50 Best Podcasts in Health and Fit­ness Plug in to our pick of the pods to up­grade your life with su­pe­rior sonic self-help.

One in four of us now reg­u­larly tunes into podcasts: what­ever your niche, pas­sion or dis­ci­pline, there’s an in-ear coach for you. But with thou­sands to choose from, it isn’t easy for the MH man to pick out the truly use­ful au­dio in­spo. So, we’ve whit­tled

Men's Health (Australia) - - CONTENTS - BY JAMIE MILLAR

01-02 10% Hap­pier with Dan Har­ris

The Emmy Award-win­ning Har­ris was a co-an­chor on the Amer­i­can TV in­sti­tu­tion Good

Morn­ing Amer­ica – un­til he suf­fered a panic at­tack live on air, which prompted him to con­sider med­i­ta­tion. Con­verted, he wrote a book about it, also called 10%

Hap­pier (and a fol­low-up, Med­i­ta­tion for Fid­gety Skep­tics). In th­ese meet­ings of mind­ful­ness devo­tees, guests muse upon hap­pi­ness in its many forms and ask whether striv­ing for suc­cess and en­light­en­ment are mu­tu­ally ex­clu­sive.

LIKE THAT? Try Hap­pier with Gretchen Ru­bin, in which the US blog­ger, speaker and au­thor of best­selling books Hap­pier at Home and The Hap­pi­ness

Project of­fers “prac­ti­cal, man­age­able” ad­vice.

03-04 Jocko Pod­cast

Jocko Willink is a former com­man­der of the most dec­o­rated spe­cial op­er­a­tions unit in the Iraq War, who went on to be­come the of­fi­cer in charge of train­ing all Navy Seals on the US west coast. In short, he is one of the tough­est men you’ll ever lis­ten to. Learn the fun­da­men­tals of train­ing and lead­er­ship from the Brazil­ian jiu jitsu black belt who wakes up at 4.30am to “get af­ter it”.

LIKE THAT? Try the Un­beat­able Mind Pod­cast with Mark Di­vine, pre­sented by a re­tired Navy Seal com­man­der who grills ath­letes and ex-mil­i­tary per­son­nel for life strate­gies.

05-06 The Tim Fer­riss Show

The au­thor of New York Times best­sellers The 4-Hour Work Week, Body and Chef wrote the book(s) on speedy self-im­prove­ment. His pod­cast, in which he “de­con­structs world-class per­form­ers”, reg­u­larly tops the itunes busi­ness chart, as well as Ap­ple’s list of the best podcasts. His sub­jects range from start-ups to stand-ups, and from ath­letes to Arnie. The in­ter­views can be long – but they’re al­ways a pro­duc­tive use of your time. Try The James Al­tucher LIKE THAT? Show, hosted by the en­tre­pre­neur, au­thor and chess master. His guests in­clude skater Tony Hawk, former astronaut Mike Mas­simino and, er, Tim Fer­riss.

07-08 The Dis­sect Pod­cast

Mark Twight founded the hard-line fa­cil­ity Gym Jones, which put Salt Lake City, Utah, on the work­out map by mould­ing the 300 Spar­tans and Su­per­man him­self, Henry Cav­ill. With fel­low alumni Michael Blevins, Paul Roberts and Ross Mc­gar­vey, who “pre­fer verbs over nouns, ac­tion over words and ends over means”, Twight has started a new fa­cil­ity, the Sect, and this pod­cast. You’ll get schooled on what they dis­par­age as “fit­ness­ing”, but also learn that real trans­for­ma­tions are far more pro­found.

LIKE THAT? Try Start­ing Strength by old-school coach Mark Rip­petoe, who su­per­sets ex­pert in­ter­views with tu­to­ri­als, “Ask Rip” Q&AS and dis­courses on mod­ern mas­culin­ity.

09-10 The Joe Ro­gan Ex­pe­ri­ence

A show pre­sented by a stand-up co­me­dian might seem a funny choice on a list of the best fit­ness podcasts, but Ro­gan also pro­vides com­men­tary for the UFC and is a former US tae kwon do cham­pion. One of the world’s most pop­u­lar pod­cast­ers, with more than 1,000 episodes un­der his black belt, the self-dubbed “psy­che­delic ad­ven­turer” is as likely to get into the weeds with his guests on top­ics such as sports sci­ence and mixed mar­tial arts as to dis­cuss le­gal­is­ing cannabis. LIKE THAT? Try WTF with Marc Maron, an­other co­me­dian and pod­cast OG (even Barack Obama graced his garage back in 2015), who is a black belt in beat­ing him­self up.

