Over the past few years, podcasting has become an excellent way to gain knowledge on just about any subject under the sun. Today, the average person listens to around 22 minutes of podcasts a week. Below are eight shows that might make you increase that number.
If your usual exercise routine is an hour on the elliptical or a few sets on the weight machines, Katy Bowman has something to offer you. Her approach looks at the whole body holistically and mimics what the body was doing before modern advancements and living made us divide our time between sitting at a desk and pounding out an hour of repetitive exercises. She even boasts about not owning a lick of furniture in her home. TONE: Energetic and warm, Katy provides helpful tips and tricks each episode.
The One You Feed
Of all the podcast titles on our list, this one has the strangest title. The name actually comes from a Buddhist parable though. A grandfather tells his grandchild, “There are two wolves fighting inside us. One represents negative emotions: greed, guilt, disgust. The other is positive emotions: love, acceptance, kindness.” The child asks, “Which one lives?” And the grandfather answers, “The one you feed.” This podcast is about discovering ways to “feed your good wolf.” Topics like willpower, handling setbacks and switching off envy are discussed by everyone from start-up CEOs to spiritual enthusiasts, proving we are all looking for ways to let light triumph over darkness. TONE: Refreshing, motivational and inspiring. A good podcast for the dreamers.
The Model Health Show
With over 6.5 million listener downloads and a huge array of valuable show topics, The Model Health Show is hands down one of the best podcast available for health and fitness. Shawn Stevenson speaks from experience and provides tons of research to back up all of the incredible knowledge that is dropped. Shawn and his co-host, Jade Harrell, work very well together as they feed you their “nutritional nuggets.” I always feel smarter when I listen to this podcast; they make science fun again. TONE: Informative, data driven nutrition with humorous undertones to keep you smiling while you fuel your mind about your health.
No Meat Athlete
Author and 100-mile ultramarathoner Matt Frazier educates us on the many benefits to embracing a meatfree athletic lifestyle. Don’t think it can be done? Venus Williams, Nick Diaz, Tia Blanco and Carl Lewis are already doing it. The podcast isn’t about labels or preaching, though. Instead, it’s about discovering the healthiest, happiest version of you, and that means being active while eating a plant-based diet. TONE: A beginner’s guide to going vegan.
Minimalism is what gets us past things so we can make room for life’s most important things—which actually aren’t things at all. At age 30, best friends Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus walked away from their six-figure corporate careers, abandoned most of their material possessions, and started focusing on what truly matters: life with less stuff. TONE: Talking to your grandparents. Waking up with a smile. Chewing your food. You’ll start to do these more often.
Joe De Sena is the co-founder of the Death Race, Spartan Race and more. He has completed the famously grueling Iditarod dogsledding race by foot. He also finished the Badwater Ultramarathon (135 miles at over 120 degrees F), Vermont 100, and Lake Placid Ironman—all in the same week. This is his podcast. The man is a maniac, and he’s a very strategic business man. Conversations with superstars like Tim Ferriss, endurance runner Amelia Boone, and Dave Asprey of Bulletproof will keep you motivated on the most gloomy winter days, and yes, inspire you to sign up for one of his obstacle course races. TONE: Listen in for some serious PEDs: performance-enhancing details.
Rich Roll Podcast
No, you are not being Rick-rolled. Rich Roll is a 50-year-old, accomplished vegan ultra-endurance athlete and a full-time wellness and plant-based nutrition advocate. The podcasts are normally much longer than the norm, running over an hour, but Rich brings on a variety of guests to share knowledge about endurance training, being vegan, CrossFit and business. I personally like the episode with Ryan Holiday about ego being our No. 1 enemy. TONE: Focus on positive, high quality nutrition, open your mind to new things.
In the CrossFit world, Ben Bergeron is a legend. He currently trains four CrossFit Games competitors: Michele Letendre, Mat Fraser, reigning Games champion Katrin Davidsdottir and Cole Sager. With all of the knowledge and experience Ben retains, Chasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, both inside and outside the gym. On each episode, Ben dives into various aspects of running an affiliate, becoming a better coach or athlete, and maximizing your potential. TONE: Ben has a no BS approach to his methods.