As I mentioned in a prior post, I have been spending less and less time on social media and have found it has benefited both my productivity and my mental well-being. But disengaging from what everyone is saying, doesn’t mean I want to disengage from what some people are saying. Whereas Facebook, Twitter and the like, became for me a sea of cluttered noise and unwanted opinions, I still want to hear opinions and ideas, I just want to have the ability to be a little more selective. Enter podcasts.
When you subscribe to an individual’s or a company’s podcast, you get to listen to what they have to say, in depth, while not having to listen to a million other people’s opinions of it. Yes, you could do the same on Facebook, but presently Facebook shows you all the things the people you are friends with are clicking and commenting on, whether you are interested in those things at all.
When do I have time to listen to podcasts you ask? I listen while working out and while doing chores around the house. If I go anywhere with a long bus commute or time spent standing in a long line somewhere, it’s podcasts to the rescue.
These are my current favorite podcasts:
1.) Rise and Resist
Created and hosted by health coach Lacy Davis, and trainer Holly Works, both vegans living in the Bay Area, Rise and Resist podcasts cover the areas of fitness, veganism, body image, feminism, diet, weight lifting, weight issues, eating disorders, self-love, and more. Holly and Lacy speak naturally and honestly about their lives, their struggles, and accomplishments. They share their favorite tips, short-cuts, snacks and ideas. Podcasts are about an hour long and come out every 1-2 weeks. I normally hate podcasts that have tons of small talk and at first I wasn’t sure about this one because they start each podcast with a re-cap of their weeks. But as someone in a similar field of work, their days quite often resemble mine, and it was fun to hear how other coaches manage their day-to-day. After the first 20 minutes or so they settle into the day’s topic and then end each podcast with a cute segment called One-Rep Snacks which has given me lots of fun snackage inspo.
Rich Roll is a vegan ultra endurance athlete and the author of autobiographical book Finding Ultra, which I very much enjoyed. Rich has been podcasting for many years. I know this because I can remember listening to episodes while training for marathons, and I haven’t run one in years. While not every one of Rich’s podcasts speaks to me personally, I still tune in to catch the start of each and am often surprised when an hour or more has passed and I am enthralled.
Recently on Facebook, I recommended his 2 hour interview with Iron Cowboy, James Lawrence, all about Lawrence’s incredible, mind-boggling accomplishment of 50 Iron Man distance Triathlons in 50 days in 50 different states. I mean, yeah, read that sentence again and think about what that really means!! I was enraptured by this podcast, literally forgot where I was, stayed at the gym an hour longer than usual just to keep listening and it has been rattling around in my brain in the week since I listened. Game-changing.
Rich’s podcasts are not all about veganism or even about fitness. His goal is to interview the outliers and success stories across many different fields of human development and achievement. Because he has been at it for so long, this is a polished and professional podcast.
3.) The Moth
My sister told me about The Moth Story Hour and even herself presented a story at a Moth story event (which she ahem, never sent me the recording of, hint, hint). What is the Moth? It’s straight up story telling. People get up in front of a live audience and tell a 10-20 minute personal true story. Some are hysterical and I laugh out loud, others are so sad, I am left weeping. Most are a little of both. If you like stories (and who doesn’t) you will be riveted. If you are a writer or anyone who works in a business that uses stories in their marketing (every business), you will also enjoy thinking about what makes a good story and how you can apply that in your own work.
Vegan coaches, body-building competitors, and owners of VeganProteins.com, Dani Taylor and her partner Giacomo Marchese, host this weekly podcast on fitness, veganism, body building, dieting, and health. In the last podcast, they gave a super detailed peek behind the curtain of body building competitions that was just fascinating. Dani also sells one of the best books on Flexible Dieting I have ever read and that is a frequent topic. (Which reminds me I need to do a post on Flexible Dieting!). I also love that in their podcasts you get the unique interplay of how men and women view and talk about things differently. As with Rise and Resist, there is no dietary dogma or faddish, woo diet stuff here. Just science-based info which I much appreciate.
5.) Lift Like a Girl
Nia Shanks is a body-positive fitness coach for women and I must confess, although I follow her blog, I have yet to have a chance to listen to her podcasts. But I have subscribed and wanted to mention it because I think it’ll be good. I like the things she writes about. Take a listen and let me know what you think.
I’m sure there are tons of other great podcasts and I’d be delighted to hear any recommendations you have, although there are only so many listening hours in a day!
In the next post I am going to share my favorite youtube channels, so please stay tuned!