11-12 The Rich Roll Pod­cast

A former en­ter­tain­ment at­tor­ney, ath­lete and au­thor, Roll had a healthy midlife cri­sis on the eve of his 40th birth­day af­ter strug­gling up a flight of stairs. Ditch­ing an­i­mal prod­ucts along with al­co­hol, drugs and more than 20kg of weight, within two years he ranked among the top 10 male fin­ish­ers at the Ul­tra­man, a three-day, 515 km multi-sport race. He is now con­sid­ered one of the fittest men in the world. His well­ness con­ver­sa­tions with di­verse lu­mi­nar­ies will make your car­dio go faster.

LIKE THAT? Ra­dio to tune into non-preachy ve­gan ul­tra­run­ner Matt Fra­zier, whether you want to run en­tirely on plants or just a slightly greener fuel.

13-14 Health Hacker with Adam Macdougall

NRL leg­end and founder of The Man Shake, Adam Macdougall has a steel-trap mind geared to achiev­ing op­ti­mum re­sults with max­i­mum ef­fi­ciency. Lis­ten and learn to stream­line all as­pects of your life. Try The School of Great­ness with LIKE THAT?

Lewis Howes, a NFL player who suf­fered a ca­reer-end­ing wrist in­jury then built a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar on­line busi­ness and made it onto Team USA’S hand­ball squad. He now in­ter­views high achiev­ers to find out “what makes great peo­ple great”.

15-18 Whis­tle blowhards

Ded­i­cated sports podcasts are sonic crack for diehard fans. Here’s four of the best

Junk­time AFL Pod­cast

Michael Cham­ber­lain and Adam Rozen­bach’s hu­mourous look at the AFL de­liv­ers jokes at about the rate Tom Mitchell racks up cen­tre clear­ances – not that they’re big on sta­tis­ti­cal anal­y­sis.

The Guardian Foot­ball Weekly

Now in it’s 13th year this Uk-based pod in­sti­tu­tion of­fers a Euro­cen­tric view of the beau­ti­ful game. Sharp Brit journos might dis­cuss their break­fast one minute . . . the mer­its of us­ing a false nine at Celta Vigo the next!

The Back Three

Tom Moldoveanu, Kevin Braysher and Denny Griggs run the rule over the week in Rugby League. A fo­cus on in-game nitty gritty rather than big- pic­ture bom­bast make this one for the purist rather than the ca­sual lis­tener.

The Ringer NBA Show

Mem­phis Griz­zlies’ broad­caster Chris Ver­non and bas­ket­ball writer Kevin O’con­nor’s good-na­tured, of­ten heated spar­ring on all things NBA is fast mak­ing them one of the hoop world’s great dou­ble acts.

19-20 The Hi­lar­i­ous World of De­pres­sion

Lis­ten­ing to peo­ple talk about de­pres­sion might not sound like a laugh-a-minute ex­pe­ri­ence, but when the peo­ple in ques­tion are co­me­di­ans and other wits who pe­ri­od­i­cally feel low de­spite be­ing at the top of their game, the chor­tle rate is un­ex­pect­edly high. “De­pres­sion is ev­ery­where, and it sucks,” says Amer­i­can pub­lic ra­dio pre­sen­ter John Moe. “But talk­ing about it doesn’t. Talk­ing about it is a re­ally good idea.” Try The Osher Güns­berg LIKE THAT?

Pod­cast in which the TV pre­sen­ter and MH cover guy lays his men­tal demons on the ta­ble as he and well-known guests shed their pub­lic per­sonas to re­veal the piv­otal, of­ten emo­tion­ally raw ex­pe­ri­ences that shaped them.

20-21 GMB Fit­ness Show

De­vised by mar­tial arts, gym­nas­tics and phys­i­cal ther­apy ex­perts, this is a gold-stan­dard body­weight train­ing pro­gram for de­vel­op­ing your skills and flex­i­bil­ity. Co-founder Ryan Hurst en­lists the help of fit­ness cognoscenti such as An­i­mal Flow cre­ator Mike Fitch and Al Kavadlo of Pro­gres­sive Cal­is­then­ics.

