How’s your New Year’s resolve? Did you remember to meditate this morning? Have you been to the gym? Are M&M’s actually a part of your diet?
Because we could all use a little help when it comes to staying on top of our goals—and because a personal trainer, life coach, and diet consultant are far too pricey—we’ve rounded up 11 of the most motivational podcasts you can listen to today, for free.
Because podcasts are the new self-help.
The best thing about hardworking, inspirational people is that they’re often so prolific. Jess Lively inspires with her values-based approach on life, and thanks to her naturally occurring drive to produce, you can get a dose of her cheerful wisdom on becoming more self-aware—and sticking to it—twice a week.
Check it out here: The Lively Show With Jess Lively
Tim Ferris, author of The Four Hour Workweek, has been called the “Indiana Jones for the digital age,” and his podcast gives a good indication as to why. He interviews scientists, celebrities, athletes, entrepreneurs, and every other type of inspiring person on their healthy and productive habits, and mixes their narratives with his own adventurous experience. A great intro episode is his interview on writing and workflow with author Maria Popova.
Check it out here: The Tim Ferris Podcast
Bulletproof’s founder Dave Asprey may have received most of his fame from his butter and coffee combo, but his interest in biohacking goes far beyond the one recipe. The podcast, as his other projects, is designed to help you “supercharge your body, upgrade your brain, and be Bulletproof.”
Check it out here: Bulletproof Radio
A huge part of becoming and staying healthy is building the resources and community to help you—Kimberly Snyder has created her own universe. Snyder is a New York Times best selling author who shares her beauty, health, and wellness expertise on her highly consumable podcast. Check out her episode on the many benefits of sleep.
Check it out here: Kimberly Snyder’s Podcast
The team behind This American Life has been pioneering the podcast movement for years. The show is broadcast to over two million listeners via public radio in the Chicago area, and features some of the finest storytelling on the airwaves. The theme varies each week, but every episode is guaranteed to teach you something and make you feel, like a good story should.
Check it out here: This American Life
This is the opposite of small talk. Host Krista Tippett guides this weekly podcast to answer the questions, “What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live?” Start with this episode on the future of medicine. You’ll feel smart, we promise.
Check it out here: On Being
If your New Year’s resolutions are financial in nature, consider adding Freakonomics to your listening lineup. It’s economics, but in the most consumable form you’ve ever come across. Begin the journey to happiness and wealth here, with this episode on the surprising three hardest words to say—bet you can’t guess what they are…
Check it out here: Freakonomics
Learning hasn’t been this fun since Bill Nye the Science Guy, or, at least since Drunk History. Better yourself with SYSK’s simple, entertaining and informative podcasts from the folks at How Stuff Works. What’s it about? Well, that’s definitely something you should know…
Check it out here: Stuff You Should Know
The brains behind this girl-powered podcast are also on the Stuff You Should Know team. As the name suggests, SMNTY has a feminine heartbeat that’s honest, smart, and often hilarious. Here’s an episode with everything your sweet mother never told you about lube—’real talk’ guaranteed.
Check it out here: Stuff Mom Never Told You
Here’s a podcast dedicated to turning you into a morning person, and, subsequently, a more productive, happier person. Each Monday morning, host Jeff Sanders releases a new podcast with interviews and personal advice to help you start your day (and live your life) with a bang. Here he is discussing super genes with Deepak Chopra.
Check it out here: The 5AM Miracle
Entrepreneurs take note: an expert in the social media industry, Gary Vee provides fun, upbeat advice applicable to anyone putting themselves or their business on any digital platforms (which is basically all of us). You’ve got questions. They’ve got answers.
Check it out here: The Ask Gary Vee Show
Get out those earbuds then! What are you waiting for?