Podcasts have brought me so much joy and are one of the few things left in life which are free. They are a really quick way to absorb a lot of information and a chance to learn about any topic of your choice. They act as a great motivator to exercise as I look forward to sticking in my head phones and getting lost in the narrative. Not only does it provide motivation, it acts as a distraction and before you know it you have had an hour of entertainment and exercise.
To the uninitiated, podcasts are essentially like modern-day versions of radio recordings that you can listen to on your smart phone. There are so many podcasts available to choose from and it can be a minefield to know where to begin. I have created this to recommend some of my favourite ones which will help you to gain insight into achieving a positive mindset, motivation to engage in exercise and some other just basic entertainment podcasts. I have classified them into groups depending on your partialities:
Podcasts to listen to when you want to zone out, similar to the same effect of watching your favourite soap:
This section is all home-grown from Irish talent
- How to be Sound
Rosemary Mac Cabe’s podcast ‘How to be Sound’ is a podcast where she sits down with a guest and they discuss how to be better at life. It covers topics such as the environment, body positivity, endometriosis, romance, issue of consent and careers. Rosemary is one of the few people who also transcribes each podcast so that people who are hard of hearing can also follow along which I think is really admirable. Rosemary continues to present a very real persona online which is very hard to find in this day and age. She is not afraid to discuss taboo topics and is very honest and open about her beliefs and values. She is the first to admit when she is experiencing a difficult time, not everything is portrayed in the high gloss façade that occupies so much of the online world. I don’t think she realises how witty she is which makes her even more alluring. Rosemary is someone we would all benefit from time to time to give us a real dose of reality. Give it a listen.
- Girls with Goals
This is Her.ie’s women’s podcast which covers a whole host of different topics. They have really great guests none other than Simon Harris himself. Niamh Maher, the narrator, seems really nice and creates a very fun and welcoming atmosphere. She recently had the Skin Nerd (Jennifer Rock) on which enlightened my knowledge about the importance of looking after our skin an organ we often pay little heed to. Other interviewees have been Cassie Stokes form Xpose, Milie Mackintosh and Rosemary McCabe as above to name but a few. The guests discuss really interesting topics and there is always lots of laughter. A feel good podcast for easy listening.
- Before Brunch
It is presented by Megan Cassidey and Cassie Delany and released every Sunday. The topics of discussions basically synopsises discussions that you might have with your best friends over Bunch. It is similar to listening in on a little gossip session about occurrences in the celeb world with the odd serious topic thrown in to raise its intellectual standard from time to time. It is a really easy listen and again the girls seem really sound and fun.
Fitness Motivation Podcasts
Again my selection is biased and very Irish based but we really have a lot of talent on our shores.
- The Real Health Podcast with Karl Henry
This is a healthy living podcast produced by Karl Henry who we all know from Operation Transformation. The episodes inform the listeners in very simple and clear terms what you need to be doing to live healthier every day. Karl is joined by experts in the field and unearths the science behind the advice which makes it understandable and achievable. He discusses in basic terms easily achievable and maintainable life swaps that can make a massive difference to health. Topics discussed include mental wellness, the importance of sleep, nutrition and exercise. Karl presents as being someone who genuinely wants to make a difference to Irish people and he is really passionate about sharing his acquired knowledge. There are no frills attached to this podcast; it is clear, evidence based, factual information which really inspires its listeners.
- Brian Keane Fitness Podcast
Where do I start with this one? I have been following and listening to Brian for over a year at this stage and his depth of knowledge on a broad range of topics is incredible. He prides himself on continually educating himself and reads a huge number of books to maintain this. The wisdom he shares is worth paying for so it’s amazing that it is shared with listeners for free. I particularly recommend this podcast to anyone who has adolescents in their life who may not be able to afford personal training as it provides the information that could enable someone to create their own diet and fitness plan. Brian interviews leaders in the word of fitness, health, mindset and natural wellness to share tips about all things that can support you on your journey to becoming the best version of yourself. The discussions on mindset hold the most value in my perspective as he really understands the everyday challenges we face and having been through a lot of the hurdles we each face Brian offers incredible life changing advice. Similar to Karl Henery’s podcast this advice is offered with a no-nonsense tone and is based on either his own personal experience or from significant research into the area. Brian recently completed Marathon Des Sables which is the toughest foot race on earth of 250km through the Sahara Dessert. When he puts his mind to something there are no limits and he shares his immense knowledge on how to achieve your goals. I have really benefitted from the copious amounts of advice he shares and you will too as there is something in it for everyone.
- The Food Medic Podcast by Dr Hazel Wallace
This is the most recent brainchild of Dr Wallace and it has shot to the top of podcast charts in no time which is a credit to her and the quality of the information being provided. This podcast is hosted by Dr Hazel Wallace who is a Doctor, Personal Trainer, Blogger and Author. I have followed Hazel on Instagram for a few years and really admire her drive and determination to promote diet as a form of medicine and to increase the public awareness of the impact of diet on overall health. For her young age, she has achieved so much and also appears to be beautiful inside and out. In the podcast Hazel interviews guests who provide evidence based advice on how to live healthier lives. So far the topics have included; skin health, what to eat and when to eat, lifestyle, medicine, clean eating and orthorexia.
Mindset Motivation Podcasts
- Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations
My favourite of all podcasts. If you haven’t discovered this one yet you are in for a treat! It genuinely has a life changing impact. I find that I almost have to have a pencil in my hand to write down the pearls of wisdom offered from these. Oprah has again evidenced her absolute brilliance in her ability to spread positivity around the globe. The episodes will feed your soul and make you question your value systems. The deeper world around us all is illuminated through these conversations with like-minded soul searchers. Oprah interviews; thought leaders, bestselling authors, spiritual luminaries, as well as health and wellness experts all designed to help guide you through life’s big decisions, challenges and enable you to become the best version of yourself. The likes of Caroline Myss, Eckhart Tolle, Bene Brown, Dr Phil and my favourite of all Dr Maya Angelou share their depth of knowledge and ignite sparks of hope, resilience and coping to the listeners. This podcast is a must.
- Happy Place Fearne Cotton
This is a podcast I have only recently come across however it is a treasure. Fearne’s bubbly engaging personality is inviting and welcoming. Fearne talks to an array of different people about life, loss, love and everything in between as they speak about what happiness means to them. It is a very thought-provoking podcast as you hear the personal struggles of some of the most well-known people in the world. It is a stark reminder that all is not as it appears to be on the outside. A lovely one to switch off and unwind to while cooking the dinner. It will definitely leave you with food for thought along with a more positive grateful attitude.
- JT fitness Guide
Jacqui Twohig doesn’t have a podcast but I couldn’t not include her here as her presence and message is so important. While she is a fitness instructor she is so much more and it is her in-depth knowledge on mindset that sets her apart from the thousands of other personal trainers. While Jacqui doesn’t have a podcast she speaks on Instagram stories in detail and provides a wealth of knowledge about so much more than just fitness. She motivates and inspires listeners to live a life full of appreciation for life’s small blessings, encourages a deeper understanding of your own goals and why they are important to you and also provides a wealth of knowledge in enabling change in our lives. Another really inspiring Irish woman whose motives are real and true.
I listen to podcasts in the morning time, usually during my walking commute to work or while engaging in exercise. I really think that they have a massive positive impact on my mindset for the day ahead. One of the lovely pleasures in life that I hope you also benefit from. Let me know if you yourself have any that you would add to the list.
Happy Weekend! Have a great one!