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Health and fitness podcasts are one of my favourite ways to deepen my understanding of the human experience.
That’s one of the main reasons I decided to set up my own show, The HERO Movement Podcast.
One of the big perks of technology is the ability to download an hour-long conversation, throw it onto your mp3 player, and listen to some of the brightest, most innovative people on the planet talk about things that you love.
Rich Roll, Justin Goodheart and many others have gotten me through many a long car journey. I sometimes like to stick one on whilst I’m stretching in the morning, or when I’m out on a run. Although there are big benefits to switching off and being mindful of your movement, there’s definitely something to be said for learning on the go.
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Including my own show in amongst the greats below felt a little slimy… So here it is as a bonus podcast instead. Once a week I sit down and explore and share ideas in everything healthy living, human movement and adventure. Everything from eating well and moving mindfully, to carving out your dream career. Through informal chats and long-form interviews with industry-experts, the big goal is to entertain and provide value. It’s about actionable tips, habits & routines that allow you to reach your goals and become the best version of you.
Check out all the available episodes here.
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Plant-powered ultra-triathlete Rich Roll brings you “the brightest and most forward-thinking, paradigm-busting minds in health, fitness, nutrition, art, entertainment, entrepreneurship & spirituality”.
Rich’s show is a strong contender for my all-time favourite health and nutrition podcast. It really has changed my life in so many ways and altered the way I see the world.
Through the art of long-form conversation, Rich’s goal is to help you unlock, uncover and unleash your best, most authentic self. And he does a great job of it.
Top pick: The Spirit of Freerunner Timothy Shieff
Another one of my favourite nutrition podcasts.
Matt Frazier is the mastermind behind the awesome blog No Meat Athlete. I published a guest post here a few months ago on transitioning to a plant-based diet, along with my ultimate guide to mobility.
Along with his co-host Doug Hay, Matt shares a healthy dose of non-preachy info and inspiration for vegetarian and vegan athletes, as well as a load of great content relating to habit-forming.
Award-winning vegan author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau hosts a bi-weekly nutrition podcast all about the plant-based lifestyle.
Each episode addresses common questions and myths with regards to being vegan, including those centred around nutrition, environmentalism and more. Colleen comes with a level-headed, non-judgemental approach, which is always nice to hear.
Great for herbivores and omnivores alike
Fun fact: Dr. Hazel Wallace and I both completed our Personal Training qualifications at the Fitness Factory in Cardiff. Unlike me, Hazel has gone on to write a bestselling book and is a practicing NHS doctor…
On top of that, she somehow manages to find the time to host an awesome podcast. In it she interviews leading health experts, aiming to cut through the confusion we see in the health and nutrition world today.
Top pick: Episode 8 – IBS + Gut Health
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Another one of my most listened to. Although I’ve placed it under the fitness category, it’s about way more than that.
Ben is regarded as one of the leading experts in the health and fitness industry, and for good reason.
When I listen to Ben wax poetically about myelin pathways and the efficacy of the latest biohacking tool, I start to feel a little inadequate about my own knowledge with regards to this whole health thing… He knows his stuff, that’s for sure, and he lives it too.
If you’re all about wellness, weight loss, lifestyle design, and testing the limits of human performance, then definitely give it a listen sometime. Entertaining stuff.
There’s a lot of nonsense in the fitness industry, and honestly, at first glance, I thought MindPump might be more of the same. But I couldn’t have been more wrong…
Sal, Adam, Justin and Doug are a breath of fresh air – dispelling common fitness myths and making you laugh whilst they’re at it.
As well as providing a plethora of info for anyone looking to live healthily or get in shape, I’ve also found MindPump really useful as a PT in training. The guys have more than 40 years worth of experience in the industry and are more than happy to share their best tips for becoming a successful fitness professional.
One of my favourite movement and fitness podcasts. I’ve learned so much over the past few months from this guy. He’s helped me re-evaluate my relationship with movement, and I’ve become much more in tune with my body.
Justin Goodheart converses with some of the most influential thought leaders in the industry, providing world-class tips on movement, mobility, parkour, martial arts, nutrition, mindfulness, and everything in between.
The podcast slogan is:
“Be healthy to be strong, be strong to be useful, and live long to maximize that usefulness. Because the longer and stronger you are able to pursue your higher purpose, the better every single person on the planet will become”.
Cheers to that.
Hosted by ultra-endurance athlete and coach Brett Blankner, Zen and the Art of Triathlon is a triathlete’s view on training, racing, recovery, and living the multisport life.
