I have recently become a huge fan of listening to podcast whilst out on my daily exercise. Here are 5 podcasts to listen to during exercise.
If you will have read my post about how life got in the way of my blogging career you will have read that I read a lot of books whilst caring for my late brother. In addition to reading I started to listen to Podcasts. My usual fitness routine had been lost in the event but I tried to take regular walks and whilst walking I listened to Podcasts.
What is a Podcast?
Simply put: a podcast is an audio programme, just like a talking radio broadcast or radio chat show, but you subscribe to it on your smartphone and listen to it whenever you like.
In a little more detail, a podcast is a series of spoken word, audio episodes, all focused on a particular topic or theme, like TV, sport or crime as examples. You can subscribe to the show with an app on your phone and listen to episodes whenever you like on your headphones, in the car or through speakers. I always listen through my smart phone.
A lot of podcasts are really simple, just a few friends chatting about something that they’re all really passionate about, like movies, sport or running a business. But some are really polished and super professional, including theme music, sound effects, professional editing and more.
The more professional podcasts are great to listen to, but they take a lot more time and money to produce. The amateur shows, on the other hand, might have a few rough edges, but it means they can get it out, every single week, and grow a loyal following.
3 of my favourites are chosen because I love the presenters approach. But here are 5 Podcasts to listen to that I love.
My 5 Podcasts to Listen to:
Crime Junkies Podcast
Crime Junkie Podcast is the first Podcast I started to listen to and to be honest I am slightly obsessed with is. It is my go to listen when out walking. It is an American production. Hosted by Ashley Flowers and her assistant Brit.
This is how they describe themselves and their site- a direct quote from their web page
About Crime Junkie
Crime Junkie is a weekly podcast dedicated to giving you a true crime fix. Every Monday, Ashley Flowers will tell you about whatever crime she’s been obsessing over that week in a way that sounds like you’re sitting around talking crime with your best friends. The storytelling is straightforward and free of rabbit holes so the cases stay suspenseful and are easy to follow. If you can never get enough true crime… Congratulations, you’re a Crime Junkie!
As I said it’s American and they are based in Indianapolis. Obviously there is a lot of American vocabulary and use of the adjective Super! the cases are not generally known to us, although they do cover some of the more well known infamous murders such as Lizzie Borden and The Hillside Strangler.
I get totally absorbed in their stories and makes my walk fly by.
I love that they have their own motto for staying safe Be Weird Be Rude Stay Alive
I’m totally addicted to these 2 as well as their website they are active on Social Media and there is even a UK Fan page on Facebook -so its not just me then!
As you may know I am a huge female football fan and a passionate supporter of Manchester City FC. In this period of no football I can’t say I’m missing it as much as I thought I would, but I do love a bit of footie banter – I know its not something many females can profess to enjoy! I do describe myself as a tomboy with a feminine edge! One of the greatest things about being in a football crowd is the humour.
I like Peter Crouch and I think he’s such a likeable bloke so I saw his podcast advertised on the BBC and decided to give it a listen.
It’s very lighthearted and full of football banter and humour. Nothing too deep being discussed and if you are a football fan missing your fix this could be for you. It had me laughing out loud several times during each podcast.
This is another BBC Podcast. It is led by Jessie Ware and her mother Lennie.
Jessie Ware is a singer/musician in her episodes she is accompanied by her mother and they invite a guest round each episode for food, drink and conversation or chit chat. Her mother does the cooking and there is very pleasant chat. It is like being a silent guest at their dinner table. There is some slightly annoying repetitive parts to the introduction of each episode but that is counter balanced by the really catchy theme music. Sounds vintagey to me – if there’s such a word! This one is quite new to me but I really like it and you learn interesting Trivia – e.g in the episode with Sandy Toksvig I discovered that the baking left after each episode is packed up into huge Tupperware boxes and fed to Prue Leith’s pigs! Now that fact will get you far in life but sadly it’s the kind of trivia my head is full of.
The Law and Order SVU Podcast
One of our favourite go to programmes to watch is Law and Order Special Victims Unit. We love the stories and have become invested in the characters lives and story lines over the years. I found out that they now have a Podcast – a lot of it is discussing behind the scenes action with the actors plus some radio episodes. The show is in its 21st year and for a big fan like me I find this really interesting.
If you are a fan of NBC Productions they have many other Podcasts related to their shows to download and listen to.
You Must Remember This
I am a huge fan of Vintage Hollywood films and the stories of the Studio era. My mum was a huge film fan and watched hours of movies from this era and even had a collection of postcards of the stars. She loved Janette McDonald, Nelson Eddy, George Raft and John Wayne. My favourites are Bette Davies and James Cagney.
I naturally developed a love for this era too and read many biographies. I will always choose a vintage film to watch over a recently made one. Black and White Vintage movies are my love and I’m a self confessed anorak about them.
Because of this I love finding programmes on Sky Arts where stars and their films are discussed by critics and people who knew them. This Podcast is in a similar vein. It is created by a Journalist, Karina Longworth, who is well known in Hollywood and has the inside stories. You Must Remember This is the podcast exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. There are many episodes featuring topics such as Hollywoods first weight loss guru and tales of first weight loss surgery. Topics that are talked about ta length today but have been around for over 100 years.
Episodes also talk about the rise and fall of big names such as Maureen O’Hara, the female star of my husbands favourite film The Quiet Man.
This could be a great Podcast for anyone who has an elderly relative self isolating and shielding at home. Or could be played over speakers in care homes. Or simply to be enjoyed if you are a vintage Hollywood film buff like me.
In fact as its a sunny afternoon in Manchester I think I’m going to take myself off into the garden to listen to one of my recommended 5 podcasts to listen to
As I’m a new listener I welcome suggestions for any that you think I may like. If you haven’t yet subscribed to any or started to listen to them I highly recommend you give them a try, they make a change from listening to music.
Some can be downloaded onto your device to listen to when there is no Internet or Network coverage – thinking of the future when we can travel and holiday again
So maybe start with one of my favourite 5 Podcasts to listen to.
Take care stay safe and keep washing those hands