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My Top 5 Podcast Recommendations

For as long as I can remember, I have been an avid fan of media – television, movies, music, and most recently, podcasts. Although this is primarily a health and wellness blog, I wanted to start sharing some of my recommendations. I fully believe that relaxing and learning are both an important part of wellness and balance. Since I’m primarily listening to podcasts these days, I though I would start with my top five podcast recommendations. Although I subscribe to about fifty podcasts, these five are ones that I (almost) never miss an episode.

my top 5 podcast recommendations

The Jillian Michaels ShowThanks to her run as a trainer The Biggest Loser, Jillian is easily one of the most recognizable figures in the fitness world. She didn’t get the greatest reputation on the show and I think the podcast allows people to see a different side of her. Although her podcast is not nearly as focused on fitness and health as it used to be, those are still some of my favorite segments. I still enjoy her takes on life, career, and answers to listener questions. She also shares stories from her personal life, which are always entertaining. I often find myself laughing out loud while listening to her show!

The RobcastRob Bell used to be my pastor here in Michigan, up until a few years ago. His teachings and books have had a profound impact on my faith and my life. You can imagine that I was heartbroken when he and his family moved to Los Angeles a few years ago. He launched The Robcast in early 2015. While it’s not quite the same as hearing him teach live at church each week, it’s a pretty great alternative. While many episodes do have a spiritual bend, it’s largely about how to live a better, more whole life.

The School of Greatness. Lewis Howes is a former pro-athlete turned lifestyle entrepreneur. On Mondays and Wednesdays, he releases interviews with leading names in a wide range of industries. Recent episodes have featured Stacy London (What Not to Wear), Arianna Huffington (The Huffington Post), and Jenna Ushkowitz (Glee). Fridays are “Five Minute Fridays,” a short and inspiration message that are some of my favorite episodes. We can all use quick hits of positive thoughts in our lives.

The 5am Miracle. Jeff Sanders hosts this podcast that is all about “how to dominate your day before breakfast.” He shares information on productivity, mastering early mornings, health and fitness, and more. On some episodes, he’ll host interviews and others are him sharing his personal productivity hacks and insights.

The Rich Roll Podcast. With episodes that are generally 90 minutes or longer, Rich Roll’s podcast is a bit of a time investment, but always worthwhile. Rich is a highly successful endurance athlete and a leading voice for a plant-based diet. The episodes are always thought-provoking and encourage the listener to live a better, healthier life. Due to the length of each episode, Rich and his guests have the opportunity to dive deep into the topic at hand. The conversational tone always makes me feel like I’m meeting friends for coffee, not just listening to a podcast.

What are your favorite podcasts?

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