Podcasts and Audiobooks To Reach Your Wellness Goals

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By Kiera Smalls

There are days when I can get up and crush a workout without thinking twice and then there are days when I have to convince myself to get moving. I say to myself, “this bed is so cozy! I’ll just do it after work!” or “let’s just make today rest day, okay?”.

I’m not saying I should ignore my body when it actually needs rest, I’m specifically talking about when my mind tells my body that staying in bed is better than doing my workout.

Do you struggle with this?

I’ve tried to repeat mantras and have accountability partners to stay motivated but when it comes down to it, feeding my brain with content that promotes discipline and consistency does the trick. One way I do this is through listening to daily podcasts or audiobooks. I love learning from the experiences and routines of others who share similar goals or struggle with similar issues.

Here are a few favorites that I keep in rotation. Are you familiar with any of them? Please share yours in the comment section!


Kick Ass with Mel Robbins [Audiobook]

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For Tough Love: Mel Robbins has a funny, tough love way of helping you see what’s truly holding you back. In her Amazon Audiblebook Kick Ass with Mel Robbins, she interviews several people who want her to “fix some trouble spots in their lives”. Some of the stories include weight loss struggles, imposter syndrome, and getting out of their own way. Although each person had their own unique struggle, I identified with and learned something from each of them.

This is definitely one of those audiobooks to play every couple of months as a reminder of your progress or where you can improve.


Relentless by Tim Grover [AUDIOBOOK]

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For A No BS Attitude: If you are on a serious quest to level up in every aspect of your life then Relentless is it. I listen to the audiobook during my runs or anytime I feel like I’m getting in my own way. Tim’s book reminds me why I do what I do as he pulls inspiration and stories from professional basketball players he’s coached over the years.

Using his mantra “From good to great to unstoppable”, he helps readers (or listeners) learn what sets the best athletes apart from the rest. Although he focuses on the men he’s trained, the lessons he shares from years of experience can still help anyone become relentless.


SuperSoul with Oprah Winfrey [PODCAST]

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For the Soul Searcher: This podcast (also a show on the OWN network) helps me dig a little deeper into the meaning of life and purpose. I love this show because it forces me to go deep within AND think critically about the world around me. Oprah interviews celebrities, spiritual leaders, business leaders and others about their work, passion, struggles and more.

Whether you are spiritual or not, you can learn more about yourself and the world around you from giving this podcast a listen. Start with this episode.


Elizabeth Gilbert [Everything, Really]

“I've never seen any life transformation that didn't begin with the person in question finally getting sick of their own bullshit.”

“I've never seen any life transformation that didn't begin with the person in question finally getting sick of their own bullshit.”

For Tackling Fear: From her podcasts to her books, Elizabeth Gilbert does a tremendous job helping us see the value in living our most authentic lives. She did an interview on the TED Show Podcast and it was exactly what I needed to hear at that time. Elizabeth lost the love of her life to cancer and talks openly about how she’s finding the strength to move forward (and a lot more).


Call Your Girlfriend[PODCAST]

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For Keeping It Real: There is nothing like being able to vent to your girlfriends and when they aren’t available, this is where the Call Your Girlfriend podcast comes in. A podcast for long distance besties everywhere, this show covers health, wealth, dating, politics (ugh), and so much more. It empowers women to live their best life, unapologetically. I love debriefing at the end of the day with this show playing in the background.

Be sure to check out the Permission Slip episode.


Food and Psych by Kimberly Wilson [PODCAST]

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For Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: Kimberly is a current Governor of the Tavistock & Portman NHS Mental Health Trust and the former Chair of the British Psychological Society's Training Committee in Counseling Psychology (the group responsible for monitoring and assessing the standards of Counseling Psychology training across the UK). My favorite episode is Self, False Self & People Pleasing. It was eye-opening on so many levels and made me re-evaluate how I show up in personal and professional conversations.


DARING GREATLY BY Brene Brown [AUDIOBOOK]

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For Creating the Best Version of Yourself: Brene Brown writes books that push you to create the best version of yourself. I was encouraged to check out The Power of Vulnerability by my therapist and I’m so glad I did. It really helped me think about how vulnerability shows up for me and where I can be more open. I recommend this and Daring Greatly.


Feeling Inspired?

I am ending the list here before it gets incredibly long! All of these leaders have inspired me to do better. Whether I was at my lowest or highest points. If you have an audiobook or podcast that supported you on your wellness journey, share it in the comments below!


Kiera Smalls is the co-founder of City Fit Girls. She's a marathoner and wannabe chef who's passionate about helping women reach their fitness and mental health goals. Follow her online at @kierasmalls.