There’s nothing that will take you from a resentful plodder to a graceful gazelle quite as instantly as the moment that *your*
tune comes floating through your headphones. Whether it transports you to the stage of The Greatest Showman or the dancefloor of a dub festival, it’s basically the fitness equivalent of a tequila shot, but with less chance of a nasty hangover.
Sometimes though, what we need is to just zone out; not every run, gym or swim session has to be about the pace. In fact, if you find yourself trapped on a treadmill because the British weather has let you down again (fair weather runners, we feel you) or just need a workout that really switches you off from the outside world, then you might something other than a heavy bass to help you on your way.
Gain Inspiration: Well Far
If you’re training for a long-distance event, then Amy Lane’s Well Far
is not only an invaluable resource, but a great distraction tool too. Covering everything from nutrition to how your menstrual cycle affects your workout, we totally recommend checking out the entire series, but if you’re in need of a major inspiration boost, her Season 1 chat with Balance Festival ambassador Adrienne Herbert will remind you why you need to keep plodding on.
Swot Up: Talking Tastebuds
Ayurveda is the word on everyone’s lips right now, but here’s the truth - you can be the most divine, most knowledgeable, most well-informed of wellness warriors and still not really
know what it actually is. Something to do with doshas and body balance, right? This
wonderful episode, part of Venetia Falconer’s wider Talking Tastebuds
series demystifies this complex topic, without making you feel like you’re behind the times.
Learn Something New: Food For Thought by Rhitrition
Here at Balance Festival, the wonderful Rhiannon Lambert has long been someone we’ve turned to for advice on all things nutrition, be it gut health
or how food affects your mood
. In this chart-topping podcast, the leading nutritionist’s covers topics including sugar addiction and the links between food and major health conditions, as well as helping to sort the fact from the fiction by busting common food myths.
Fully Zone Out: The Dropout
Indulging your true-crime addict tendencies without the bloodshed, if you haven’t already listened to this gripping six-part series
then consider it your new favourite workout partner. Recounting the story of Elizabeth Holmes, went from a luxe life as the world’s youngest self-made billionaire – by the age of 19, no less – to a facing years and years in federal prison, it offers an at-times dark insight into extent people will go to in order to realise their ambitions. A great one for a pre-work gym session, it’ll remind you why your 9-5 probably isn’t quite
Short but Sweet: Beyond Today
If you only have 20 minutes or so to get your workout done, the BBC’s Beyond Today
is guaranteed to keep you occupied and help you catch up on what’s going on in the world at the same time. Focusing on one topical issue every day, it digs deeper into the stories making the headlines and features interviews with those in the know. Oddly, its episodes don’t seem to age, but we’re sure there are worse things to binge on.