When you hit the gym for a workout, there is a muscle you’re overlooking in your exercise routine – your brain. Admittedly, your brain isn’t actually a muscle, but it does behave like one. And based on that analogy, you can use your workout to train both your mind and your body. It sounds like a win-win situation to us, so pop on a podcast and get your mind flexing before you climb aboard that elliptical machine.
Savoir Flair’s roundup of the three best edutainment podcasts to listen to while working out covers everything from the concept of bar codes to dieting and child-rearing. Not only will you learn something new, but you’ll also find yourself lost in these fascinating podcasts, which will make your gym session fly by. If you’re looking for the best way to listen to podcasts during your workout, we highly recommend the Overcast app, available on iTunes.
This engrossing show, hosted by Roman Mars, delves into the secret life of “invisible” things – or items so common that they blend into the background of our lives. Since the ‘99% Invisible’ podcast has been ongoing since 2010, the range of topics covered to date is staggering. Mars investigates everything from why psychiatrists ask their patients to lie down on a sofa during sessions and why bar codes are constructed in black lines of varying widths to the history of the Ouija board.
There’s no “right” place to start with this show but, if you need a little guidance, you can start by checking out the staff’s favorite episodes.
No Such Thing as a Fish
If you’ve ever enjoyed the brainy and hilarious British quiz show QI, hosted by Stephen Fry, you’ll love this podcast that is hosted by the show’s researchers, namely Andrew Hunter Murray, Dan Schreiber, Anna Ptaszynski, and James Harkin. These clever humans traffic in strange facts, and we’re willing to bet they clean up during trivia night at their local pubs. If you find yourself fascinated by useless – and useful – facts, you’re sure to adore ‘No Such Thing as a Fish’.
You can listen to all of its episodes, free of charge, on SoundCloud.
When taught in a classroom, economic theory might (and probably will) bore someone to tears. When told through the witty narratives of hosts Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt, however, economics suddenly becomes the most fascinating topic on the planet. If you want to know how cash rules everything around you and how the flow of funds around the globe functions, tune into ‘Freakonomics’ on a weekly basis. You’ll be surprised to see how economic language can be applied to a broad range of topics, from self-improvement and dieting to child-rearing and a foolproof way to win every game you play.
You can view the entire archive here and drop in on any topic that interests you.