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Between navigating busy schedules and balancing friends and family, it’s hard to find time for self-care let alone to stay on top of the latest health and fitness trends. Luckily, health podcasts are the multitasker’s best friend. They let us listen to the most entertaining and trusted voices in the wellness industry stress-free while we walk the dog, run, commute, or even cook dinner. And as a testament to their accessibility, they’re more popular than ever.
Not sure what a podcast is? A podcast is a series of audio episodes dedicated to a specific theme, story, or topic. Think of it like a pre-recorded radio interview.
Health and fitness pods are an expanding category within the already booming medium. And as much as we love a good old-fashioned paperback, the best podcasts are just as informational, and they provide us with the satisfaction of educating ourselves at almost no cost. Plus, the often frank and *quirky hosts can make serious topics hilarious and relatable. You can sit down with Hoda Kotb and Oprah Winfrey as they discuss long-lasting friendship or step into Esther Perel’s office as she works through the intimate problems of anonymous couples.
While simply listening to a podcast may not have an impact on your health, they can offer expert-backed guidance and inspiration to help us live our healthiest, most balanced lives. No time for a personal trainer, life coach, or nutritionist? Here are the best food, fitness, sex, and health podcasts to tune in to in 2022.
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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.
Food Psych Podcast, hosted by Christy Harrison, R.D., M.P.H., C.D.N., aims to breakdown women’s disordered relationships with food, body image, size acceptance, and more. She opens up about her own journey with disordered eating and offers tips to help others improve their relationships with food and body image. Harrison also calls out the fad diet and weight loss gimmicks that fuel the diet culture in America.
If you’re ready to get serious about wellness and beauty but don’t have time to sort through all the fast-passing fads, then let Mara Schiavocampo do the work for you! The four-time Emmy award-winning tv personality and journalist wades through the most recent trends to deliver a fun and fresh look at everything wellness from the “No Shower Trend” to the best “CBD Sleep Mints.”
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 (with author permission). 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 (not interviews, he insists) with health experts, nutritionists, and even artists and entertainers, the podcast seeks to empower listeners to “unleash your best, most authentic self.”
10% Happier with Dan Harris
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.
The Mental Illness Happy Hour
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 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 space 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 (also known as “Scooter” to his listeners), started the Sleep With Me podcast, in which he tells long, meandering stories that are funny and interesting, but designed to lull you to sleep. Considering the podcast has been going strong for six years now, it’s clearly helping people catch their Zzz’s.
The Wellness Mama Podcast
As most moms know, trying to balance motherhood with fitness and self-care (and, well, everything else) is challenging to say the least. That’s why Katie Wells—host and founder of popular mom blog Wellness Mama—started a podcast to share tips for healthy eating, exercise, stress, sleep, and more, all while managing life with kids as well.
The Doctor’s Kitchen
Love food and listening to people talk about food science? Tune in to Dr. Rupy’s fascinating interviews with farmers, neuroscientists, cooks, and nutritionists. Through this holistic look at food and medicine, you’ll better understand how to improve your health with each delicious bite.
The Nutrition Diva’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Eating Well and Feeling Fabulous
If you want to pack in a short podcast rather than commit to hour-long shows, then check out The Nutrition Diva. In bite-sized, 10 minute episodes, Monica Reinagel, a licensed nutritionist and culinary school grad with an MS in human nutrition, addresses the science behind the latest health trends, like mushroom coffee, and offers simple tips on how to guard against common illnesses, increase your intake of certain nutrients, and more.
This is a comedy podcast for people who like fitness (or is it a fitness podcast for people who like comedy?). Either way, hosts Eugene Cordero and Ryan Stanger—improv comedians with professional fitness backgrounds—take a refreshingly lighthearted approach to wellness. They manage to be both entertaining and motivating at the same time, delivering useful information without sacrificing their fun tone.
For those interested in the scientific links between diet and health, tune in to the Found My Fitness podcast. With a PhD in biomedical science, host Rhonda Perciavalle Patrick aims to challenge the status quo while promoting wellbeing by using cold hard science. She interviews experts on fascinating topics like how Alzheimer’s disease could be reversed and whether the keto diet can increase lifespan.
