They're the perfect workout companions.
If your workout playlist is exhausting itself before exhausting you, then consider switching your approach: swap in a mentally stimulating podcast to distract you just enough to get through those pull-ups, long runs, and lunges. From laughs to science lessons, here are ten we think you’ll love. And don’t fret about missing out on the top podcast of them all: Serial returns next year.
The Mortified Podcast
This gut-busting, open-mic style podcast features people reading from their childhood journals. You’ll get an ab workout as you laugh along to their embarrassing and angsty recollections.
High-Performance Mindset with Dr. Cindra Kamphoff
Cindra Kamphoff has a PhD in Sport and Performance Psychology, and she puts it to good use in this talk-show podcast that encourages listeners to maximize their own physical and mental potential.
NYT Music Popcast
If your workout playlist is prominently pop music, then this NYTcommentary is gold. The hosts dissect the art and intent behind musicians and their hits, often getting interviews with the songmakers themselves. The podcast gives everlasting flavor to otherwise fleeting, of-the-moment music.
Keeping Fit with Apple Watch and Equinox: Special Event
This stand-alone podcast episode features a panel of Equinox trainers discussing fitness and healthy-living tips with Apple's Jay Blahnik. You'll also learn new ways to incorporate your Apple Watch into your workout. But even if you don't own the gadget, you'll enjoy the discussion that's jam-packed with useful trainer advice.
G.O. Get Outside
If you’re taking your fitness regimen outdoors—or if you’re wishing you could during cold winter months—then turn on this talk show, where enthusiasts highlight their expertise—from canyoneering to dirtbagging—and inspire you to get out and explore for yourself.
Host Starlee Kine solves bizarre mysteries submitted by listeners. However, they’re not whodunits like on Serial—instead, they’re sometimes inane, always wonky mysteries like this one from a poorly circulated author: “How did Britney Spears acquire my floundering novel, and why was she photographed holding it while dining with her parents? And…did she like my book?” If anything, you’ll become an ace private investigator yourself.
How Did This Get Made?
Comedians Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas watch terrible movies, and then riff on them as they recount each excruciating scene. It’s like Mystery Science Theater, without having to actually sit through the oddball feature.
Call Your Girlfriend
As its description states, this one is “for all the long-distance besties out there” and features the realest real talk; no topic is off limits for its three witty, worldly hosts. You’ll feel like you’re catching up on the news while also catching up with your closest pals.
Fresh Air with Terry Gross
You’re probably already a fan of this NPR program. But it's worth a reminder that there's also a podcast version featuring the soothing mother of radio, Terry Gross, interviewing significant pop culture figures on their achievements and efforts. It’ll give you more water-cooler fodder than any football game.
The One You Feed
A parablestates: “There is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, and resentment. The other is good. It is joy, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and bravery.” The one that wins is “the one you feed.” This podcast profiles numerous people who inspire a “good wolf” way of living.