4 Fitness Podcasts for Motivation {Self-Care Saturday}

4 Fitness podcasts to help motivate and educate you on all things fitness and health.

As many of you know, I love to listen to podcasts.  As I focus on exercise this month, I have been listening to different health and fitness podcasts to help educate and motivate myself.  Here are the top four fitness podcasts that I’ve been listening to.  These are all podcasts that are still producing new weekly episodes.  When I try out podcasts, I often listen to the most recent couple of episodes as well as the first couple.

Ascend Lifestyle Performance Podcast

Ascend Lifestyle Performance Podcast – This podcast is hosted by Tanja Shaw. Formerly known as the Fit and Vibrant You Podcast, it features conversations about, “fitness, nutrition, lifestyle, mindset and inspiration so you can think better, eat better and move better.”  There are currently 98 episodes to listen to with a mix of interviews and just Tanja talking on selected topics.  This podcast has recently only been releasing new episodes on the first of the month.

FIT CHICKS Chat

FIT CHICKS CHAT–  This has become my favorite fitness podcast to listen to.  Laura Jackson and Amanda Quinn host this podcast where they, “talk all things fitness, nutrition and wellness for women to help you live your healthiest and fiercest life inside and out.” Some episodes they do interviews, other times it’s just the two of them talking.  It’s like a conversation with friends and not preachy at all.  They have a website where they feature show notes from their podcasts and include resources and links to things that they talk about during the show.

Fitness, Food, and Freedom

Fitness, Food and Freedom – Jordan Stolz hosts this three times a week podcast that focuses on fitness, food and freedom.  The weekly episodes include Motivation Monday, Workout Wednesday and Foodie Friday.  Each episode is only about 20 minutes. There are 146 past episodes that you can catch up on! Check out the podcast’s website for additional resources.

Get-Fit Guy's Quick and Dirty Tips to Slim Down and Shape Up

Get-Fit Guy’s Quick and Dirty Tips to Slim Down and Shape Up – The Get-Fit Guy’s Quick and Dirty Tips to Slim Down and Shape Up are just like the title states – quick, short episodes (about 20 minutes each).  This is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips franchise.  Brock Armstrong hosts more than 370+ exercise-focused episodes.  Although the podcast sounds scripted (which it is since he also has a written post with the same exact info on his website), he packs a lot of useful info into a short amount of time.  This is not a podcast that I can listen to every week.  Instead, I like to pick and choose topics of interest to me.

What are your favorite fitness podcasts to listen to?

Podcasts for the New Year

If you’re new to the blog, you may not know that I’m a big podcast listener.  I find that listening to podcasts help pass the time while I’m cleaning the house, driving around running errands and even showering. Instead of a list of podcasts that I’ve been listening to lately, I thought an episode specific post would be better. Especially because today’s post focuses on podcasts for the new year.  These are recent episodes that I’ve enjoyed that focus on “best of 2016” or things to look forward to in 2017.  If you’d like to read about some of my favorite podcasts you can read my blog posts, All the Podcasts Volume 1 and Volume 2.

2016 Wrap-Ups:

I Feel BetterEpisode #61: Favorite Pop Culture of 2016! – I’m not going to lie, the four hosts, Nicole, Ashley, Ashley D. and Linda are very giggly.  However, they are young, millenials who share movie, book, podcast and television recommendations.  I’m a regular listener of this weekly podcast and enjoyed listening to this episode of their favorites of the year.

Let It Out With Katie DaleboutBonus Episode: 16 Things I Tried in 2016  –  This is a pretty new  podcast that I’ve started listening to and I’ve only listened to a handful of episodes.  Katie is a speaker, blogger, author and life coach.  She interviews different guests and inspires listeners live their best life. However, I enjoyed listening to this podcast in which she shares 16 things that she learned this year.

Local MouthfulEpisode #173:  Home Cooking Highlights 2016 Edition –  There are only a couple of food podcasts that I listen to and Local Mouthful is one of them.  Hosts Joy Manning and Marisa McClellan have these soft, soothing voices and talk about all things related to food.  Although the tag line is “living the food life in Philadelphia and beyond,”  even if you live nowhere near Philly, you will learn a lot from this podcast.  In this episode, the two discuss their favorite recipes that they made this year.

2017:

All The Books –  Episode #87:  Anticipated Books of 2017 – I have to admit I’m not a regular listener of this podcast.  My to read list is already 600+ books long.  I’m not sure what would happen to my list if I listened to hosts Liberty and Rebecca discuss new releases each week.  However, I did enjoy listening to this episode in which the two talk about the books that they are most anticipating in 2017.