LIKE THAT? Try The Freestyle Way by Carl Paoli, a na­tional gym­nast-turned-crossfit trainer and the founder of Gym­nas­tics WOD.

22-23 Find­ing Mastery

When Felix Baum­gart­ner pan­icked as he pre­pared to leap from a hot-air bal­loon on the edge of space, it was psy­chol­o­gist Michael Ger­vais who talked him off the ledge. Join him as he ex­plores the “com­mon thread” con­nect­ing the world’s great­est per­form­ers as they “pur­sue the bound­aries of hu­man po­ten­tial”.

LIKE THAT? Try Mind­set RX’D, a WOD for your mind from Tom Fox­ley, a PT and Royal Marines re­servist de­spite hav­ing a heart con­di­tion.

24-25 Ted Talks: Health

Sadly not a se­ries of well­ness mono­logues from Seth Macfar­lane’s foul-mouthed bear, but rather lec­tures by a global com­mu­nity of thought lead­ers. Ted Talks cover any­thing and ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing health. Think of them as lec­tures from some of the smartest peo­ple on the planet – fas­ci­nat­ing and free.

LIKE THAT? Try Ted Ra­dio Hour, in which sev­eral speak­ers con­vene around the mic and share their in­sights on a topic, from the strug­gle to find mean­ing­ful work to the foun­tain of youth.

27-28 Eat, Move and Live Bet­ter

As well as serv­ing up on­line diet pro­grammes, Pre­ci­sion Nu­tri­tion ad­vises com­pa­nies such as Nike. Fit­tingly, the em­pha­sis here is on food. There’s plenty of nu­tri­tional facts to get your teeth into and, be­cause they’re bite-sized, you can binge on sev­eral in a sit­ting.

LIKE THAT? Try Sigma Nu­tri­tion Ra­dio: sci­ence pre­pared by nu­tri­tion­ist Danny Lennon, with a sprin­kling of coaches, ath­letes and re­searchers.

29-30 Wak­ing Up with Sam Har­ris

If any­one can help you make sense of our in­com­pre­hen­si­ble world, it’s neu­ro­sci­en­tist Sam Har­ris, au­thor of best­sellers such as Free Will. His pod­cast ranges from evo­lu­tion­ary psy­chol­ogy and pol­i­tics to the mean­ing of life. Pre­pare for your mind to be truly blown.

LIKE THAT? Try the award-win­ning On Be­ing with Krista Tip­pett, in which the jour­nal­ist and former diplo­mat ru­mi­nates on ex­is­tence with guests such as Face­book’s Sh­eryl Sand­berg.

31-32 30 for 30 Podcasts

When it comes to spine-tin­gling sports doc­u­men­taries, Amer­i­can net­work ESPN is the great­est of all time. And it turns out they work just as ef­fec­tively with­out the vi­su­als. A de­light­fully in-depth refuge from the shal­low sports news cy­cle of pre­views and pre­dic­tions, re­sults and re­ac­tions, here you can dis­cover ev­ery­thing from the ori­gins of the UFC, to the gen­e­sis of the Mad­den video game fran­chise. Try The Bill Sim­mons LIKE THAT?

Pod­cast, the most downloaded sports pod­cast ever, by the jour­nal­ist and au­thor who kicked off 30 for 30 be­fore found­ing his own out­let, The Ringer.

33-37 Triv­ial Pur­suits

The podcasts that will make you the toast of din­ner par­ties and the Rambo of pub ammo

No Such Thing As A Fish

Af­ter learn­ing that 600 men have two penises, the QI “elves” – the writ­ers of the BBC panel show – set this up to share their lat­est and great­est “quite in­ter­est­ing” dis­cov­er­ies.

Stuff You Should Know

Writ­ers from how­stuff­works.com ex­plain, among other things, the mech­a­nisms be­hind tsunamis, bull­fight­ing and con­doms. At the very least, you should know how the last of th­ese work.

99% In­vis­i­ble

If you haven’t seen this on lists of best podcasts, you haven’t been look­ing. Host Ro­man Mars gives vis­i­bil­ity to the de­sign and ar­chi­tec­ture of the world around you, from bar codes to Freud’s couch and New York’s cow tun­nels (re­ally).

Re­vi­sion­ist His­tory

Cel­e­brated au­thor Mal­colm Glad­well uses his coun­ter­in­tu­itive brain to re­con­sider mis­un­der­stood episodes from the past, such as bas­ket­baller Wilt Cham­ber­lain’s 100-point game.

