From fitness motivation to mental health care to educational tales that will help you feel heaps more smarter, these all-Australian podcasts will improve you mind, body and soul.
If you’re not yet on the podcast train, may I suggest you make this year to you start downloading? A Roy Morgan survey showed that this year, over 1.6 million Australians downloading either an audio or video podcast in an averaged four week period – up a whopping 215% since 2015. And that number is sure to grow, thanks to the increased offering in wireless headphones, longer commute times to work, our ever-increasing need to multi-task (or is that obsession?).
Whether it’s a true crime series to get your through your workout (Jessica Biel is a fan of this trick to make her time on the treadmill pass) or an educational course like this one from Harvard to help you feel happier, there’s a series that’s sure to ‘spark your joy’.
We’ve scoured the Apple podcast lists to find the very best Australian-made health and wellness podcasts – based on average listener ratings, number of episodes in the back-catalogue (in case you get hooked and want to binge-listen), and overall entertainment value. Covering topics from fitness motivation to sex and relationships, to mental health tips, these are our pick of the Aussie bunch.
What: KIC POD
Why: From Keep It Cleaner founders and Instagram stars Steph Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw, this weekly series covers a wide range of health topics in a friendly way, with a new guest each time.
What: Authentic Sex with Juliet Allen
Why: One of Australia’s most well-known sexologists, and repeat guest expert on body+soul, Juliet has a no-nonsense approach on how to take the reigns of your own sexuality and improve your relationships in the process.
What: Ladies, We Need To Talk
Why: Yumi Stynes ‘tears open the sealed section on life’ by discussing all the things you need to know about your body, but are too scared to ask.
What: The Minimalists Podcast
Why: Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus dive into the deeper questions of life (without getting pompous or too obscure), and examine how do live less with less.
What: Crappy to Happy
Why: Clinical psychologist Cass Dunn chats to a different inspiring guest each in each episode, exploring a new way to find more everyday happiness in life and ultimately feel ‘less crappy’. We’re hooked.
What: Between The Sheets with Dr. Lurve
Why: Regular relationship expert Dr Lurve has a straight-forward way of unpicking the trickiest of relationship issues, and her new podcast is full of handy dating, sex and communication advice to help your lurve life.
What: You Can by Emily Skye
Why: If you follow fitness influencer and new(ish) mum Emily Skye on Instagram, this is essential listening. Plenty of straight-shooting advice on training, motivation and building a career, with lots of lols along the way.
Why: OK, full disclaimer, this is the body+soul podcast and I may or may not be one of the co-hosts… ahem. However, obvious bias aside, it’s a great place for a fortnightly update on the latest health and wellness news, as well as hearing from inspiring guests and plenty of banter – because we’re all about keeping it healthy-ish.