Elise Gets CraftyEpisode #117:  On “one little word” for 2017 – As I sit still pondering what my one little word for 2017 will be I found this podcast episode helpful.  Elise interviews Ali Edwards about the practice of choosing a word.  This was the first episode of this podcast that I ever listened to, which I found in a search for “one word.”

The SporkfulNew Year’s Food Resolutions 2017 – In this podcast not, “for foodies, it’s for eaters” host Dan Pashman replays one of his favorite episodes of the year.  Listeners also share the foods that they resolve to eat more of this year.

 

What are some of your favorite podcasts?

 

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All the Podcasts {Volume 2}

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My name is Nancy and I have a podcast addiction.   My family is aware of this addiction but I won’t go as far as saying they support it.  My daughter can now identify Gretchen Rubin and Heather Dubrow by their voices though! Showering, driving in the car and grocery shopping are the main times that I will listen to podcasts.  I tell my husband that working at home all day by myself, it’s like almost having conversations with other adults, or in my case, at least listening to adult conversation!  Back in September, I first posted about the podcasts that I was currently listening to.  Looking back at that post, the only podcast that I still regularly listen to is Happier with Gretchen Rubin.  So what am I currently listening to?

Heather Dubrow’s World – I love the Real Housewives shows and was excited to see that Heather, from the Real Housewives of Orange County, had a podcast.  In her podcast she talks about her family, what’s going on in her life as well as beauty, health and fitness.  If you’re not a fan of the Real Housewives or her in particular, you may not end up enjoying this one!

Sorta Awesome – This podcast is hosted by Megan Tietz.  Each week she is joined by one of three other co-hosts who discuss various topics including blogging, books, Myers Briggs and much more.

For Crying Out Loud

For Crying Out Loud – I’ve just started becoming a regular listener of this parenting podcast.  It is hosted by Lynette Carolla (wife of Adam Carolla) and author, Stefanie Wilder Taylor.  Be warned, there’s bad language and telling it like it is, which some may find inappropriate.  However, that’s what I like about it.  Both women are brutally honest about the good and not so good things going on in their lives.  They both are parents of twins and Stefanie has recently experienced one of her young daughters identifying as a boy.

Spawned with Kristen and Liz of CoolMomPicks

Spawned with Kristen and Liz of CoolMomPicks – This is another parenting podcast that I enjoy.  Two moms, both divorced who discuss a variety of parenting topics.  I especially like their Cook Picks of the week.

lohud food podcast – This is a local food podcast which I love to listen to, so I can hear about new restaurants and dishes to try.

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The Armchair Librarians – Steph and Jana are fellow bloggers and book lovers whose monthly Show Us Your Books linkup I join every month.  They have just started a book podcast that I am listening to and enjoying where they talk about all things books.

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All the Podcasts {Volume #1}

All the Podcasts

Here at NY Foodie Family, we have been super late to the podcast game.  We had heard so much about the podcast Serial, but only recently, as in a couple of weeks ago, listened to our first podcast.    Who knew there were so many podcasts out there?!!   And that we’d become such podcast addicts?!!!   After listening to so many different podcasts we have determined two things that can make or break it for us.  The first is the hosts. They have to be fun and engaging!  It also helps if they stay on topic.  Listening to some podcasts, the hosts go way off-topic and lose focus.  The second is the content.  The podcast has to be about something we are interested in listening to and/or learning about.  We are also discovering that there are few quality family and children’s podcasts out there.  New podcasts are being introduced every day. So stay tuned for more reviews as we continue our podcast obsession!

Our Favorites:

Happier with Gretchen Rubin – (Self-Help, Health) – I am a big fan of Gretchen Rubin and have read her books The Happiness Project, Happier at Home and Better Than Before, all of which I enjoyed.  She co-hosts this podcast with her younger sister Elizabeth and the two discuss a lot of the topics from the previously mentioned books, with a focus on being and living happier.  They give real-life examples, take reader questions and give realistic tips and strategies.  This is one of my favorite podcasts that I listen to on my own (though the Weekend Chef could probably get something out of it if he listened to it!).

