It’s not secret that I am a HUGE Podcast fan. I started listening to a few different Podcast series at the beginning of 2018, and it was a game-changer. Podcasts have seen a massive growth in popularity over the past year and are set to be front and centre in 2019. I even started my own as my number one New Year’s Resolution – you can listen to the first series right here! So, without further ado, here’s my 3 reasons why you should give Podcasts a central place in your 2019.
Listening and Learning
Every time I listen to a Podcast, whether it’s about nutrition, meditation, fitness, sleep, or something completely unrelated to wellness, I learn something new. That’s probably my favourite thing about Podcasts. You pick up so many knowledge bombs, whether from the Podcast host or the guest of the episode. I’ve listened to interviews with dietitians, doctors, psychologists, personal trainers, tv presenters (Oprah has an incredible Podcast called ‘Super Soul Conversations’, I’m a little bit obsessed with it!), entrepreneurs – the list goes on. The point is, every single one of those individuals has a story to tell and unique skills, allowing you to take a new life lesson from hearing their journey. You might even pick up something you can apply to your own life for the better – that’s definitely been the case for me. The rapid rise in popularity of health and wellness over the past few years has also been accompanied by a lot of misinformation and myths in the media, especially around nutrition. Podcasts run by experienced and knowledgeable professionals is a great way to help you navigate your path through those often murky waters. This is exactly what I’m currently doing on my Podcast, and it’s the main reason I love The Food Medic (run by Hazel Wallace) Podcast so much too! People using their expertise to translate the science into simple, sustainable actionable tips you can use to optimise your lifestyle are a valuable resource in our increasingly digital society, so get those earbuds in to reap the benefits!
Opening Your Mind
Because of the diversity of Podcast hosts and guests I listen to, I noticed over the past year how much more open-minded I had become. I also started mindfulness in January last year, and as a result became a lot more reflective as a person, and much less reactive day to day. Which meant that discovering Podcasts was very well timed with this increased self-awareness! As I said, every episode I listen to represents someone telling their story, their journey, and ultimately, their ‘why’ in life. Their drive, their passion, and importantly, how they overcome setbacks and celebrate wins in life. Podcasts expose you to new ideas and maybe even experiences, if you decide to try something new as a result of a particular episode or series you listen to. For example, I started listening to ‘The Empowered Body’ Podcast (hosted by a strength coach and personal trainer, Adam Willis) last year, and as a result completely overhauled how I was training, for the better. I’ve actually just finished a full month on Adam’s strength training programme, which just goes to show the influence it had on my training mindset!
The Ultimate Multi-Task
We now live in a world where everyone is ‘busy’, and the concept of ‘time’ is one which has become increasingly valuable. I don’t know about you guys, but time seems to always slip away from me as the day progresses! I often joke I would love a 25th hour in the day, but in reality, it’s more a case of making sure we are structured in how we manage our time. I love Podcasts for the ease with which I can tune into them and learn on the go. For example, I find my morning and evening commute is a great time to catch up on episodes of the Podcast series I follow. I also love to go for long walks at the weekend, and usually I’ll plug a Podcast episode in for those too! Having a series or two (or three, or more!) of Podcasts you follow that release new episodes each week can be a great motivator to get you out for that walk or run you’ve been planning! Give it a try, trust me!
Let me know what your favourite Podcast guides are! You know where to find me – @theirishbalance on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook!
Ciara 🙂 x