My Top 5 Podcasts for Health and Wellbeing

Thank goodness for podcasts. For me they turn “dead time” in my day (often driving to the gym and back) into useful and enjoyable time. I have learnt so much from listening to podcasts and for completely free, which makes it even better. Here are my top five wellbeing podcasts.

1. Sigma Nutrition Radio – Danny Lennon is the host of this brilliant evidence-based podcast, which focuses primarily on nutrition but often discusses training as well. He gets fabulous guests and always knows just the right questions to ask to ensure the listeners learn as much as they possibly can from those guests. This podcast is delivered in such a way that those without a scientific background can get a lot of value from it, and really helps me stay on top of research. I can’t recommend it enough.

2. Happier With Gretchen Rubin – As mentioned in my book recommendations, discovering the work of Gretchen Rubin was a game changer for me, as I did when I read her book The Happiness Project a few years ago. Since then I’ve devoured each and every episode of her weekly podcast, and through doing so have learnt so much about how to live a happier life. Every week I pick a up useful nugget of information or tip and couldn’t possibly count the changes it’s lead to in my life.

3. Sleep With Me – Now this is a slightly left-field recommendation as the podcast takes a bit of getting used to, but it makes it onto my top five list for the simple reason that it helps me get to sleep every single night. I struggle a lot to fall asleep so I’m always hugely grateful for anything that helps me to do so. In each episode host Drew Ackerman speaks in dulcet meandering tones about a huge wealth of topics in order to lull you to sleep. To be honest I fall asleep before I hear much of any episode so couldn’t really tell you much that he talks about. I can tell you however, that it makes falling asleep much easier for me and therefore I recommend it to anyone else who struggles with this. My top tip is to give it a few goes, as it does take a bit of getting used to.

4. Happy Place – As someone who suffers with depression, sometimes to quite debilitating levels, this podcast really helps me understand that I’m not alone in struggling with mental health. In each episode Fearne Cotton interviews a well-known person about their own battles with mental health and past guest have included Stephen Fry, Dawn French, Melanie C and Gary Barlow. I get lots of advice about how to improve my own mental health through listening to these discussions and, best of all, it reminds me that I’m most definitely not alone in my battle.

5. No Nonsense Nutrition Podcast – Presented by my fellow Mac Nutrition Uni graduates, this podcast analyses the science behind dieting myths, and always features an interesting discussion on all things nutrition.

I hope these recommendations inspire you to become the best version of you. If you have any others please do let me know, as I’m always keen to discover things that make the journey to being healthier easier and more enjoyable.

Laura Hilton