THE 12 BEST HEALTH AND FITNESS PODCASTS
TEAM JDP Health and Fitness are here to provide you with some much needed Fitspo for your next commute or long run.
Podcasts are having a moment. More than 8 million episodes have been published on iTunes – a tenth of the number of humans on Earth. But which of the many thousands are the best health and fitness podcasts interesting enough to forgo your morning Instagram addiction for?
Right now, 500 are trending in the health charts – however, there’s plenty more health, wellness and fitness-themed podcasts beyond this ranking. And, did you know that if you’re a runner, podcasts could potentially help your pace. Canadian researchers found that when you run to your favourite playlists, your brain will naturally synchronise your movements to the beat of the music. Running without the beat of the music gives, say when listening to a health podcast, can increase your awareness of your cadence and stride, allowing you to reassess your goals and performance.
So, to start you off on your best health podcasts journey, we have revealed our top health and fitness podcasts.
1. The Food Medic by Dr Hazel Wallace
Join Womens Health columnist Dr Hazel Wallace and guests as she debunks nutrition myths, dietary rumours and training fads. With a gold lineup of experts in their field, if you’re into nutrition and the way diet can affect your overall health, this isn’t one to miss.
2. Feel Better, Live More by Dr Rangan Chatterjee
Dr Chatterjee has practiced medicine for nearly 20 years and hosts BBC programme Doctor In The House, where he helps families plan their lives around healthier choices. In his podcast, he meets with industry professionals, doctors and researchers to attempt to uncover the truth behind common health myths. If you’re interested in gut health, microbes and the fundamental systems in the body, this is a must-listen.
3. Deliciously Ella: The Podcast
She’s one of the best selling cookery authors in the world and member of the original healthy eating is cool bridage–of course, we’re talking about Deliciously Ella. Queen of vegan and plant based eating has teamed up with partner Matt to bring listeners podcasts covering wide ranging topics, from veganism and climate change to gut health. Not one to miss.
4. The Joe Rogan experience
One if you want a laugh. Catch comedian Joe Rogan Not all episodes are health-related, but the ones that are are so good, they’d shouldn’t be missed. Think Robb Wolf, former research biochemist and author of the New York Times bestselling The Paleo Solution and Chris Kelly Starett, internationally-renowned Crossfit trainer. These are long listens, perfect for walks to work or marathon training runs.
5. Muscle For Life podcast
Mike Matthews, author of Bigger Leaner Stronger and Thinner Leaner Stronger, uses his podcast to give advice on all aspects of fitness, tailored to men and women. And hear real life stories from clients to discuss who’ve overcome gym intimidation and achieved personal weight-loss transformations.
6. Runners World podcast
Runner’s World really do know how to make one of the best health podcasts. Plus, they have all the right industry contacts to include stellar lineup of running VIPs, too. From endurance athletes, trail runners and ultramarathoners, there’s an inspiring story from all sides of the run-sphere.
7. Radio Headspace
The majority of you will have tried Headspace, the app that soothes you through daily guided meditations. Join the team behind the app and athletes, explorers, adventurers and scientists to discuss the ever-pressing question of what the mind is truly capable of.
8. Sleep With Me
If you’ve ever struggled with how to sleep or battled insomnia, listen here. Drew Ackerman is the creator and host of Sleep With Me, and invented the bedtime story podcast when struggling with sleep himself.
His aim? To combine the pain of insomnia with the relief of laughing, and turn it into a storytelling podcast. Don’t ever feel alone in the deep dark night again—sometimes you just need a bedtime story.
9. TEDTalks Health
TEDTalks Health is our go-to source for daily health habits and new medical breakthroughs. Doctors and researchers present their discoveries onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events, and partner events across the globe.
10. Found My Fitness
Dr. Rhonda Patrick is our go-to trusted source for all things health. She is always up on the latest research on aging, physical performance, brain health, cancer, nutrition, and way more! In her podcast, Dr. Patrick breaks down the sometimes highly technical (and long!) studies and gives you the juicy details so that you don’t have to dive into the full research paper yourself.
11. Ben Greenfield Fitness
Ben Greenfield delivers priceless episodes on fitness, biohacking, fat loss, anti-aging, and so much more in this podcast. Tune in for the latest research and interviews with top health professionals, as well as Q&As.
12. Yoga Peeps
Started way back in 2006, Yoga Peeps is a podcast about yoga, Yogis, and the yoga lifestyle.
Bonus Podcast!! The Bill Simmons Podcast
This is the most downloaded sports podcast of all time… and for good reason. Join Bill Simmons, from The Ringer and HBO, as he interviews a slew of celebs and athletes about sports.