I love me a good podcast almost as much as I love afternoon nap sessions and green smoothies. Monday through Friday I wake up, pour a cup of coffee and turn on an episode while I get ready for work. I rely on podcasts as much as coffee to jump start my day. When I have to do a long run on my own, podcasts keep me company for hours on end. I’ve been asked for podcast recommendations a few times lately by clients and friends so I thought I’d dedicate a whole post to my five favorites.
I prefer podcasts that are informative and entertaining. They need to teach me something NEW – not the same stuff that gets regurgitated all over the internet. I actually went vegan for over 2 years thanks to the “Food for Thought” podcast by Colleen Patrick Goudreau. She is so wicked smart and compassionate and it took about one day of listening to her for me to be like “buh-bye, animal products!” Honestly, if I started listening again, I’m sure I’d be vegan in like five seconds because what she says really resonates with me. Long story long, podcasts can be really impactful.
Here are my go-to podcasts for those solo long runs and my morning coffee time. I can listen to these for 20 miles straight, so trust me, they’re good.
RRP gets the number one spot without hesitation. Rich is an accomplished, vegan ultra-endurance athlete and former entertainment attorney turned full-time wellness & plant-based nutrition advocate, motivational speaker, husband, father of 4 and inspiration to people worldwide as a transformative example of courageous and healthy living. Rich has a unique outlook and mindset that can be hard to find elsewhere. He isn’t interested in “hacking” his life like so many people these days because he believes it’s the grappling and resistance that inevitably defines the battle. I love that way of looking at our journey. He brings forward-thinking, paradigm breaking, game changers onto his show for interviews and I’ve yet to listen to one that hasn’t taught me something or changed me in some way. He does all of his interviews in-person (as opposed to Skype) which makes for better quality and more authentic interactions. That may seem small, but it makes a big difference for me as a listener.
A good place to start: The interview with Khalil Rafati
Admittedly, this one sounds kind of cheesy (and it can be) but it’s also motivating. Lewis is a former NFL player turned “lifestyle entrepreneur” — I don’t totally know what that means but I roll with it. He interviews a whole slew of inspiring people doing very cool things in this world. There is actually a lot of overlap in his and Rich Roll’s guests. I’m never bored listening to this one and again, I can learn from basically every episode even if I don’t totally agree with what the guest has to say.
A good place to start: The interview with Russell Simmons
This one definitely earns its place on the list as the “guilty pleasure podcast.” It’s silly and when I listen, I feel like I’m just hanging out with some of my best girlfriends. The hosts, Elizabeth and Stephanie, love green juice, a good palm reading and YouTube meditation videos but they also say f*ck a lot — so basically they’re human. They bring on some wacky guests like tarot card readers and psychics – not the same caliber as Rich Roll and Lewis Howes – but definitely entertaining. Don’t expect an improved IQ from this one but be prepared for the same kind of mindless entertainment as a reality TV show. Hate reality TV? Skip this podcast.
A good place to start: New York State of MNDFL
I totally forgot about this one until Whitney reminded me of it. I know Jillian can be polarizing but I fall into the LOVE Jillian category. I never really watched The Biggest Loser but I find her personal story of success very inspiring. I began to really love her just recently when I watched her new reality show, “Just Jillian.” I am just getting back into her podcast but it’s mainly about health, fitness, well being and life in general. She sits around and chats with her crew and they answer listener questions.
A good place to start: Standing on your principles
Julia Hanlon is an avid runner and yoga teacher as well as a long time podcast host. When you tune into Running on Om, you’ll find interviews with a diverse group of innovators of the mind, body, and spirit connection— from authors, musicians, athletes, actors, entrepreneurs, yogis, to chefs— Julia believes that everyone has a story worth sharing. She is one of those genuinely nice people that you can’t help but like.
A good place to start: Lauren Fleshman on the Super Power of Authenticity