Runners often prefer listening to music during workouts or while running to keep them motivated and reduce distractions from the outside world. What’s also becoming popular are podcasts. According a Washington Post report, running makes space for the brain to process new ideas, break down problems and think creatively. “Your brain is going to have lots of cognitive space available. You can use the cognitive space to learn something new or to plan out your days or just wait for that great idea or solution to a problem to pop into your head,” says an expert. And listening to podcasts helps in the process. It’s also a great way to catch up on news, expand your hobbies or simply entertain yourself.
Suggested Podcasts to Listen While Running:
This podcast is ideally suited for totally losing yourself in a run and syncing your mind and body. Radiolab blurs the line that divides science and philosophy. It tackles nebulous topics like time, morality, after life and offer a light and engaging narrative.
Run, Selfie, Repeat
Kelly Roberts started a blog shecanandshedid.com in 2013 to write about her initial struggle as a runner, weight loss issues, her journey to body positivity and how running changed her life. Roberts claims she is ‘a terrible, terrible athlete,’ but she likes to think that ‘running is a lot like grief, neither ever actually gets more comfortable. You get stronger.’
10% Happier With Dan Harris
Emmy award-winning journalist and news anchor Dan Harris went from a cynic to a believer after he had a panic attack in 2004 while on-air. The podcast, which shares its title with his bestseller, engages with meditation pioneers, celebrities, scientists, and health experts talking about training our minds and benefits of mindfulness. His guests share tips on how to balance success and happiness.
The Running For Real Podcast
The podcast is run by Tina Muir, a professional runner and a marathoner. Since 2017, it has had over 2 million downloads. Her goal is to educate, help and motivate people to run. Apart from everyday runners, her guests include sports psychologists, doctors, scientists, dietitians, elite runners, strength training coaches and running form experts.
No Meat Athlete
An excellent option for those striving to go vegan and those just wanting to find out how cleaning up your food could enhance your running. The podcast gives training tips, recipes, advice on how to transition to veganism and how not to compromise on your nutrients despite having a plant-based diet.
The Hilarious World of Depression
As the name suggests, it’s a podcast that tackles clinical depression and other mental health issues and is also funny. It’s a series of shared experiences that help in dealing with depression, battle stigma and encourage people to look at this journey in a funny light. Comedians like Whitney Cummings, filmmaker-actor Mark Duplass, celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern and many others have shared their struggles with mental health on this platform.