Listening to a podcast has become what I call a “productive distraction.” Productive, because I’m learning more about topics I like. Distraction, because I’m usually multitasking. I don’t just sit and listen to a podcast. I’m either driving, running, walking or cooking. But regardless of my primary activity, I think podcasts are a great form of both entertainment and information.
Take a look at the iTunes selection of shows…there are TONS. I think there is a podcast for every niche out there. Personally, I gravitate toward the a few categories: health, society & culture, news & politics and sports. I don’t love every episode in every podcast series, but the same can be said for TV shows. We have our favorites. Some podcasts are very one-sided but I like that I can expand my viewpoint and become informed rather than opinionated.
Health and Fitness Podcasts
1. Balanced Bites. I don’t follow a Paleo diet but that doesn’t mean I don’t/can’t enjoy listening to a (mostly) Paleo podcast (see above about expanding views). Jen and Liz discuss living Paleo in a modern world where slip-ups, cravings, health problems and LIFE happen. They interview health, fitness and nutrition experts about many topics ranging from food quality and allergies to skin and hair health. Each episode covers many different topics so sometimes I may listen to only a segment or two, depending on the episode.
Jen and Liz don’t shun other diets or ways of living, something we should all work on.
2. Runner’s Connect. If you are in need of some running motivation, this is the podcast for you. Each episode interviews a running industry professional (elite runners, doctors, nutritionists, race directors), and provides invaluable information for runner’s of all levels. You do not need to be a “serious runner” to gain something from this podcast. Tina Muir, a blogger and elite runner, hosts this show!
3. Lift Like A Girl. I just found this podcast from the iTunes “listeners also subscribed to” section. (Note: I’ve only listened to two episodes but enjoyed them both!) This podcast is full of no BS advice on all things health and fitness. Nia’s enthusiastic and honest personality shows as she covers topics ranging from life balance to goal-setting and nutrition.
4. America’s Test Kitchen Radio. All about food, chefs, restaurants and nutrition. Interviews with famous chefs, such as Ina Garten, discussions about diets and food-fads and TONS of kitchen tips and techniques make this a one-stop cooking help show. They also have a website, TV show and magazine. I don’t listen to this when I’m running, for obvious hunger reasons ;)
I’m cheating for #5…
5. Other favorites:
ESPN: The BS Report with Bill Simmons– if you’re a sports fan, like me
Serial– if you STILL haven’t listened…
Marathon Training Academy– if you want more running motivation and advice
Runner Academy– if you want even MORE running motivation and advice