Listen Up: 10 Life-Bettering Health & Wellness Podcasts
Hear ye, hear ye … feeling better about yourself is just a click and a listen away. Thanks to a flood of health and wellness podcasts, you can get into the swim of things without having to dive into time-consuming endeavors like books or videos.
Because the topic of podcasts has drawn you in, we’ll keep this blog short and offer you a great start – 10 popular podcasts plus a link to many more, courtesy of Prevention.com and their 25 Fascinating Health and Fitness Podcasts to Get Obsessed With in 2019.
Here are 10 of the best health and fitness podcasts that’ll keep you informed, entertained and inspired while you strive to be lighter and healthier. Many are available on iTunes. Just follow the hyperlinks to hook up.
If you’ve ever wondered whether essential oils can really cure your migraines or if the 7-minute workout is actually effective, then Gimlet Media’s spunky Science Vs is for you. In each episode, host Wendy Zukerman tackles a hot topic and breaks it down, providing science-based facts so you can form an educated opinion.
Whether you’re an avid runner or just starting out with dreams of running a marathon, you’ll find Ali on the Run both useful and inspiring. Host Ali Feller sits down with everyday runners, professional marathoners, and entrepreneurs in the running world to learn what has driven them and glean some applicable life lessons.
The overwhelming amount of health and wellness content out there these days can be hard to sift through. If you’d like your health news a little more curated, then check out Optimal Health Daily, which scours the web for the best blog content, then reads it. They address the latest health trends and your most pressing questions on topics like intermittent fasting, flu vaccinations, flossing, and more.
In each episode of Hurdle, host Emily Abbate chats with someone who has overcome an obstacle or tough times by incorporating wellness into their lives. Guests have included the co-founder of Headspace, the creator of TRX, magazine editors, and athletes, who share valuable insight into how they’ve overcome hurdles in creative ways, from meditation to cycling in the Swiss Alps.
While not a traditional health and fitness podcast, the New York Times column “Modern Love” is an excellent choice for those interested in mental health and the complexities of interpersonal relationships. For its podcast format, the heart-wrenching personal essays are read by celebrities and delve into real human stories—sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes funny or uplifting—about experiences like grieving a loved one or online dating.
For some serious health and fitness motivation, who better to inspire than an ultra-marathoner like Rich Roll? Featuring intimate, intense conversations with health experts, nutritionists, and even artists and entertainers, the podcast seeks to empower listeners to “unleash your best, most authentic self.”
What happens when you have a panic attack live on Good Morning America? For ABC newsman Dan Harris, he turned — skeptically — to meditation. In the podcast, he interviews executives, musicians, and even a former Guardian Angel to learn about what drew them to meditation, what their own practices look like, and whether it’s helped them become a little happier.
TEDTalks are known for providing big ideas in short timeframes, and the TEDTalks Health podcast curates some of the best health-related talks from their conferences and events. One episode dives into a fascinating explanation of how cancer cells communicate; another highlights a program that trains grandmothers in Zimbabwe to treat depression. Each enlightening episode is brimming with ideas to inspire and uplift.
With an eye toward the high rates of depression and addiction within the creative community, comedian Paul Gilmartin interviews comedians, artists, writers, friends (and doctors too) about their experiences to normalize and de-stigmatize mental illness. For those who struggle with a mental illness, The Mental Illness Happy Hour is a safe place for people to openly discuss fears and traumas they don’t feel comfortable discussing anywhere else.
Think bedtime stories are just for little kids? Think again. Inspired by his own childhood insomnia, host Drew Ackerman started the Sleep With Me podcast, in which he tells long, meandering stories that are funny and interesting but really just meant to lull you to sleep. Considering the podcast has been going strong for six years now, it’s clearly helping people catch their z’s.
We’d be remiss if we left out our all-time favorite (recent) Texan, Tim Ferriss.
The co-founder of Uber never fails to make our work drive satisfying.
The Tim Ferriss Show is often the #1 business podcast on all of Apple Podcasts, but we’re talking to you about health and wellness so we want you to listen to Tim’s The 4-Hour Body – 4HB podcast. Recent topics include Can You Rewire Your Brain In Two Weeks? One Man’s Attempt; The Truth About “Homeopathic” Medicine; Are Saunas the Next Big Performance-Enhancing “Drug”?; and Ten Popular Diets — Which Work and Which Are Hype?
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John McGran has been writing about health and weight loss for several national companies since 2000. He brings his knowledge of diets — and his passion for dropping pounds — to Meal Plan Map because he believes it is the future of smart, stress-free eating and improved health.