As poetic and noble land mermaid, Ann Perkins, once said: “Jogging is the worst! I know it keeps you healthy, but God, at what cost?!”
In all seriousness, jogging might not be everyone’s thing, but it’s certainly a great way to get your cardio in! And since the American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise (or 75 minutes a week of vigorous exercise) for optimum cardiovascular health, we’re here to make taking a few jogs a week a little bit easier for you.
We asked around and here are 35 of the most interesting podcasts that’ll almost make you forget you’re jogging!
Advice Podcasts & Public Radio
Host: Terry Gross
One of public radio’s most popular programs, Fresh Air is a talk-show format podcast that goes beyond just talking. Gross talks contemporary art and issues on the air, asking probing questions and offering revelatory interviews and unusual insights.
Slate’s Dear Prudence
Host: Mallory Ortberg
In this podcast, Mallory Ortberg, the author of Slate’s Dear Prudence column, gives advice and offers commentary and conversation about questions from readers and listeners like you!
You’re probably familiar with the TEDTalks videos, now you can take them with you! TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, so you’ll find tons here to inspire, intrigue, and stir the imagination!
This American Life
Host: Ira Glass
Taken from the weekly radio show of the same name, this podcast is often the most-listened-to in the country. This American Life has everything from journalism to comedy to essays about what’s happening in America today.
Good Job, Brain!
Hosts: Karen, Colin, Dana, and Chris
Exercise your brain while you’re exercising your body! This podcast, brought to you by a group of trivia-lovers, is part pub quiz show, part offbeat news, and all awesome!
Hosts: Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin, and Alix Spiegel
From the Latin word for invisible things, Invisibilia is all about the invisible forces that control human behavior. These ladies interweave narrative storytelling with scientific research about ideas, beliefs, assumptions, and emotions that may end up making you see your own life differently.
Host: Stephen West
For those of us who never took a Philosophy 101 class, there’s Philosophize This! Listen to this educational podcast in chronological order to learn all about the thinkers and ideas that forged the world we live in now.
2 Dope Queens*
Hosts: Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams
These two BFFs host a live comedy show in Brooklyn and (thankfully!) put it in podcast form for those of us outside the Big Apple. With guest appearances from some of your favorite comedians, Phoebe and Jessica talk sex, romance, race, hair journeys, New York life, and Billy Joel, as well as a ton of other stuff to have you in stitches!
Hosts: Stephen & Panda Gail Smithson
In these short little episodes, Stephen and Panda invite you into their home while they drink beer and shoot the breeze. Queue up a few of these and you’ll feel like you’re right there with them instead of getting your jog on!
The Joe Rogan Experience*
Host: Joe Rogan
From comedian Joe Rogan comes…The Joe Rogan Experience! This podcast has topped the comedy charts on iTunes for a while now so you know Joe and his guests are sure to bring a smile to your face while you get your cardio in.
Health & Fitness Podcasts
Ben Greenfield Fitness: Diet, Fat Loss and Performance
Host: Ben Greenfield
Get even more motivated as you jog with Ben Greenfield, performance and nutrition coach! In this podcast, he talks health, fitness, and multi-sport research while featuring interviews with some of the best exercise and medical professionals in the biz.
The Brain Warrior’s Way
Hosts: Dr. Daniel Amen & Tana Amen
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health and New York Times bestselling authors, Dr. Daniel and Tana Amen are here to help you get your brain in shape. In this podcast, they help empower your brain in its war against anxiety, depression, memory loss, ADHD, addictions, disease, and obesity.
The Rich Roll Podcast
Host: Rich Roll
Bestselling author Rich Roll takes you through his master-class in personal and professional development in this podcast. The ultra-athlete and wellness evangelist presents thought-provoking episodes to help educate, inspire, and empower you to be your best, most authentic self.
Hollywood & Celebrity Podcasts
Anna Faris is Unqualified*
Host: Anna Faris
Comedian Anna Faris is here with her Hollywood friends to offer you some “not-great” relationship advice! She and her guest hosts are sure to have you rolling as they answer relationship questions from listeners like you!
Pop Culture Happy Hour
Host: Linda Holmes
This podcast from NPR features a lively chat in each episode about books, movies, TV, music, comics, and “pretty much anything else that strikes a nerve.” You can be sure if you’re watching, reading, or listening to something, Pop Culture Happy Hour is going to talk about it!
You Must Remember This*
Host: Karina Longworth
Return to the Golden Age of Hollywood with this storytelling podcast! Karina Longworth explores the secret and/or forgotten histories of the first century of Hollywood, and you’re sure to get caught up as she navigates you through conflicting reports, mythology, and institutionalized spins behind the films, stars, and scandals of the 20th century.
Host: Heather Ordover
This podcast is for those who love the classics…or, at least, wish they did! Host Heather Ordover annotates classic literature audiobooks in a serialized format and even plays voicemails from listeners to give it a book club vibe. She’s currently going reading through “The Count of Monte Cristo,” beginning on episode 402!
Hosts: Tina Connolly, Various
Ready to get your sci-fi on while you get your jog on? Then this is the podcast for you: each week you’ll have read to you new short stories from some of today’s best science fiction stories as well as some discussion on the genre. And they’ve been around for ten years, so you know it’s good!
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
Hosts: Vanessa Zoltan, Casper ter Kuile, and Ariana Nedelman
Is Harry Potter like your religion? This podcast asks just that! The hosts examine the 7 books as if they were a sacred text – similar to the Bible, Torah, or Quran – interpreting the instructive and inspirational wisdom found within.
