I stopped listening to the radio some time ago. It was more because I started listening to podcasts than an aversion to radio. I found that I just didn’t have time to read everything I wanted to and started to use the time that I was in the car to listen to podcasts rather than time at home reading.

And now I have added a number of podcasts to my phone. The only problem is I don’t have time to listen to all of them each week – I only have a short commute to work. My solution? Listen to them at one and a half times speed. I’m trying to work my way up to double speed, but that takes some practise!

I’d love to share four of my top health podcasts. I don’t remember how I came across two of them, but somehow they have become regulars on my playlists.

The podcast that started it all for me was Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s Food For Thought. I loaded quite a few onto my iPhone for a European holiday a few years ago as I knew that I’d be spending a bit of time on trains and planes. Reading usually puts me to sleep and so does watching movies. Food For Thought gave me the impetus to try a 30 day vegan challenge beginning August 2012. And that 30 day challenge has never ended. I have since listened to every episode and some of them more than once. The format has changed a little since I started listening with smaller snippets now available, but the info and thoughts are really well crafted. Colleen loves using language and uses it in ways to help others engage in conversations about what we eat and don’t eat.

The Wellness Guys started as a single podcast and have extended to include a number of different podcasts as part of their Wellness Couch. These three guys are all chiropractors and each week interview people from around the world who are leading the way with wellness.

Up For a Chat is like being out for coffee with girlfriends for an hour. I do remember how I got onto this podcast. I don’t normally listen to music when I run, but a couple of years ago I had to go for a two and a half hour run as part of a training program. I decided to listen to something whilst running and loaded my iPod with a few episodes of The Wellness Guys.

The first one was an interview with Cyndi O’Meara from Changing Habits. The Wellness Guys episodes only go for half an hour. Within five minutes of their interview with Cyndi, when I was only 1km away from home, I wanted to turn around and go home and google her to find out as much as possible about who she is and what she does. The interview was fascinating and so much of what she said resonated with me and my beliefs towards health and nutrition. Anyway, I ran for another two hours and then spent the next six hours at home at the computer researching all of her work and buying her book. A little while later Cyndi joined Carren Smith and Kym Morrison on a podcast called Up for a Chat. And yes, I’ve listened to every episode!

The other podcast that I am currently listening to, and going through the back catalogue of episodes is 100 Not Out. It’s an interesting look at the way we age, and the secrets to aging well. What they have discovered through their interviews are three things in common with people who are aging well:

1. Purpose – we must have a reason to get up out of bed every morning.
2. Engagement – talking to other people. The more people we engage with the better quality of life we have, and
3. Exercise or movement – the old adage ‘move it or lose it’ rings true here.

I also listen to podcasts on other topics, but these are my top four for health. Do you listen to podcasts?What are your favourites?



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