38-39 Fight Dis­ci­ples

Col­lect­ing awards like An­thony Joshua does belts, ra­dio pre­sen­ter Adam Cat­ter­all and box­ing writer Nick Peet don’t re­strict them­selves to the Queens­berry rules, tak­ing on all com­ers across box­ing and UFC, in­clud­ing com­bat­ants, coaches and cor­re­spon­dents. It’s the undis­puted best brawl­ing pod­cast.

LIKE THAT? Try Fight Night, also hosted by Cat­ter­all (and oc­ca­sion­ally Peet) and part of Talksport’s sta­ble, giv­ing it a reach that lets it con­nect with real heavy­weights.

40-41 Hid­den Brain

The multi-award-win­ning jour­nal­ist and Har­vard fel­low Shankar Vedan­tam – who is also a former sci­ence writer at the Wash­ing­ton Post – com­bines sci­ence and sto­ry­telling “to re­veal the un­con­scious pat­terns that drive hu­man be­haviour”, from the sur­pris­ingly long his­tory of fake news to the more baf­fling ques­tion of why we lie.

LIKE THAT? Try In­vis­i­bilia, which holds that “un­see­able forces” con­trol how we be­have – what, for ex­am­ple, makes a brain surgery pa­tient’s hand start stub­bing out cig­a­rettes of its own ac­cord?

42-43 The­move

It’s an in­con­ve­nient truth that one of the best cy­cling podcasts is hosted by Lance Arm­strong, who was shorn of his seven Tour de France ti­tles fol­low­ing the rev­e­la­tion of his se­rial dop­ing. Yes, The­move is doubt­less an at­tempt to re­ha­bil­i­tate his rep­u­ta­tion (and the same goes for The For­ward, his ter­rific se­ries of in­ter­views with ath­letes, film-mak­ers and au­thors). But what­ever you think of him, Arm­strong knows a lot about rid­ing bikes.

LIKE THAT? Try The Cy­cling Pod­cast, hosted by three pelo­ton-lead­ing jour­nal­ists, which fin­ished joint third in the Sport cat­e­gory at the 2018 Bri­tish Pod­cast Awards.

44-45 The Pri­mal Blue­print Pod­cast

Cave­men didn’t pod­cast – but don’t dis­miss this show ap­proved by en­durance ath­lete­turned-paleo au­thor Mark Sis­sons. Guests in­clude mo­bil­ity guru Kelly Star­rett and surfer Laird Hamil­ton. Not just for “an­ces­tral health” evan­ge­lists, it’ll help any­one who wants to eat and move more nat­u­rally. Try The Paleo LIKE THAT?

So­lu­tion Pod­cast by pow­er­lifter, mar­tial artist and ex-bio­chemist Robb Wolf, who co-founded the very first Crossfit af­fil­i­ate.

46-50 Fin­ish the Job

Im­prove your odds of get­ting through your lis­ten­ing list with th­ese high-pow­ered pro­duc­tiv­ity podcasts

How I Built This

Guy Raz, host of the Ted Ra­dio Hour, quizzes the up­per ech­e­lons of the busi­ness world – such as James Dyson and Richard Bran­son – about their em­pires. Sit­ting on a great idea? This show will get you mov­ing.

The Ac­ci­den­tal Creative

Whether you cre­ate for a liv­ing, man­age artis­tic tem­per­a­ments or use the term as a eu­phemism for “prone to pro­cras­ti­na­tion”, Todd Henry – the “arms dealer for the creative revo­lu­tion” – will in­spire you.

Get­ting Things Done

Hailed as “the defin­ing self-help busi­ness book of its time” by Time, David Allen’s Get­ting Things Done has even be­come an ini­tial­ism: GTD. This pod­cast ver­sion sup­ports your prac­tice with es­sen­tial ad­vice.

HBR Idea­cast

Har­vard Busi­ness Re­view is a hot­bed of in­no­va­tion, and its pod­cast – un­like much of its con­tent – is free. Fea­tur­ing “the lead­ing thinkers in busi­ness and man­age­ment”, many episodes come in at un­der 20 min­utes – a sound in­vest­ment.

Eat Sleep Work Re­peat

The side hus­tle of Twit­ter’s Bruce Dais­ley, this busi­ness pod­cast looks at pro­duc­tiv­ity through the lens of work­place cul­ture and hap­pi­ness.






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