Fitness and Wellness Podcasts

Wellness Podcasts

Exercise, Fitness and Wellness Podcasts

If you’ve been wanting to start listening but have been paralyzed by choice, we’re here to save the day! We’ve combed through the lists of health and wellness podcasts and have come up with some of the most informative, and most popular, podcasters. Whether you’re into breaking down complex scientific studies, or just want to learn how to relax better in today’s chaotic world, we’ve got the podcast for you.

The Healthy Moms Wellness Podcast

Katie, more famously known as Wellness Mama, has made a name for herself in the natural health and wellness world. A mother of four, Katie’s focus is the natural healing power of whole foods, and living the healthiest life possible. Her podcast covers subjects like sleep, stress, natural living, and creating a healthy life for both yourself and your entire family.

Healthy Moms Podcast.

Rich Roll Wellness Podcast

Author of the best-selling books “Finding Ultra” and “The Plantpower Way,” Rich Roll is an ultra-marathoner who subscribes to a vegan diet. But his podcast is about much more than that. Every episode, Roll does his best to shift perspectives on “health, fitness, nutrition, creativity, entrepreneurship & spirituality,” by interviewing “world-class athletes, doctors, nutritionists, authors, entrepreneurs, spiritualists & artists.

Rich Roll Podcast.

Found My Fitness

If you’re someone who enjoys your health podcasts with a heavy dose of science, Dr. Rhonda Patrick and her Found My Fitness podcast is for you! In addition to having a Ph.D in biomedical science, Patrick has published many papers in reputable journals, and continues to study the fields of aging, genetics, mindfulness, stress, and sleep. She’s also great at breaking down complex ideas and studies, so you don’t have to be a genius to get something out of each podcast episode.

Found My Fitness Podcast.

Radio Lab

A podcast dedicated to curiosity, Radio Labs bills itself as a place where “boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.” Taking on personal, heartfelt stories in the areas of current events, science, and health, Radio Lab is the perfect podcast to help you feel more connected to others.

Radio Lab Podcast.

Waking Up With Sam Harris

Neuroscientist and best selling author of Waking Up: A guide to spirituality without religion, Sam Harris takes a look at current events, consciousness, and big life questions. Whether you listen to it during your commute, or right before bed, you’re sure to have some deep thoughts afterward.

Waking Up With Sam Harris Podcast.

Nutrition Diva

A chef who’s also a board-certified, licensed nutritionist, Monica Reinagel’s weekly podcast is quick (around 15 minutes) and informative, and tackles everything from breaking health news, to creating better eating habits, to current fad diets. If you’re looking for an easily-digestible audio snack (that has continued to be one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes since it debuted in 2008), this is perfect.

Nutrition Diva Podcast.

Soul on Fire

Yoga instructor and wellness influencer Jordan Younger has created a name for herself as the Balanced Blonde; someone who aspires to live an intuitively healthy, plant-based lifestyle. Her podcast covers many areas; from entrepreneurship, to nutrition tips, to branding yourself, to interviews with other wellness gurus.

Soul on Fire Podcast.

Balanced Bites

Diane Sanfilippo is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and bestselling author of two books (Practical Paleo and The 21-Day Sugar Detox). Her Balanced Bites Podcast has been voted “Best Paleo Podcast”for a few years in a row, but each week, Sanfilippo and her co-host dive into a multitude of diverse topics – so you don’t have to be a paleo devote to enjoy it!

Balanced Bites Podcast.

Hidden Brain Wellness Podcast

A combination of both “science and storytelling,” the Hidden Brain podcast aims to help people understand themselves, and the world, a little better. Even though the research is thorough and the studies are real, this podcast is anything but stuffy – think of it like yoga for your mind.

Hidden Brain Podcast.

Food Psych

Christy Harrison is a registered dietician as well as a certified intuitive eating counselor, which means that’s she’s specifically trained on how to get people out of a “diet mindset” and instead to focus on their personal, whole body health. Her podcast is dedicated to interviews with “inspiring people” and their relationship to food, as well as body acceptance.

Food Psych Podcast.

