaic sound bites that grab your attention but don’t actually teach you much? We don’t see the point.

There are plenty of magazines out there doing a fine job with that formula, and for the people who find themselves helped and inspired by them, that’s great. But what we’ve learned over the past 10 years is that there are also a whole lot of people (we currently reach about 2.7 million of them) who are interested in going deeper, getting out ahead on important issues, and seeing the bigger picture of what it means to live a healthy, happy, authentic life.

Speaking of life, in honor of our 10-year anniversary, we’ve redesigned the magazine — and as part of that effort, we brought the word “life” out of hiding in our title. We did so because it turned out that  our previous masthead logo was confusing the heck out of people. Were we Experience? Life Experience? We think it’s clearer now: Experience Life.

And the exclamation point is not just a fun design element. It’s there to send a message — about the exciting and extraordinary rewards that come from living consciously and well.

Which brings us to our new motto: “Being Healthy Is a Revolutionary Act.” What does that mean? First, it’s an acknowledgment that choosing to be a healthy person is not a small or insignificant thing. On the contrary, it’s a really big deal. It involves bucking all kinds of unhealthy norms and trends, and overcoming all sorts of obstacles.

Every day, health-minded people do challenging, unconventional and sometimes uncomfortable things that most people are unwilling to do. In our minds, that’s revolutionary stuff.

Second, our new motto is intended as an honoring and emboldening mantra. It’s an affirmation of the fact that by choosing to be healthy, you help to make the world a better place. You change not just your own life, but the lives of everyone around you. You are capable of being and giving more. The healthier you are, the more energy and willingness you have to see and be the change the world needs now.

Of course, we’ve made lots of changes inside the magazine, too. You’ll find we’ve divided our content into four key areas (Well Informed, Fit Body, Healthy Eating, Life Wisdom) and that we’ve evolved a number of the departments within those content neighborhoods. I won’t bore you with all the details (many of which our entire talented team sweated and fretted over enough as it is). Instead, I’ll let you discover the new goodies yourself.

What you’ll see is that we’ve done a fair bit of remodeling and reorganizing. But we didn’t mess too much with the DNA of this thing. Because based on what you’ve been telling us — that you appreciate the ways we are different, that we’re helping you make positive changes that matter — we didn’t think we needed to.

So here we go, striding bravely into decade number two. We want to hear what you think, and what you want next. Drop us a line, or get in touch via Twitter or Facebook to give us your two cents. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this issue and that, like us, you are already looking forward to the revolutionary path ahead.

So happy to be traveling with you!

Pilar Gerasimo is the founding editor of Experience Life.

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