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Listen Up and Get Moving

We all know that music is a great motivator, but sometimes I need more than a beat to keep me on a machine. The elliptical and the stair stepper can get pretty dull if you use them day in and day out.

Sometimes, I like to hit the gym and listen to a podcast. Two of my favorites are This American Life and Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me! Both are NPR programs, and both keep me entertained and on the machine. I can listen to music in my noisy house or at work, but I can't focus on the spoken word in those situations. When it is a cardio machine and me, the podcast has my undivided attention — well, mostly. Plus I stay on the machine because I know if I don't listen to the entire program at the gym, there will be no other time to finish it.

If you are afraid that listening to NPR podcasts means you are an old fogey, then check out, a very thorough podcast directory. You should be able to find a podcast there that will interest you.

If you have a favorite podcast that you listen to when working out, tell me about it in the comment section below. Then maybe I can branch out past my NPR faves.


mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 9 years
Ditto on This American Life and Farai Chideya, especially her bloggers' roundtable. Sometimes I listen to the naughty but fabulous Dan Savage's "Savage Love." I often have to stop myself from laughing out loud when I listen to him give his unadorned, uncensored sex advice. It's a great show to get me through a treadmill workout or a run. Highly recommended...
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I'll have to give this a try!
nuri nuri 9 years
I listen to NPR at the gym too (or really anywhere, that's over half of my podcasts!) and I'm no old fogey.
llamapyjamas llamapyjamas 9 years
I love listening to Wait Wait at the gym! I always feel a little self conscious when I can't contain my laughter while I'm on the elliptical, but it's worth it.
Chicago2700 Chicago2700 9 years
This is great, I listen to those weekly! They definitely are entertaining and informative! Fantastic idea for people who get bored with their usual music!
bp99 bp99 9 years
im a big fan of Counterspin. I listen to it while exercising and driving. It's a show about media reporting and hidden biases. It's a great way to catch up on the weeks events and get another perspective.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
I love This American Life for when I'm working out. It's so engaging!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
My boss loves Wait Wait! I have been listening to Ugly Betty podcasts myself, but I never thought about downloading them onto my iPod and working out to them! Sweet idea!
fitmama72 fitmama72 9 years
wow! i thought i was alone listening to Wait Wait while on the treadmill. You should try Farai chideya's news and notes to get a cultural / political perspective that's not always about mainstream media. I also download 8 min podcasts from house music guru - Defected, that are great for short bursts of activity.
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