With so much on the internet today, a lot of articles and resources do not go into great depth. The best podcasts and websites for wellness can be hidden by the overwhelming grip that mainstream media outlets hold in the niche. When it comes to my health, I remain skeptical of any advice that large health organizations offer to appeal to the masses.
Beginning with a basic Google search, the first link you click is rarely the best which can lead you down a rabbit hole of back links. While Google is king for finding internet content, podcasts can provide another form of great material and include additional resource recommendations.
Sometimes the resources we consume can be an indicator of our values. All of the podcasts and resources I learn from on a consistent basis have similar intentions and primarily focused on enhancing wellness. Some of the common themes I look for are:
- Influential guests from a wide variety of entrepreneurial backgrounds
- Health and lifestyle focused
- Optimizing performance
- Nutrition and fitness
- Ancestral health
- Inspiring, motivating, and actionable
In this article, I wanted to offer some recommendations on what I feel are sources with quality content and align well with the mission of Choose Your Wellness. In no particular order, the following section includes a list of podcasts and websites that I reference on a day to day basis.
I rate a podcast in a couple of different ways. If you can trust that a source always provides epic content, you become more focused on the learning experience. Entering an episode with the mindset of finding actionable strategies to implement in your own life, is a great way to learn quicker. As with anything, there must be great content on a consistent schedule.
Another component I look for is the quality of questions the host asks the guest. The good ones have an amazing ability to shift the conversation to answer important questions that are consistent with their mission and the goals of their listeners. A great host is one who can interpret the teachings from their guest into easily understood information for their listeners.
In addition to the podcast itself, I have selected an episode for each based on what I listened to most recently. For an unbiased description of each, the following selections include their iTunes descriptions.
The School of Greatness – with Lewis Howes
“Lewis Howes is an NYT bestselling author, lifestyle entrepreneur, former pro athlete and world record holder in football. The goal of the School of Greatness is to share inspiring stories from the most brilliant business minds, world class athletes and influential celebrities on the planet; to help you find out what makes great people great.”
Start with: “Wim Hof on mastering your breath, body, and mind”
The Model Health Show – with Shawn Stevenson
“The Model Health Show is a fun, entertaining, and enlightening look at health and fitness. World-renown author and nutritionist Shawn Stevenson breaks down complex health issues and makes them easy to understand and overcome. Whether it’s weight loss, chronic fatigue, heart disease, diet, exercise, sex, hormones, sleep problems, or countless other health topics, the insights you get here will help you transform your health and live your best life ever.”
Start with: “THMS 147: 10 Ways Sleep Can Give You A Better Brain”
The Charged Life – with Brendon Burchard
“#1 New York Times bestselling author Brendon Burchard shares insights on motivation, success, high performance, and living a fully charged life.”
Start with: “5 Ways to Develop Emotional mastery”
Ben Greenfield Fitness – with Ben Greenfield
“This podcast includes fitness, nutrition, health, diet, wellness, workout, exercise, triathlon, Ironman, swimming, cycling, running, weight lifting, bodybuilding, Crossfit, Paleo, vegan, vegetarian, muscle gain and fat loss advice from America’s top personal trainer.”
Start with: “Why The Media & Supplement Companies Lie To You About Diets & Supplements (& What You Can Do About It)”
Bulletproof radio – with Dave Asprey
“Bulletproof Executive Radio was born out of a fifteen-year single-minded crusade to upgrade the human being using every available technology. Welcome to being bulletproof, the state of high performance where you take control of and improve your biochemistry, your body, and your mind so they work in unison, helping you execute at levels far beyond what you’d expect, without burning out, getting sick, or just acting like a stressed-out jerk.”
Start with: “The World is Your Petri Dish with Bruce Lipton – #336”
Fat Burning Man – with Abel James
“Abel James answers your questions and interviews leaders in alternative health, Paleo, and natural wellness to share secrets about losing fat, building muscle, and upgrading your health.”
Start with: “UJ Ramdas: The Science of Gratitude, Goal-Setting & How to Hack Your Happiness”
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The Art of Charm – with Jordan Harbinger
“The Art of Charm Podcast is where self-motivated guys and gals, just like you, come to learn from a diverse mix of experienced mentors, including the world’s best dating coaches, relationship experts, entrepreneurs, bestselling authors and other professional badasses.”
Start with: “Robert Cialdini | Pre-suasion (Episode 543)”
Not Just Paleo – with Evan Brand
“Not Just Paleo debunks mainstream myths on nutrition and health, goes beyond the Paleo diet and provides insight and conversations about the most important issues on the planet that you’ll rarely hear on mainstream media. It’s a show that takes Functional Medicine and applies the ancestral lens to life.”
Start with: “Dr. Justin and Evan: Is Inflammation Making You Sick?”
The Tim Ferriss Show – with Tim Ferriss
“Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author best known for The 4-Hour Workweek. In this show, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.”
Start with: “The Art and Science of Learning Anything Faster”
If I could talk to my former self, I would have recommended approaching with caution. In the past, I was guilty of what I consider as “podcast indecisiveness.” I constantly scrutinized the titles of the episodes to see if they align with my current mindset trying to quantify the benefits. Sometimes, I began an episode and convinced myself that it wasn’t my “ideal” podcast at the moment.
My only recommendation would be to pick one and stick to it.
There are few websites I consider to be authoritative, trustworthy sources of fitness and nutritional information. I decided not to include outlets such as PubMed since a lot of people are well aware that these are great sources for scientific research articles.
In terms of fitness and nutrition websites, I decided to split it up by whether or not the site was more systematic and structured vs. blog like. Regardless of the structure, the following websites are some of my personal favorites.
Fitness and nutrition (systematic)
Fitness and nutrition
- Breaking Muscle
- Fit Men Cook
- Darwinian Medicine
- Roman Fitness Systems
- Mark’s Daily Apple
- Buff Dudes
Whatever the chosen source, it’s important to consider the quality of sources their information comes from and the motive behind it. Most mainstream health websites are looking for page views and this can be a dangerous thing in the world of wellness. Some try to entice us with generalized claims through catchy titles that may be true to some degree but do not represent the entire picture.
Being on the defense all of the time is tough and can be frustrating. But as long as we engage more with the information by investigating a little bit for ourselves, we can make more informed decisions.
The purpose of this article was to connect you to some of what I consider the best sources of information you can use to enhance your wellness. Should you investigate these resources, I hope you find the same great value I do.
Am I missing anything? Be sure to comment and let me know of some other great sites out there.
SKIED for now.