When I first started running after high school, I listened to music on my iPod classic. Yes, I said it…my iPod classic! Once I started getting more serious about my running, I ditched the headphones and ran with me, myself, and I because that’s what I thought runners did. And then one day, my friend introduced me to podcasts. I listened to them during all of my free time – on the walk to class, at the gym, in the car, blah blah blah. You get my point. I listened to podcasts all. of. the. time. EXCEPT on the run!
Eventually, I thought to myself… why am I not listening to these on my runs? Surely listening to podcasts during my runs won’t make me any less of a runner. At first, I just started listening to podcasts during my long runs, but now I listen to them during all of my runs (except speed work like track repeats and tempo runs – they require a little too much focus.)
I know podcasts are a BIG deal right now, so I wanted to share with you all my favorite go-to podcasts so that you can enjoy them on the walk to class, at the gym, in the car, and yes, even on the run!
I’ve decided to break my podcasts into categories: running podcasts, nutrition podcasts, health and wellness, interviews, and entrepreneurship. There is definitely a lot of overlap, so while I might consider one podcast to be a health and wellness podcast, it might also be a nutrition podcast or an interview podcast. Trust me, it’s all great stuff regardless of the category!
You can find all of these podcasts in Apple Podcasts (iTunes), but I’ll be linking to the podcasts’ website just in case you’re interested in seeing more about the people behind the podcasts!
The Thought for Food podcast takes deep, science-based dives into plant-based nutrition topics like fiber, intermittent fasting, exercise addiction, exercise nutrition, and SO much more! The two hosts, Jackson and Aaron are obviously knowledgeable, qualified, passionate, and entertaining.
If you haven’t visited Dr. Greger’s website, Nutrition Facts, you must (finish reading my lovely list of podcasts) and drop everything and visit his website! Dr. Greger is a leader in plant-based medicine. Just when you thought you couldn’t learn more about nutrition and plants, he drops another 10-20 minute podcast where he talks about topics like protein, omega-3 fatty acids, GMOs, soy, supplements, prevention of Alzheimer’s, the microbiome, etc. etc. etc. These episodes are quick, concise, and PACKED with knowledge bombs.
For this podcast, you need a notebook and a pen. Dr. Rhonda Patrick, a Ph.D. in biomedical science, promotes strategies to increase lifespan, well-being, & cognitive and physical performance, with her knowledge of biochemistry and nutrition. This podcast is only for true nutrition nerds who want to know the all of the details and science behind topics like intermittent fasting, cancer, saturated fat, and cold thermogenesis – just to name a few.
This one is new-ish to me but quickly became one of my favorites. I binge-listened to all of the episodes in just a couple of weeks. Running coach Jason Fitzgerald gives tons of advice for new and advanced runners and running coaches. Topics range from getting faster, staying healthy and injury-free, and getting stronger as a runner.
Believe it or not, I found this podcast because she has Crohn’s disease – a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that my dad also has. After listening to her episode about running with Crohn’s disease, I started listening to all of her episodes and found a ton of cool interviews with runners, physical therapists, running coaches, MDs, and solo episodes.
Health and Wellness Podcasts
Rich Roll, at 50-years old, is an accomplished vegan ultra-endurance athlete with an incredible history as a former entertainment attorney and addict. He turned his life around and is now an advocate for wellness & plant-based nutrition. His podcast episodes take a deep dive into all things wellness: health, fitness, nutrition, entertainment, entrepreneurship, and spirituality. My favorite episodes include interviews with plant-based MDs and RDs and vegan athletes!
The banter between the two hosts, Matt and Doug, literally has me laughing out loud during my long runs. A mix of interviews and solo-episodes, topics range from veganism, nutrition, running, habit change, and living a healthier lifestyle.
Ben Greenfield is super knowledgeable about nutrition, exercise, triathlon, weight loss, and wellness. While I don’t always agree with his nutrition philosophy, I love to listen to for sports performance tips and controversial conversation about really interesting topics! He drops a few episodes each week so you’ll never run out of good content!
Joe Rogan is definitely an interesting character! He actively exposes himself to different perspectives and asks phenomenal questions! Beware: Not all of his episodes are vegan friendly (some hunting episodes and that type of stuff) but a lot of his episodes are super interesting! I recommend starting with his interviews with Dr. Rhonda Patrick. He also interviews a lot of athletes and medical professionals!
Tim Ferris interviews world-class performers from a variety of areas: investing, sports, business, art, etc. and they discuss tactics, tools, and routines that you can implement into your own life. If you’ve ever wondered what successful people read, how they exercise, how they start their days, and how they manage their time, this is the podcast to listen to!
Dr. Michael Gervais is a high-performance sports psychologist that interviews a variety of people: professional athletes, successful business minds, and entrepreneurs. He is a phenomenal interviewer and asks unique questions that give you a really great perspective into how these people perform at such a high level.
If you’ve ever wanted to create a beautiful, functional, and profitable blog, this is the podcast to listen to! This podcast is full of tips to create a blog or enhance your already-existing blog. Topics vary from SEO, social media, WordPress, freelance work, taxes, etc.
Patt Flynn delves into how to start an online business, blogging strategies, income sources, marketing tips, etc. This podcast really opened my eyes as to how entrepreneurs make money online by doing things they love!
This is a fascinating podcast where the owner interviews the owners of the world’s best known companies. Guy dissects how and why they built their company or business. My favorite episodes? Definitely the food and fitness themed episodes! Larabar, Clif Bar, Bob’s Red Mill, Lululemon, etc.
The Minimalists Podcast covers all types of topics, but in short, they discuss living a meaningful life with less. That’s right, this is a podcast all about minimalism! My favorite episodes are about finance and budgets but there are tons of great episodes about other things like physical clutter, people, emotions, shopping, etc.
Believe it or not, sometimes I like to take a step back from all of the health, wellness, running, and nutrition podcasts! The Ben Shapiro show is a conservative news podcast. He puts out an episode every day with a run down of current events and on sundays he features a 60 minute interview with a new guest every week! Obviously, this one might not be for everyone, but it’s one of my favorites!