Improve Your Bod on the Go With These Health and Fitness Podcasts
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It wasn’t all that long ago that the only thing people were blasting in their ears was the latest Spotify album release. Now morning commutes and long drives are filled with everything from true crime tales to audio episode recaps of TV shows, and just about everything in between, thanks to the exploding popularity of podcasts.
While we love a good political rant or celebrity gossip dish sesh as much as the next person, why not maximize the little free time you have by making your greater self even greater. It doesn’t matter if you’re a three-time Marathon vet or you hit the gym about once a month, we can all use a little health and fitness enlightenment.
With that said, here’s a roundup of the best health and fitness podcasts that are set to provide workout motivation and inspiration via firsthand accounts, expert interviews, deep dives into controversial hacks, and so much more.
Best Health and Fitness Podcasts
6. Mind Pump
Best Comedic Relief Podcast: Joe Rogan Experience
Joe Rogan may have made his name from “Fear Factor” back in the early 2000s but today he’s known for his comedy, his UFC promotion and his all-around badassness which includes his podcasts. It’s ranked as one of the most popular podcasts across all genres for a reason. Rogan combines motivation, knowledge, comedy and straight talk into an all-encompassing show that has become a beast of its own.
Best (Recent) Joe Rogan Episodes:
Best Health Insight Podcast: TEDTalks Health
From mental health to physical strength, the TEDTalks Health podcast broadcasts health-related talks presented onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events, and partner events around the world. The enlightening talks focus on research-driven findings and actionable results making them of interest for people all across the wellness and fitness spectrum.
Best TEDTalks Health Episodes:
- Episode 5/15/19: What You Should Know About Vaping and E-Cigarettes
- Episode 1/17/19: A Life-Saving Device That Detects Silent Heart Attacks
- Episode 4/3/18: Math Can Help Uncover Cancer’s Secrets
Best Bio-Hackers Podcast: The Tim Ferriss Show
It was a tough call between Tim Ferriss’ podcast and Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Radio, but in the end, Ferriss proves to be a more engaging host. He digs deep and is incessant when it comes to asking non-obvious questions. Plus, he’s really the OG in the biohacking, self-experimenter realm. His interview guests range from supermodel Karlie Kloss and burlesque star Dita Von Teese to Navy SEAL/athlete Nick Norris and SoulCycle founder Julie Rice. He covers a wide spectrum of topics ranging from micro-dosing to curing cancer to new approaches to blood testing.
Best The Tim Ferriss Show Episodes:
- Episode 377: Microdosing, Mind-Enhancing Methods, and More
- Episode 372: Co-Founding SoulCycle, Taming Anxiety and Mastering Difficult Conversations
- Episode 333: Fasting, Biohacking and Tony Robbins
Best Alternative Medicine Podcast: The Doctor’s Farmacy
The Doctor’s Farmacy is Dr. Mark Hyman’s podcast. If you don’t know Dr. Hyman, he’s the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center and a pioneer in the East meets West realm of medicine, which he calls functional medicine. As an actual medical doctor, he brings credibility to topics that can seem woo-woo like how the gluten in the bread we eat may affect brain health or how you can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s with your fork. Most episodes are centered around interviews with leading doctors and researchers, but he also does mini solo episodes to address controversial findings featured in recent medical journal studies (think: do eggs actually cause heart disease?).
Best The Doctor’s Farmacy Episodes:
- Episode 61: Are We Eating Too Much (or Not Enough) Protein for Good Health?
- Episode 44: Growing a New Body Through Science and Shamanism
- Episode 48: The Secret Power of Fasting for Longevity and Healing
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Best Fitness Business Podcast: Highway to Well
Hosted by the founders of the iconic Blueprint Cleanse – a company the duo sold in 2012 – Highway to Well features interviews with leading entrepreneurs in the wellness space. It’s hard to remember now, but when Erica Huss and Zoë Sakoutis founded Blueprint cleansing was not commonplace nomenclature. They were true disruptors in the field, but what makes them particularly appealing is their honest conversations with the experts they interview. Whether they’re talking to life coaches or meditation gurus they not only manage to reveal insightful new findings, but divulge information on their own struggles, including failed businesses post Blueprint.
Best Highway to Well Episodes:
- Episode 56: CEO of Chopt Nick Marsh
- Episode 24: CEO of Pressed Juicery Carly de Castro
- Episode 2: Sakara Life co-founders Danielle DuBoise and Whitney Tingle
Best Weight Training Podcast: Mind Pump
Sal Di Stefano is a fitness savant and he uses this knowledge to beat conventional wisdom about fitness into submission. Needless to say, this podcast, which he co-hosts with Adam Schafer and Justin Andrews, lives up its billing, it’s raw and uncompromising. Sometimes the language can make even a rowdy teenage blush – the hosts do describe themselves as Howard Stern meets fitness – but the unfiltered (and unscripted) approach is what makes it great. Not to mention it’s incredibly entertaining as well.
Best Mind Pump Episodes:
- Episode 671: Building Muscle While Training for Endurance
- Episode 1092: Things You Must Do If You Are A Hardgainer
Best Body-Builders Podcast: Barbell Shrugged
Hosted by movement obsessed fitness experts Mike Bledsoe, Doug Larson and Kenny Kane, Barbell Shrugged explores all topics related to bodybuilding and CrossFit including interviews with devoted participants and coaches. Topics range from reasons for lower back pain to building a successful coaching business to why you should stop obsessing about body fat percentage even if you’re trying to build muscle.
Best Barbell Shrugged Episodes:
- Episode 410: What it Takes to Be a CrossFit Games Athlete
- Episode 397: Building a Badass Bench Press
- Episode 306: The Science of Ketones, Lactic Acid and More
Best Trendy Wellness Podcast: Mind Body Green
Goop may get more glory, but Mind Body Green not only has overlap in terms of guests and content, but fewer commercial interruptions. On this podcast the founder and CEO of wellness website Mind Body Green, Jason Wachob, interviews industry experts to discuss topics ranging from how to eat for stellar gut health to how to slow down the process of aging. Experts include leading alternative medicine specialists, boldface founders of companies like Whole Foods and celebrities like supermodel Gisele Bündchen.
Best Mind Body Green Episodes:
- Episode 128: How Chris Kresser Overcame Chronic Parasites & Healed His Gut
- Episode 120: Wellness Trends That Are Here to Stay
Best Expecting Dads Podcast: Dr. Berlin’s Informed Pregnancy Podcast
It’s only once your partner becomes pregnant that you realize how little most of us know about how the female body actually works – let alone all the complications that can arise during pregnancy, childbirth and the early stages of raising a child. In his podcast, Dr. Berlin, a prenatal chiropractor, childbirth educator and labor doula, presents unbiased information relevant to soon-to-be and new parents via interviews with experts and some of his expecting mother patients… who, for the most part, happen to be A-list celebrities ranging from Amanda Seyfried to Hilary Duff.
Best Dr. Berlin’s Informed Pregnancy Podcast Episodes:
Whether you’re going for a run or lifting weights at the gym, let these health and fitness podcasts serve as motivation to push yourself a little further, break a sweat and improve your overall wellbeing.
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