Podcasts About Life, Love, & Everything Inbetween
Dear Sugar Radio*
Hosts: Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond
Cheryl and Steve, the Sugars, are here to help the “lost, lonely, and heart-stick” navigate all sorts of relationship roller coasters and pitfalls with radically empathic advice. They answer listener questions weekly and no matter how deep or dark it gets, they’re here for you!
Death, Sex & Money*
Host: Anna Sale
In this podcast, Anna Sale aims to ask (and maybe answer) all of the big questions and hard choices often left out of polite conversation. She tackles the Big Stuff – relationships, money, family, work, and making it all count – with celebrity and non-celebrity guests each week and is sure to have you thinking about everything but that jog you’re on.
Guys We F****d*
Hosts: Krystyna Hutchinson and Corinne Fisher
AKA The Anti Slut-Shaming Podcast, this podcast is like taking girl’s night with you on your jog! Krystyna and Corinne, in an effort to make the world a more sex-positive place – interview past trysts in this hilarious podcast to spread the word that women should be able to have sex with whoever they want and not be shamed for it.
Host: Kaitlin Prest
The Heart is an audio art project presented to you in podcast form all about intimacy and humanity. With a few years’ worth of thought-provoking episodes from writers, radio makers, and artists making personal documentary work about their bodies and loves, you’re sure to get lost in this podcast…just don’t get lost on your jog!
Hosts: Courtney Kocak and Stephanie Beatriz
For the millennial joggers out there (and everyone else, really) comes a show about sex, love, relationships, and dating – all in the digital age! The hosts are hilarious and, along with their guest stars, provide insightful commentary on finding love (or whatever else) in today’s fast-paced lifestyle.
Podcasts About Music, Movies, & TV
Best of Friends Podcast*
Hosts: Krista Doyle, Erin Mallory Long, and Jamie Woodham
When you’re out jogging, they’ll be there for you! Pop your headphones in so the only cat-calling you hear is Joey saying, “How you doin’?” and listen along as these three friends hilariously guide you through every episode of FRIENDS, beginning to end!
The Critical Breakdown*
Hosts: Max Rivera and Scott Tennant
If you’re all about movies, this is the podcast for you and your jog! Hosts Max and Scott started at the bottom of the Rotten Tomatoes list and are critiquing each movie while working their way up to 100% Fresh.
Hosts: Kevin T. Porter and Demi Adejuyigbe
The fast-talking girls have met their match with these fast-talking guys! Veteran fan Kevin and newcomer Demi watch each episode in order and dive deep into analyzing, praising, mocking, and gabbing everything Stars Hollow. Don’t be surprised if you get caught up and find yourself jogging to buy a cup of coffee from your favorite guy in flannel!
Our Debut Album*
Hosts: Dave Shumka and Graham Clark
From the hit podcast, Stop Podcasting Yourself, Dave and Graham have a special little podcast up their sleeve with Our Debut Album. Each episode, the comedians have one hour to write a hit song and when they’re done, they songs make up their full debut album! If you wanna laugh and listen to music while you jog, this is the podcast for you.
Deep Inside the Rabbit Hole*
Hosts: Mike Cannon and the Liberty Men
This political comedy podcast will have you obsessed! Join the hosts of THE official conspiracy theory podcast as they cover topics like 9/11, vaccines, crop formations, extraterrestrials, chemtrails, and mind control.
Pod Save America*
Hosts: Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor
Four former aides to President Obama come together to talk politics in the age of Trump. They’re joined by journalists, politicians, comedians, and activists all eager to talk about the hot political topic of the day (or week).
Hosts: Dan Sinker and Maureen Johnson
While it started as just a way to cope with the madness that was the 2016 election (remember that famous “Says who?” moment?), this podcast is still going! Because, let’s be real, we’re still having a lot of WTH moments coming out of Washington. And since you can’t run away from politics, at least take some friendly company with you as you try to figure out what’s going on.
True Crime & Horror Podcasts
Last Podcast on the Left*
Hosts: Ben Kissel, Henry Zebrowski, and Marcus Parks
Get your horror and your comedy all in one with this podcast! These comedians have made it their mission to cover all things horror – imagined and real, from demons and slashers to cults and serial killers.
Host: Aaron Mahnke
Ever wondered where we get our superstitions from? This bi-weekly podcast (and upcoming TV show) dives into the dark historical tales to explore the world of mysterious creatures, tragic events, and unusual places and often finds that the truth is more frightening than fiction. So maybe don’t listen to this one if you jog at night.
My Favorite Murder*
Hosts: Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
Who knew murder could be so…funny? Self-named murderinos Karen and Georgia get together each week to discuss in their own hilarious way different murders as well as hometown murders from listeners and celebrity guests. Unabashed about everything from anxiety to camping to cults, these are two ladies you’ll want to take along on your jog to help you stay sexy and not get murdered!
Host: Sarah Koenig
If you enjoy true crime and being kept on your toes, Serial is the podcast for you! Sarah Koenig unfolds one true story per season, following the plot and characters wherever they lead, and even uncovering new evidence. Even Sarah doesn’t know what’ll happen until the end, so you’ll definitely want to start from the beginning on this one!
Did any of your favorite podcasts make the list? If not, tell us all about it in the comments because we sure do love a good podcast here at HealingRadius!
*Episodes of these podcasts may contain adult themes and/or languages so if you’re jogging with the kids, pop a headphone in!