For the past year, a lot of us have relied on our daily walks as an escape from the house. Some have even been walking morning and evening to get the feeling of having a “commute” to and from work, and to inject a dose of normality back into life.
After a year of walking around the same routes with our headphones in, you might be getting a bit bored of your usual playlist or podcast. So, we thought we’d introduce you to a few new ones.
Here are our top 10 podcasts that will help you to look forward to your walks. Consisting of fitness, foodie, and mental wellbeing podcasts, we’re certain you’ll find something that’s up your street on this list.
1. The Scoop
Of course, we had to kick off with a podcast that we think is killing the game…our very own, The Scoop. Hosted by David Alorka and adorned with guests from all different arenas in the fitness space, The Scoop gets you the low-down on the hottest topics in the fitness industry.
Season 1 chatted to the likes of Matt Morsia and Laurence Shahlaei, and delved into some intense discussions around things like doping in professional sport, bodybuilding on a vegan diet, and steroid driven bodybuilding.
2. The James Smith Podcast
The no-nonsense PT James Smith offers a huge array of discussion on his pod. Sitting down with different guests each episode, chatting about everything from mental health, to dating, to BMIs.
This is the perfect pod if you want a bit of an all-rounder, with insightful, honest chat from James and his many guests, this podcast is a winner.
3. Mind Pump: Raw Fitness Truth
Hosted by Sal Di Stefano, Adam Schafer and Justin Andrews, Mind Pump promises the raw truth about all things health, fitness and nutrition.
Priding themselves on offering nothing but science-backed advice, this pod definitely doesn’t hold back on calling out any myths and pseudo-sciences in the fitness industry. Think topics like cheat meals, “the fat burning zone” and keto.
4. The Artist & The Athlete With Lindsay Czarniak
Lindsay Czarniak has spent her career hosting some of the biggest sporting events in the industry, including NASCAR and NFL. Now working for FOX Sport after a long career at ESPN, Lindsay has put all of her knowledge to good use in her podcast.
However, this podcast has a difference. As the title suggests, each episode sits a sports figure down with a musician for an in-depth chat about, well, pretty much everything. Lessons learnt in their industry, and how they’ve gotten to where they are today.
5. Radio Headspace
Headspace founder Andy Puddicombe has put his experiences as monk into this podcast, to give quick bites of advice to his audience. And although these daily episodes are only a few minutes long each, they’re perfect to start your walk on the right note.
Andy gives some practical tips on meditation, managing stress and anxiety, and stories from his time living in the monastery – many of which definitely provide some much needed comic relief!
6. The Sporkful
As host Dan Pashman says, The Sporkful “isn’t for foodies, it’s for eaters”.
Triple winner of “Best Food Podcast” The Sporkful talks about everything food, including the basics like how to make the best peanut butter and jam sandwich. But Sporkful also helps us to learn about history and science through food, for instance when they tested out Rosa Parks’ pancake recipe.
This pod will definitely have you hungry for dinner by the time you get home, and you might have learnt something new too.
7. Overheard at National Geographic
If you’re looking to really zone out from the world on your walk, Overheard at National Geographic is the pod of your dreams.
Travel with explorers, photographers and scientists from National Geographic to some of the most insane places in the world, and get their answers to the world’s most interesting questions. Conversations on what we know about Mars so far, what makes a “musical genius”, and even zombie parasites…
Fitness trainer and writer Emily Abbate’s podcast Hurdle is all about candid conversations with experts and inspiring individuals.
This 3x weekly podcast will give you plenty of listening to get through on your walk. Emily chats to elite athletes, CEOs, mental health professionals, and many more to get some insight into they’re highest moments, and how they overcome some of the tallest hurdles.
9. Off Menu with James Acaster and Ed Gamble
In this podcast, James and Ed bring their humour to the dinner table. Inviting new guests into their imaginary restaurant each episode and allowing them to choose a starter, main course, dessert and drinks before they chow down on some weird and wonderful conversation.
Walk with funny, insightful conversations with musicians, comedians, chefs, writers, journalists, and loads more.
10. The Dumbbells
Comedy and fitness unite in The Dumbbells podcast. Eugene Cordero and Ryan Stranger introduce you to their philosophy of “training dirty, eating clean and living in-between”.
This pod makes fitness advice funny, with whole episodes dedicated to “strange gym tales” you’re guaranteed to leave having learnt something new, and having had a good laugh.
Take Home Message
Whenever you choose to get your walk in, these podcasts are guaranteed to make sure you enjoy each and every step. Whether you’re looking for some mental wellbeing advice, some comic relief, some raw science-backed guidance for your training, or all of the above, these podcasts have got your back.
And of course, we’re a little biased…but don’t forget to check out The Scoop.