Want to know how to go from feeling “crappy to happy” in one swift move? Just imagine if you can turn your commute to work into one of your most favourite parts of the day. Then we have one word for you – podcasts.
We’ve curated a list of what we believe (in our humble opinion) are some of the best health podcasts on the market. If you’re new to podcasts, then you’re in for a treat, and a potentially transformative experience. Listening to health and wellbeing podcasts is a bit like having your best friend or your own personal cheer squad on speed dial, whenever you need them.
When you get started with podcasts, you’ll discover that there’s a lot to choose from. And we mean – a lot! So it can be a bit overwhelming at first, and also hard to find the true gems among the mountain of content available.
To get you started on this super-highway to health and commuter happiness, we’ve done some of the leg work for you. We’ve sifted through hundreds of podcasts delving into matters of the mind, body and soul to bring you five of our team’s favourites.Want to go from feeling “crappy to happy” before you even hit the office? Then tune in and listen to some of the best health podcasts on your way to work. #healthpodcast #happy #wellbeing #health Click To Tweet
1. The Minimalists
Why: This podcast isn’t about cleaning out your cupboard, it’s a recipe for creating a fulfilled life where less is more. The Minimalists has captured the zeitgeist of the second decade of the 21st century in western culture.
Hosts Joshua Fields and Ryan Nicodemus lead by example. In 2010, they walked away from their six-figure salary corporate careers and tossed out most of their material possessions to focus on “what’s truly important”.
But they aren’t asking you to give up your car, house or Smart TV. Their ultimate goal is to have their audience view the world through a different lens that values health, relationships, personal growth, altruism and finding your passion above material possessions.
Minimalism, in their words, “is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excesses in favour of focusing on what’s important so you can find happiness, fulfilment and freedom”.
What is it? The Minimalists hone in on what they’ve learnt from their own experiences in what is often ‘warts-and-all’ exposés.
Listeners can choose from short and long episodes. The 3-6 minute “Quickies” have lately proffered advice on “leaving the corporate world” and “minimalists’ preferences for gifts”.
The longer conversations, often with guests, broach practical topics like sustainable living and minimalist fitness approaches.
The Minimalists have two books and an award-winning documentary. Their blurb credits them with having helped over 20 million people live meaningful lives. That’s some achievement!
Get started with:
- Episode #130 covers food as fuel with wellness advocate Rich Rolls
- Episode #174 features health and fitness expert Ben Greenfield
- Episode #158 dives into self-care strategies
2. Feel Better. Live More.
Why: The podcast title says it all. Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s mission is to offer us a tempting smorgasbord of accessible conversations with the experts at the top of their game around achieving optimal health for a longer happy life.
He must be doing something right because in 12 months, Rangan’s podcast has shot to the top to become the number 1 podcast in the UK, downloaded more than 2 million times.
What is it? Rangan, a medical doctor with more than 16 years’ experience, is a celebrity in the UK, the star of two BBC 1 series and an author of two books. In his thoroughly engrossing podcasts, he interviews experts from “inside and outside of the health space”.
The good doctor and his interview subjects are informative and engaging. In a nutshell, you take away a raft of practical tips for a healthier and more contented life.
Get started with:
- Episode #63 covers gut health and probiotics with Dr Michael Russo
- Episode #55 talks about eating for longevity with Professor Valter Longo
- Episode #48 shares how to eat your way to better energy with James Collins
3. Crappy to Happy
Why: It’s refreshing to hear a vibrant Australian voice among the vast and growing pile of health and wellness podcasts, the majority of them from the USA.
Clinical psychologist Cass Dunn is based on the Sunshine Coast where she blogs, writes and presents online workshops and retreats to help her clients find joy and meaning in their lives.
What is it? Launched in 2017, the Crappy to Happy podcast features inspiring Australians in conversation with Cass and co-host celebrity trainer Tiff Hall about a broad range of topics that canvass health and wellbeing.
Where some podcasts tend to sag in the middle due to – in our opinion – self-indulgent navel gazing, this one remains on point..
Cherry-pick from guests including athlete, author and motivational speaker Turia Pitt, who shares her secrets to achieving your goals, and nutritional biochemist Libby Weaver who talks about the role of healthy eating as you grow older and why she thinks calorie counting is a waste of time.
Crappy to Happy made Apple’s list of best podcasts of 2018.
Get started with:
- Episode #3 talks about how to overcome emotional eating
- Episode #5 is all about sugar
- Episode #27 covers how to eat well to live well with Dr Libby Weaver
4. Health Report – ABC RN
Why: Since its inception in 1985, ABC Radio National’s Health Report has been produced and presented by medically qualified journalist, Dr Norman Swan. Wading through mountains of research each week, Dr Swan manages to tease out newsworthy stories on health and medical matters that have the potential to affect us all. It’s your go-to if you want to stay, according to Dr Swan, informed from “social, scientific and political points of view”.
What is it? Every week the Health Report is broadcast on ABC Radio National but it’s also available as a podcast. Each episode usually contains 2-4 topics where Dr Swan interviews experts about their research, study findings and experiences. You’ll be enlightened and educated at the same time. It’s also an opportunity to learn more about common health issues.
Get started with:
- Monday, August 1, 2019, talks about heart disease and stroke
- Monday, July 22, 2019, is all about blood pressure
- Monday, July 8, 2019 talks about chronic illness, and how our healthcare system is faring
5. Oprah’s Supersoul Conversations
Why: So you can join the legions of “Supersoulers” who worship at the altar of Oprah Winfrey. Or absorb the feel-good vibes that emanate from the media mogul and philanthropist who is right up there at the forefront of the mindfulness movement.
What is it? Oprah has interviewed leaders in the field of mindfulness and self-help, actors and authors and ordinary people with extraordinary stories of spiritual awakenings.
She manages to extract the most intimate details of people’s lives through her gentle persistent interviewing style.
Ranked number 10 on Forbes’ list of most successful self-made women in the USA in 2019, Oprah is a podcast superstar.
Get started with:
- July 9, 2018, where Michael Pollan talks about conscious eating
- November 5, 2018 – Kathy Freston talks about the 8 pillars of wellness that include conscious eating and exercise
- July 10, 2019, is an interview with Kris Carr, who’s a cancer survivor and wellness activist