We’re just going to say it: podcasts are by far the best thing to happen to smartphones since the razor. Hear us out—in a time where we are always on the go, in the car, behind a desk, dashing to a meeting here, a lunch there, and trying to get the required 7-9 hours of sleep, podcasts offer the advantage of ultimate flexibility.

Not only can you listen to them while you’re shuffling to get through your day, but there is a podcast to suit whatever it is that entertains you—true crime, interviews, dramas, comedy shows, daily news, and even health and wellness podcasts.

We’ve gathered some of our favorite health and wellness podcasts of 2019 that have been making a regular routine appearance in our listening queue. Check them out and discover some new potential favorites—there’s something for everyone!

 

TED Talks

This podcast offers the audio version of some of the most popular TED Talks of doctors, researchers, and experts presenting their discoveries. It tackles tough conversations about creating a life worth living with discussions centered on habits, meditation, psychology, wisdom, happiness, motivation, work-life, and more.

Why We Love It:

TED Talks covers a broad range of topics and the research is presented in bite-sized 10-12 minutes segments. It’s great when you don’t have a lot of time to dive deep into a podcast but want to listen to something that can offer insights for better health and wellness. Some of our favorites include: How to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed by Daniel Levitin; How the Mind Works by meditation expert, Culadasa; Why we get mad—and why it’s healthy, by Ryan Martin. Go check them out!

 

Terrible, Thanks for Asking

You know how when someone asks, “How are you?” you just say “Fine,” even if you’re totally the opposite of “Fine”, and just want everyone to continue about their day.

“Terrible, Thanks For Asking” is the opposite of that. Nora McInerny—author of It’s Ok to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too), and her newly released book, No Happy Endings—asks real people to share their complicated and honest feelings about how they really are. It’s sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and often both. It was also named one of the best podcasts three years in a row by The Atlantic.

Why We Love It:

Not only is the show entertaining and takes a look inside the lives of others, but it also covers topics that are uncomfortable to talk about. Nora McInerny is also a great host and narrator who keeps us wanting to listen.

 

 Armchair Expert

The Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard is a podcast that celebrates the messiness of being human. Shepard says that he finds people who are vulnerable and honest about their struggles and shortcomings to be incredibly sexy.

In his own words, “I invite you to join me as I explore other people’s stories. We will celebrate, above all, the challenges and setbacks that ultimately lead to growth and betterment. I will attempt to discover human “truths” without any laboratory work, clinical trials or data collection. I will be, in the great tradition of 16th-century scientists, an Armchair Expert.”

 Why We Love It:

Dax Shepard has no shortage of entertaining guests—Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Bill Nye, just to name a few. The interviews and conversations he has with people are interesting, insightful, and filled with laughs.

 

Bulletproof

The Bulletproof podcast is perfect for the mindful athlete at any level. Dave Asprey, CEO and Founder of Bulletproof (yes, the coffee, too) labels himself as a Biohacker—someone who promotes changing from the inside-out and finding the exact hacks that create a healthier self.

The podcast is described as a vault of knowledge of world-class MDs, biochemists, Olympic nutritionists, meditation experts, and more than $1M spent on personal self-experiments. From private brain EEG facilities hidden in a Canadian forest to remote monasteries in Tibet, from Silicon Valley to the Andes, high tech entrepreneur Dave Asprey used hacking techniques and tried everything himself, obsessively focused on discovering: What are the simplest things you can do to be better at everything?”

Why We Love It:

Bulletproof’s host and founder isn’t afraid to experiment with different health trends and hacks on himself. When you press play, it’s an organized flood of information about how to be your healthiest self, from what to eat and how to sleep.

 

Work, Play, Love

Lauren Fleshman and Jesse Thomas are world-class professional endurance athletes, marathon runners, coaches, authors, speakers, and they also happen to be husband and wife with two small children. As parents, they deal with some of the same hiccups that interfere with training and staying healthy just like the rest of us.

The podcast kicks off each weekly episode by outlining the topics they’ll be covering based on listener questions. Some of our favorites include: How to deal with pre-race anxiety; How to maintain healthy body image; Post-workout fuel, Mom Guilt, Dating Teammates, and Racing In The Heat.

Why We Love It:

This is a couple that keeps the podcast light, funny, yet informative. They banter and joke with each other while also speaking honestly about their own personal experiences in dealing with life’s challenges. And by having an open platform that answers questions from the community, the podcast addresses common concerns about working out, eating habits and life in general.