Tara Brach Wellness Podcast

Tara Brach has both a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and more than 20 years of personal study into meditation and Buddhist mindfulness teachings. Every week, Brach discusses ways to be more mindful in today’s fast-paced world. Whether you’ve been meditating for years or haven’t quite started your practice, Brach’s podcast will expand your mind and give you a few moments of peace.

Tara Brach’s Podcast.

Party in My Plants

For years, Talia struggled with IBS, weight issues, food addictions, and chronic lack of energy – and then she discovered plant-based eating. Her podcast is all about having fun with your health. To Talia, eating plant-based isn’t about living a restricted life, and she uses her podcast to show others how bringing plants into the equation only makes things better.

Party in My Plants Podcast.

The Bodylove Project

How exactly do we love our bodies? It sounds like a simple question, but the answers are usually quite complicated – and different for everyone. Jessi Haggerty is a certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Certified Personal Trainer, and each episode, she dives into topics like body positivity, weight exclusivity, and healing from eating disorders.

Bodylove Project Podcast.

9 Hot Weather Workout Tips

Hot Weather Workout Tips

Hot Weather Workouts Need Lots of Water

Hot weather is great during a day at the pool, but it can become a stifling challenge when you’re exercising outside. Whether you live in a year-round tropical climate or one with four distinct seasons, you’ll eventually face the prospect of working out in the heat. Our bodies are designed to cool themselves, but it does take time for them to get acclimated to rising temperatures.

Hot weather tips for staying safe and comfortable while working out.

  • Stay hydrated. Ellen Yin, exercise specialist at Ledbetter Inc., recommends drinking 4 to 8 ounces of water for every 20 minutes of physical activity in the sun, and then after your workout session, drinking three cups of water per pound of body weight lost. Hydration is important not only during hot workouts, but also throughout the day after exercise. Either plan your route where there are water fountains, or invest in a hydration belt to hold a water bottle, says Carol Frazey from The Fit School.
  • Drink sports drinks, but in moderation. “Sports drinks and Pedialyte help to replace lost electrolytes, but they tend to be very high in sugar, which can lead to a spike in energy levels that can cause early fatigue, especially on hot days,” says Lisa Corsello, founder of Burn. “Try to keep your energy level in check by mixing two parts of water for every one part of the sports drink.” Orange wedges work well, too.
  • Time your workouts strategically. Try to exercise early in the morning or after dinner, when temperatures are cooler and the sun’s rays aren’t so harsh.
  • Get plenty of sleep. Corsello warns that you’ll likely fatigue much quicker on hot days. Be sure to get a good night’s sleep before your planned exercise activity, and allow at least one day of rest and recovery before your next workout.
  • Rest frequently. Yin recommends taking a 15-minute rest break for every hour of hot exercise. You may also need to adjust the intensity or duration of your workouts. “Hot weather can lead to low energy levels,” says Corsello. “Modify your workout by decreasing the heaviness of your weights and/or decreasing reps and taking breaks when you need them.”
  • Take a dip. Cool off in a pool, lake or ocean before and/or after a hot workout, or consider swapping your regular routine for swimming laps. If that’s not an option, throw some water on your head, neck or entire body to stay cool. Trainer Cheryl Russo shares this stay-cool tip that’s a favorite among sports teams: “Bring a small cooler with frozen washcloths to use against pressure points to bring down body temperature.”
  • Consider cooling products. There are many fitness products designed to help keep you cool during hot workouts. Frazey likes this versatile Mission Cooling Wrap, which is made from a high-performance fabric that cools the skin when wet.
  • Exercise with a buddy. “Even if you plan ahead, you can run into trouble during your workout,” says trainer Catherine Basu with Fit Armadillo. “Exercising with a buddy ensures that you’re safe even after you’ve done all you can to prepare.”
  • Know the signs of heat exhaustion. If you start to experience headaches, dizziness, blurred vision and nausea, stop exercising, rest and hydrate.

When you’re struggling to get through a hot workout, remind yourself that the heat is helping you train harder and get tougher, and that you’ll be a stronger athlete by the end of the workout.