The Nosh Show

The Nosh Show: A Fast Food & Junk Food Podcast – (Arts, Food, Business, Shopping, Health, Fitness & Nutrition) –  This podcast features four guys who each write their own junk food/fast food featured blogs.  Each podcast runs close to an hour and is filled with segments including “Nosh or Not” in which they discuss whether they’d try new products, plus reviews of recent foods that they’ve tried and news of new fast food and junk food products.  I like that this is a podcast that we can listen to as a family (which we did on our recent trip to Arlington).

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Serial – (News & Politics) – Hosted by Sarah Koenig, this podcast follows her as she looks into the 1999 murder case of Hae Min Lee.  Lee’s ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed was charged with the murder and was sent to prison for life plus 30 years, despite his claims of innocence.  In weekly installments, Koenig investigates this murder case, speaking with Syed as well as key witnesses during the trial.  I think this was one of the podcasts that contributed to the popularity of podcasts.  We are late to this and know this is really old in the world of podcasts, but we’re still hooked!

New Podcast Reviews:
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Girls in Heels – (Society & Culture, Personal Journals) – Episode #1:  Girls in Hells #1 (August 25, 2015) – This podcast is hosted by radio veteran Cooper Lawrence and Real Housewives of New Jersey (RHONJ) twins Teresa Aprea and Nicole Napolitano.  I was not familiar with Cooper Lawrence prior to this podcast and have only seen the twins a handful of times on the RHONJ (we got rid of cable and I have been in all Real Housewives withdrawal).   This 38 minute episode began with approximately 6 minutes of them talking about what/how they should choose their theme song.  Then another five minutes or so was spent talking about the shoes they were wearing.  The rest of the show was spent talking about a BBQ that the twins attended that was hosted by Joe Giudice and how his girls are dealing with their mom (Teresa) being in prison.

Summary:  While I found the little bits about filming the RHONJ interesting, overall this was just not worth my time.

Lady Lovin’ – (Society & Culture, Personal Journals) – Episode #1:  Cheaters (August 24, 2015)
What drew me to this fairly new podcast was Lo Bosworth.   I was introduced to her on MTV’s Laguna Beach, as Lauren Conrad’s BFF.  While I was never a big fan of hers on the show, this podcast had me curious.  This podcast is hosted by Lo Bosworth, DJ/writer, Jilly Hendrix, and comedian/writer, Greta Titelman.  This first episode was about cheating, so it was a subject that I found difficult to connect with.  The episode began with each host giving an update on what was going on in their lives.  They then chat about and stick pretty closely to the featured topic, regaling the listener with personal anecdotes. They end the episode with “Sexploration,” a segment in which they “delve” into their sexual quandaries.  This episode featured the fetish feedism.  Yeah, you just have to listen for yourself.

Summary:  This podcast was entertaining like chatting with your girlfriends.  Not for the prudish, with lots of cursing and sex talk.  Unfortunately, none of the other podcast topics are especially relevant to a married mother with children like myself (online dating, weddings and safe sex).  So, although entertaining, unlikely I will be listening to more episodes.

 

The Mighty Mommy’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Practical Parenting – (Kids & Family, Society & Culture) Episode 344 – 10 Essential Parenting Strategies for When Life’s Got You Down (September 13, 2015)
Host Cheryl Butler is the mother of 8 children.  In this 13 minute podcast she provides 10 parenting strategies for when “life’s got you down.”  Her strategies include “Accept It and Let It Go,” “Find Your Happy Place” and “Refuel Your Tank.”  Butler provides examples and when relevant, research to support each strategy.

Summary:  I found this podcast topic relevant and Butler’s strategies useful.  However, I found it very difficult to connect with her, as it sounds as if she’s reading from a paper and not having a “conversation” with the listener.   I am going to try to listen to a few more of these podcasts since they are short and informative.
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Munchies – (Podcasts) – Episode #1:  Danny Bowien – Failure Makes Everything Easier (September 16, 2015)
The title of this podcast doesn’t really give you a good idea of what it’s about.  This podcast is going to explore food culture and the culinary world by talking to famous chefs and celebrities.    There is currently only one episode of this podcast in which the host, editor-in-chief of Munchies, Helen Hollyman, interviews chef Danny Bowien.   Prior to listening to this podcast, I was unfamiliar with this chef who co-founded Mission Chinese Food and Mission Burger.  In this 23 minute podcast, I learned that Bowien was adopted as a child from South Korea and learned a little more about his childhood growing up in Oklahoma.  In a short period of time I feel like I really got to know this chef that before I knew nothing about.

Summary:  As a food lover, I have subscribed to this podcast and will be listening to more episodes!

Do you have any podcast recommendations for us?