The Food Heaven Podcast
You can tell from their conversations that Food Heaven Podcast hosts Wendy and Jess are best buds IRL. As registered dietitians with master’s degrees in nutrition and certified diabetes educators (yes, both of them), they know their stuff when it comes to healthy eating and bring that wealth of knowledge to their weekly podcast in the form of healthy living tips and interviews with experts.
Calling all fitness nerds! If you want to hear experts and researchers weigh in on everything from the importance of fascia to how the fitness landscape is changing, then this is the podcast for you. By focusing on both the business of fitness and the science behind it, Pete McCall gives a true behind-the-scenes look at the world of fitness.
Whether you take your coffee blended with butter or not, Bulletproof Radio from tech entrepreneur and biohacker Dave Asprey is worth a listen as he takes listeners along on a journey of upgrading the human body through the use of technology. Speaking with a range of guests from CEOs to scientists, Asprey explores intriguing ideas like living longer and pushing the boundaries of conventional medicine with technology.
The Fat-Burning Man Show
The Fat Burning Man Show may seem a bit gimmicky at first, with its claims of teaching listeners to drop fat without giving up delicious food or hitting the gym six days a week. But host Abel James simply promotes clean eating, without starving yourself or counting calories, and at the same time, sheds light on the health industry and how deceptive advertising and marketing tactics continue to prolong the obesity epidemic. It’s fascinating stuff.
Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel
Somehow, love can feel like the best feeling in the world and the absolute worst at the same time, whether romantic, platonic, or parental. Iconic couples therapist and New York Times best-selling author Esther Perel talks to real couples about intimate problems from sexlessness to loss to privilege. And it’s not always romantic partners. Step into the office of one of today’s most influential relationship therapists, listen to these raw and relatable stories, and (perhaps) gain some insight to bring to your own love life.
Marathon Training Academy
Have you ever dreamed of running a marathon? The Marathon Training Academy podcast offers stories of people who have gone the distance, as well as practical, real world advice to “unlock your potential to master marathon training and life.” Host Angie Spencer is a coach, marathoner, and registered nurse who explains how to go from couch to marathon and shares actionable tips for pacing yourself.
Calling all yogis! Host Peg Mulqueen, who has a master’s in psychology and two decades of yoga practice under her belt, talks with a range of Ashtanga yoga teachers and students about their practices, ranging from deep, philosophical conversations to the science behind yoga poses.
Ultrarunner, cookbook author, and vegetarian Matt Frazier wants to dispel the notion that all serious athletes must eat meat. Without being sanctimonious, he chats with fitness experts about the benefits of a plant-based diet and how it can promote weight loss, boost your speed and energy levels, and more.
Biochemist, author, and podcast host Katy Bowman is a leader of The Movement Movement, which claims our society has become too sedentary and people should move more, and the Nutritious Movement, which advocates for not only overall movement, but also a focus on moving our individual parts, from the head to the toes. Bowman’s conversations, which touch on topics like breathing, the power of gardening, and better sleep habits, will inspire you to move more every day in surprising ways.
Making Space with Hoda Kotb
Finding new wells of inspiration isn’t just for the new year. TODAY host Hoda Kotb inspires her listeners by interviewing the people she admires most––Oprah Winfrey, Sheryl Crow, and Jenna Bush Hager, to name a few. These are stories of personal triumph, self-discovery, and resilience to help fuel your spirit.
Not to toot our own horn, but Prevention Australia’s menopause podcast has everything you love about the magazine: Compelling and trustworthy health coverage with expert-backed advice on how to make this confusing period in midlife easier. How do you handle those unexpected symptoms? What’s the difference between perimenopause and menopause? They know how overwhelmed you are and are here to help.
The fitness world is oversaturated with exercise tips and tricks, some of which seem to be more myth than fact. Sam & Taylor bring an entertaining and no BS approach to exercise to help listeners reach their health goals. These uncensored personalities offer practical advice while speaking to their favorite industry experts.
Embodiment coach, teacher, and mentor Beatrice Kamau asks, “are you ready to step into your worthiness and magnetism?” Self-love is one of the hardest things to achieve, yet it provides the groundwork for everything wellness. Be gentle with yourself and listen to Kamau coach you through your limiting relationships and beliefs.
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