Health and Fitness Podcasts for the Busy 30 Something

Its confession time you have a full-on podcast addiction. Between commuting to spending time at your desk to counting down the minutes on the treadmill. You can basically count on the fact that you are listening to a podcast. Especially fitness podcasts. The best thing about fitness podcasts being that they are a low keyway to take in some pretty great advice. On literally any topic of health or fitness that you can think of. Do you want a training guide to your first marathon? Check. Do you want advice on how to build leaner, stronger muscles? Check. Are you even interested in backpacking, but don’t know where to start? All of these topics have a very in-depth podcast to go along with them.


Rich Roll could be considered the ultimate Jack of All Trades when it comes to health and fitness. Being an ultra-athlete, best-selling author, and self-proclaimed wellness evangelist Rich definitely has some solid advice to offer. He also has some great guests on the show, where they really dig in deep into the topic at hand. With the average episode lasting over ninety minutes, this is a fantastic show to listen to while at the office or at the gym.

2.      On Purpose with Jay Shetty

On Purpose host Jay Shetty is a former monk turned inspirational speaker. Shetty is often tapped to lead inspirational talks at companies such as Facebook and Google and has coached top executives on social media strategy. In the podcast, he distills the knowledge and lessons he learned as a monk into actionable advice you can incorporate into your everyday life. Expect interviews with big-name celebrities such as Khloe Kardashian and executives such as Netflix co-founder Marc Randolph in this top-rated podcast.

3.      Life Kit: All Guides

Each episode in the Life Kit podcast from NPR is essentially a how-to guide for different challenges or experiences in life. Topics range from how to sleep better to how to learn to love exercise (or at least like it). The podcast doesn't just cover health and fitness -- it also includes episode guides on finances, family issues and more.

4.      Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris

If you've ever been skeptical about the benefits of meditation, but are curious about learning more, Dan Harris's podcast is a good place to start. Harris is known as the news anchor that had a panic attack live on Good Morning America, which is what led him to try meditation, even though he doubted that it would help him.

He eventually found so much success with it he wrote the bestselling book 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works. His podcast covers various topics related to meditation, ambition and enlightenment.

5.      Rise Together Podcast

The Rise Together Podcast is hosted by motivational speaker and best-selling author Rachel Hollis and her husband Dave Hollis. While not your typical "wellness" podcast, the couple discusses everything from relationships and sex to parenting and finances.

6.      Bulletproof Radio

Tech entrepreneur Dave Asprey (best known for founding Bulletproof coffee) made it his personal mission in life to find ways to level up your body, mind and life. Through his own personal experiments, he's traveled the world and discovered some of the most interesting ways that people can do everything better.

His most notable takeaways are to do with his brand, but you can also hear more about his experiences in his podcast, where he interviews prominent doctors and leaders in the wellness space.

7.      The Goop Podcast

Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop editor Elise Loehnen take turns hosting episodes of the Goop Podcast, which covers topics related to holistic and alternative medicine, fitness, nutrition, spirituality and more. Expect interviews with leaders and interesting figures in the wellness space, including doctors, CEOs and spiritual leaders featured in Goop, Paltrow's newsletter and site.

8.      Rdella Training

Host of Rdella TrainingOpens in a new Window.Opens in a new Window.Opens in a new Window.Opens in a new Window., Scott Iardella, is a former physical therapist and a current strength coach — which means he knows his shit. He’s also really into kettlebell training, mobility work, powerlifting, and Olympic weightlifting, so he’s not going to shell out the same old advice you’ve been hearing from personal trainers for years. His format varies: Sometimes he interviews other industry experts, and sometimes he goes solo, dispensing his own knowledge and expertise. Either way, you’re only going to hear science-backed info on getting stronger, faster.

9.      Strength & Scotch Podcast

If you prefer your training advice with a side of humor (and alcohol), the Strength & Scotch PodcastOpens in a new Window.Opens in a new Window.Opens in a new Window.Opens in a new Window. might be for you. Hosts Heavey and Grant provide a mix of real-life coaching experience with a desire to get to the bottom of popular diets and training trends. This podcast doesn’t focus on a specific type of training, but it does provide a well-rounded, unbiased perspective on a range of fitness topics.


10.  Ben Greenfield Fitness

Ben Greenfield’s an interesting guy with an interesting, “primal fitness” background, and an incredibly successful business that his podcast helps promote. In other words, the man knows his stuff, but he certainly has his biases. That said, with almost 400 episodes covering topics like, “How to Be the Fittest Old Person,” and “The Most Potent Natural Alternative to Viagra,” Greenfield offers wellness information you won’t find everywhere else. If you’re into natural remedies and functional fitness, Ben Greenfield FitnessOpens in a new Window.Opens in a new Window.Opens in a new Window.Opens in a new Window. is worth a listen.


11.  Shredded by Science

The Shredded by ScienceOpens in a new Window.Opens in a new Window. podcast is a little different than the other ‘casts on this list, as it’s actually geared toward fitness professionals. In other words, it’s pros talking to other pros, all in the name of making the fitness industry a better, more credible community — which is great, because frankly, there’s a lot of really bad information out there. If you’re tired of “bro science,” and you’re ready to base your training on solid, numbers-based data, you can’t go wrong with this one.


12.  MindPump: Raw Fitness Truth

For a raw, Howard Stern–style fitness show, MindPumpOpens in a new Window. deserves a download. Buddies Sal DiStefano, Adam Shafer, and Justin Andrews meet up for an almost-daily podcast where they break down commonly held misconceptions and share their industry knowledge as trainers, coaches, and gym managers, all with a side of humor. If you aren’t into interview-style podcasts, MindPump gives you the chance to break things up and “hang out” with the bros.