It’s one of the most popular fitness podcasts on iTunes, and is all about helping you to incorporate the principles of Zen to your life via triathlon and endurance training.
Whether you’re just looking to become a casual weekend-warrior triathlete or qualify for the Kona World Championships, it really is a must listen.
Top pick: Rich Roll and John Hirsch
Ryan Hurst and Andy Fossett from GMB Fitness offer insights on using callisthenics and bodyweight exercise skills to help you unlock your movement potential.
Along with The Move Smart Podcast, it’s had a massive impact on my movement and mobility practice over the past few months. Some really interesting discussions and great interviews with some of the leaders in the fitness and movement community. They’re also just really funny guys.
Great for anyone who wants to really delve into the details of movement and fitness and form a good gymnastics base.
Top pick: Animal Movements
Take it Uneasy is a really good fitness podcast that hosts a wide range of elite athletes, movement practitioners, martial artists, and academics.
They dive deep into the topics of movement, mindset, learning, and challenging yourself both on and off the mat.
It’s definitely a great listen for any grapplers or martial artist, and anyone who just wants to learn how to move a bit better.
Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint health podcast is about helping you become “healthy, strong, fit, happy and productive with the least amount of pain, suffering and sacrifice as possible”.
Some great guests, and great info.
But hey, isn’t Mark a paleo guy, and don’t you largely talk about eating a plant-based diet?
Sure, but I agree with Mark a lot more than I disagree! If we disregard people based on one slight difference in opinion, we fail to grow.
Katy Bowman might feel a tad offended with her show being categorized as a fitness podcast, but she has a good sense of humour, so I’m guessing she’d just roll with it…
Much more than a simple fitness buff, Katy’s a best selling author, biomechanist, and connoisseur of natural movement.
On her podcast she provides light-hearted discussions on body mechanics and movement nutrition, showing how movement can so often be the solution to the modern ailments we all experience.
Top pick: Episode 43: Movement Mailbag
If you’re an experienced obstacle racer or perhaps just a little curious about taking part in your first Tough Mudder or Spartan Race, you might wanna give Obstacle Dominator a listen.
Experienced pros Hunter McIntyre and Ben Greenfield answer your questions and give you all a whole load of training, nutrition, recovery and racing tips to help you get the most out of your next extreme adventure run.
Great stuff, and one of the most entertaining fitness podcasts you’ll stumble upon.
One of the top fitness podcasts out there today.
Whether you’re into Crossfit, gymnastics, mobility or simply becoming a more well-rounded human being, twice a week the Barbell Shrugged guys bring you some of the most influential minds in the business.
Episodes are also recorded and available in video format, which makes a nice added twist.
Joe Defranco is one of the leading coaches in the world of strength and conditioning, working with athletes all around the world, from the NFL and NBA to the UFC and Olympians.
As well as running the world-renowned DeFranco’s Gym at the Onnit Training Academy, Joe also hosts the Industrial Strength Show, where he shares his top training and performance tips on a weekly basis.
If you’re looking to become a better athlete, it’s well worth checking out.
Trail Runner Nation is all about sharing knowledge and advice to the trail running community, as they say – “from beginners to the pros”.
They offer a range of tips on race nutrition, recovery, pacing strategy, and mental focus. The show brings you some of the top trail running athletes, coaches and members of the community.
I’ve only just started listening to this one, but I’m enjoying it so far and have taken away quite a few useful tips already (particularly with regards to running cadence).
Top pick: The Ultra Mindset with Travis Macy
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Clear Your Mind and Reduce Stress
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of using a good guided meditation to start the day. It really has helped reduce my stress levels, increase my productivity, and improve my general happiness.
One of my favourites is Headspace, the app created by Rich Pierson and former monk/circus performer Andy Puddicombe. As well as an awesome app, Headspace recently added a mindfulness and health podcast, hosted by TV presenter and Headspace content producer Georgie Okell.
As you’d expect, it’s all about living a little more mindfully in the modern world. And it’s great.
Top pick: Episode 17 – Recovery
Hosted by blogger (and raw vegan) Jeff Sanders, the 5 AM Miracle is a weekly health podcast “dedicated to dominating your day before breakfast”.
You can check out my interview with Jeff here.Jeff’s goal? “To help you bounce out of bed with enthusiasm, create powerful lifelong habits, and tackle your grandest goals with extraordinary energy”. Sounds pretty cool right?
Jeff provides some really great content and chats to some fascinating guests.
Tara is a teacher of meditation, emotional healing and spiritual healing.
On her podcast, she shares free guided meditations and weekly talks on Buddhist teachings and practices.
