Bite-size wellness booster: the health podcasts you’ll want in your life

We all want to live as healthy and happy a life as possible, but there are times when we’d benefit from some expert advice and a motivation boost to get us there. And while health and wellness info is easier to find than ever, we can feel bombarded by the amount that’s out there, struggle to find the time to watch the latest documentaries or get around to reading those online articles we bookmarked ages ago.

Enter podcasts: no matter how busy your life is, you can get your daily dose of wellness inspiration anytime, anywhere. Think of them as a free online audio library accessible from your laptop or mobile device, covering pretty much any topic you can think of. Use any podcast manager to find the channels that pique your curiosity and you’re set to enjoy stimulating and informative content on your morning commute, in the gym or while taking care of the daily chores at home.

From speedy expert views on latest food trends, to guided meditations and discussions on the hottest wellness topics of the day, we’ve rounded up some of the best body and mind podcasts you’ll be glad to have added to your daily wellbeing regime. Start here and see where the journey takes you!

  1. TED Talks Health

Who doesn’t love TED? The global community is known for their viral content in the form of groundbreaking expert talks that aim to spark conversation and change lives. Faithful to the short and sweet TED format, the TED Talks Health podcast comes as powerful presentations in 18 minutes or less. The episodes feature doctors, researchers and other thought leaders who present their insights and discoveries in thought-provoking and entertaining videos. From breakthroughs in medicine to emotional first aid, the reasons we laugh to living passionately at any age, TED Talks Health will keep you inspired and up-to-date on the latest from the world of health. We recommend you start by checking out Sandra Aamodt’s talk on ‘Why Dieting Doesn’t Usually Work’ (because life’s too short to quit biscuits for good)!

And if you can’t get enough of TED, there’s also TED Talks Education and TED Talks Art

  1. Breaking Down Nutrition

While we’re bombarded with nutritional info on a daily basis, making sense of it all is perhaps harder than ever. What on earth is FODMAP? Is chocolate good for us or not? Hail or not hail the latest celebrity endorsed food trend? If the jargon and all the contradicting blurb makes you want to give up and reach for the doughnuts, take a moment to listen to Dr. Susan Mitchell’s podcast on what works (and what doesn’t) when it comes to food and diet. Susan is a registered nutritionist and her podcast gets to the point quickly in mini episodes in which she dispels myths, examines the latest food trends and shines the spotlight on healthy eating heroes from turmeric to avocados.

Want more nutrition tips from mindful eating to optimising your breakfast? Look up The Nutrition Diva’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Eating Well and Feeling Fabulous.

  1. Beauty Inside Out

If a podcast could give you a ‘glow’ it would surely be this one. Beauty Inside Out is the podcast adventure of Kimberly Snyder, a celebrated nutritionist, beauty expert and author of the New York Times best-sellers The Beauty Detox Power, The Beauty Detox Foods and the Beauty Detox Solution. Her podcast is designed to empower us to make better choices and boost wellness in all areas of our lives, helping us feel healthier, happier and more gorgeous. Packed with nutritional advice, beauty tips and spiritual inspiration, Kimberly’s advice on healthy living is delivered in a joyful and down-to-earth style. Expect lively conversation on a wide range of wellness topics such as Ayurvedic practices, seasonal eating, gratitude and aromatherapy, FAQ sessions as well as exciting interviews with today’s top healthy living luminaries from Deliciously Ella to Deepak Chopra.

Love Beauty Inside Out? Check out The Ultimate Health Podcast for more ways to take your wellness to a new level.

  1. The Daily Meditation Podcast

The idea of meditation seems simple enough: close your eyes and focus on something that helps quieten your mind. But if you’re someone who struggles to fit meditation into your life, would like a bit more guidance to get the most out of your practise or are interested in trying out new techniques, Mary Meckley’s The Daily Meditation Podcast is for you. As a certified meditation teacher, Mary is passionate about helping more people manage the stressful aspects of modern life by making meditation a natural part of the day. Drawing from multiple traditions, Mary guides us through a diverse range of approaches to meditation from various breathing techniques to mantras and walking meditations. Each week is focused on a specific topic, so whether you want to manage stress, boost your confidence or foster self-love, there’s a 7-day series of meditations to help you. With hundreds of episodes delivered in Mary’s soothing voice, incorporating meditation into your life has never been easier.

Want even more ‘Om’ in your life? Try 10% happier with Dan Harris, the meditation podcast by an ABC newsman and a former meditation sceptic.

  1. Katy Says with Katy Bowman

Moving better makes you feel better, and according to Katy Bowman, biomechanist and bestselling author of ‘Move Your DNA’, healthy movement isn’t about making sure we get enough exercise to compensate for all those sedentary hours spent at our desks. Rather, it’s about tweaking how we move (or not) on every day to make sure we get the full spectrum of ‘movement nutrition’ our bodies are craving. How our ancestors lived (and moved their bodies) is a far cry from how most of us live today, yet it’s something we can begin to change, and Katy’s holistic approach to movement not only keeps our bodies fitter but can also help us prevent and recover from many modern ailments. Old or young, movement matters to everyone, so join Katy and movement geek Dani Hemmat as they talk minimal footwear, swinging on monkey bars and setting up a dynamic workstation to get our desk-based work done in a more body-friendly way.

Enjoying Katy Says? For more content on natural movement and beyond, listen to the Liberated Body Podcast.

  1. The Rich Roll Podcast

With over 21 million downloads, The Rich Roll Podcast is one of the most popular wellness podcasts out there. And while you might expect Rich – a passionate vegan endurance athlete and author of ‘Finding Ultra’ and ‘Plantpower Way’ – to focus on fitness and nutrition, he doesn’t stop there in his quest to help people become their personal best. In each episode, Rich has a stimulating (and sometimes provoking) conversation with one of today’s brightest entrepreneurs, athletes, artists and spiritual leaders, with an intention to help us move over the mental and physical hurdles on our path to living our most authentic lives. And it doesn’t matter where you are on your wellness journey – Rich was unhealthy and unfit until he turned his life around in his 40s – you can begin to shift things around right now, and this podcast will give you a motivational boost once a week.

Inspired? Head over to the Bulletproof Radio podcast by Dave Asprey for similar content.

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