16 Podcasts That’ll Make Your Next Workout Fly By

Because sometimes you want stories, conversation, and infotainment.

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Fact: Most of us need something in our earbuds to get us through a workout.

Fact: Most of us need something in our earbuds to get us through a workout.

And sometimes that means knowing exactly what music you like and constructing a scientifically-proven-to-make-your-workout-better playlist.

But sometimes you're doing a workout that's long and slow — maybe you're spending a while logging miles on the treadmill or a bike — or something that requires lots of rest and deliberate, controlled movement, like weightlifting. And for those workouts you maybe don't want something loud and fast to get you in the mood to go hard. Maybe you want something to distract you from the clock or keep you company while you put in work.

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They're lively, have a decent pace, and are legit interesting.

The Friend Zone

The Friend Zone

What it is: A podcast about important stuff like mental health, self-care, dating and relationships, health and fitness, and all kinds of other important social/cultural topics, all discussed in a nuanced way by three friends who almost always bring differing opinions and perspectives to the table.

Why it's great for working out: Listening to people discuss accessible approaches to self-care and wellbeing is awesome motivation for your workout. Bonus: Dustin, Fran, and Assanté are as likely to make you laugh as they are to make you think.

You should listen if: You are interested in important self-care topics but feel that jokey asides, bursts into song, and being a little goofy are basically essential.

Where to begin: Fitness Regine Hunter

Average episode length: About an hour and 40 minutes

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