Well worth a listen if you’re looking to cut your stress levels and live more mindfully – and aren’t we all to some extent?
I first stumbled upon Dan Harris and his story when he appeared on Rich Roll’s show.
In his new podcast, Dan takes listeners on a weekly ride from the “outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news”. It’s a great introduction to mindfulness for the everyman.
A fascinating listen.
Top pick: Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo
A minimalist life is often a simpler, more fulfilling one.
On the Minimalists Podcast, best friends Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less stuff.
It’s all about cutting away the fat and figuring out what truly matters in life.
As well as giving the podcast a listen, for more info on everything minimalist, why not check out our in-depth guide to getting started with a minimalist lifestyle?
Top Pick: 007 – Stuff
Well-Rounded Healthy Living Podcasts That Can’t Quite be Categorized
Joe’s podcast was actually the first one I ever listened to.
I remember dialling into his conversation with notorious MMA villain Chael Sonnen on the train home from uni a few summer’s ago. I was hooked straight away.
The stand-up comedian and UFC colour commentator goes deep with a wide range of guests. Many come from the health and wellness world.
Definitely worth checking out.
Top pick: Big Wall Free Solo Climber Alex Honnold
ReWild Yourself has a slightly different feel to it than some of the other health and fitness podcasts I’ve already mentioned. It’s all about “helping you transcend human domestication, allowing you to uncover your true potential”.
Daniel Vitalis brings in a wide range of interesting guests. It’s all centered around helping you reconnect with that wild, sovereign nature that’s lying deep within.
If you’ve ever felt like breaking free from modern living and going back to nature, it’s definitely worth a listen.
Hosted by former investment banker Brian Rose, London Real is a weekly lifestyle podcast that brings you an inside look into the lives of some of the most successful people on the planet. From freerunners and athletes to scientists and CEO’s.
Through fascinating conversations, it’s all about taking your health, wealth, and relationships to the next level.
Professionally shot video recordings are also available if that floats your boat.
Top pick: Ido Portal – Just Move
You’ve almost definitely heard of Tim Ferriss.
The blogger, self-experimenter and bestselling author is most well known for his books The Four Hour Workweek and The Four Hour Body.
In addition, his podcast is one of the most listened to on iTunes. It often tops the business category listing (although it’s about much much more than that).
In his own words, on the show Tim “deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc) to extract the tactics and tricks you can use”.
And he does a damn good job of it.
Ex-Navy SEAL Commander and creator of the Seal Fit system Mark Divine brings a variety of guests to explore the “5 mountain training path” of developing your Mental, Physical, Emotional, Intuitive, and Heart self.
His podcast is all about challenging yourself. Forming daily practices that elevate you and help you become a stronger version of yourself.
Entertaining, informative, and hard-hitting.
Off Camera is a website, magazine, TV show, and podcast all rolled into one.
Hosted by multitalented photographer and director Sam Jones, the show brings you long-form conversations with some of the world’s greatest. Leading artists, actors, musicians, directors, skateboarders, photographers, writers and everyone in between.
Strictly speaking, Off Camera may not be a health podcast. But learning lessons from some of the most successful people in the world can no doubt help you become a little healthier, and unlock your potential.
Top pick: Episode 6 – Tony Hawk
Joe Desena is the mastermind behind the infamous Spartan Race, and also a New York Times best-selling author.
On Spartan Up, Joe travels around the world conversing with other authors, academics, elite athletes, adventurers, CEOs of innovative companies, and some of the most influential thought leaders on the planet today.
The goal is to shift your thinking, make you laugh, and give you the tools you need to bring about positive changes into your life, and uncover the secrets to success.
Former pro footballer, world record holder, popular blogger and author Lewis Howes hosts The School of Greatness. as the name suggests, it’s a health and fitness podcast that focusses on the stuff that makes people great.
The goal is to “share inspiring stories from the most brilliant business minds, world-class athletes and influential celebrities on the planet”. Lots of good stuff on personal development, productivity, and general healthy-habit forming.
I’ve only tuned in to a couple of episodes, but it’s been really good so far!
For those times when you wanna get a little nerdy…
The Ted Health Podcast brings talks from some of the top doctors and researchers around the world. A great one for staying up to date with the latest findings in health, fitness, and medicine.
All in video format, so listening on the move is more of a struggle. But it’s definitely worth checking out if you wanna keep up to date with the latest wellness breakthroughs.
Are there any other fitness, nutrition, mindfulness and health podcasts that you’d add to the list?
Let me know in the comments section below!
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