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My top podcasts for health, fitness, and mindfulness.

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Jovan Abernathy is an international marathoner and owner of Houston Tourism Gym. To claim your free tour, contact her at info@tourismgymhtx.com. Follow her on Twitter @jovanabernathy. Instagram @TourismGymHtx. Facebook @TourismGymHtx

We live some really busy lives. I know that my run tourists are some "smarts," but we run out of time. I know we mean to read 20 books a year, but sometimes it does not happen. Podcasts have been my remedy to this problem. Whenever, I'm on a walk or driving, I listen to a podcast. Of course, 3 hours are already blocked off for The Blitz, but I have other podcasts that I enjoy that I think you will enjoy too. Here are my top 5 podcast on health, fitness, and mindfulness.

Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit

Drew Manning hosts this podcast that is based on the TV reality show Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit. Here is some back story. Drew Manning is a personal trainer who has always been athletic. He wanted to empathize with his clients, so he gained 75 lbs in 6 months and then lost it in 6 months. It became a reality show and a podcast. Drew interviews fitness personalities and doctors. He is a strong advocate of Keto living. He is all jock with a heart of gold. You will love his transparency. This podcast speaks to me. As a run coach whose health took a back seat for Houston Tourism Gym, you can always get your fitness back and continue to be a coach.

Strength Running Podcast

Jason Fitzgerald hosts this podcast about running and strength training. He is an elite marathoner and run coach. He does solo shows that are strictly instructional or question and answer shows. He interviews amazing athletes like Meb Keflezighi. He also does coaching calls as well. You can learn a lot from this guy. His podcast and website has been featured on Runner's World, Fitness, and Lifehacker. I love his practical philosophy on running. He makes it easy to understand. I appreciate this simple language because it not only helps me to understand, but helps me to teach it to someone else.

Trained

This podcast is hosted by Ryan Flaherty, Nike elite athlete trainer whose clients include Russell Wilson and Saquon Barkley. He begins each episode with the intro that "Greatness isn't born. It's trained." Trained features in depth interviews with greats ranging from actors to thought leaders to athletes. The discussions cover the 5 facets of fitness: movement, recovery, nutrition, mindset, and sleep. I eagerly await each new episode.

The Model Health Show

This podcast is hosted by health and sleep expert, Shawn Stevenson. I came across this podcast from Lewis Howes podcast called "The School of Greatness." He was interviewing Shawn about sleep and I was fascinated. When I found Shawn's podcast, I did not hesitate to download it and I listen to it everyday. He has a smooth. hip hoppy way to explain all facets of health. He interviews some great people with amazing insights. I'm going to get inappropriate for a sec. He has got this deep, sexy voice that not only makes you want to hang on every word, but you want to suck on his upper lip. Ladies, download today.

On Purpose

We have all seen Jay Shetty on Facebook or Instagram. If you were like me, you really didn't know who he was. Jay Shetty exploded on the internet as a vlogger who also worked for the Huffington Post. He preaches the ways of a monk where he recommends delayed gratification and gratitude every step of the way. He teaches how to live intentionally or "On Purpose" like his podcast suggests. He interviews compelling guests or flies solo. His words definitely penetrate your soul while still being fun and whimsical.

Kwik Brain

Jim Kwik hosts this podcast about how to hack your Superbrain. He teaches how to improve your memory. concentration, and how to be more intentional. When he was 5, he suffered a brain injury that gave him a "broken brain." He made it his life's mission to improve his brain function and teach it to others. He has taught courses for Nike and Harvard University.

This is official my list of go to podcast. Please download these as fast as possible. Listen to them during your commute and you will be all the wiser. You can be the smart among your friends. I hope you enjoy then as much as I do.

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The Astros suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Yankees Thursday. Composite image by Brandon Strange.

After an impressive two-game sweep of the NL-best Mets at home earlier in the week, the Astros took to the road to begin a four-game series with the league-best Yankees on Thursday night. To little surprise, the series started with a bang (no, not a trash can bang) in more ways than one, confirming that this series should be a must-watch this weekend.

New York's comeback proves no lead will be safe

Right from the get-go, the loud Yankee Stadium faithful had their chance to rain boos down on Jose Altuve before showing some pleasure as he led off the series by being hit by a pitch. They were quickly, though only temporarily, quieted as Altuve would come in to score two batters later on a three-run blast by Alex Bregman.

Three-run homers seemed to be a theme, as New York would get one of their own to tie the game off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton to tie the game, then Yordan Alvarez continued his dominant June by pushing the Astros back in front by three with another three-run bomb in the third, making it 6-3. That lead held through to the bottom of the ninth, where instead of holding it, Ryan Pressly issued two walks to set up the fourth homer of the game to tie things again before Aaron Judge would get a walk-off single to complete the impressive comeback.

Not only will we get to sit back and watch the slug-fest between Yordan and Judge this weekend, but it looks like with Alex Bregman swinging well again to round out the top of Houston's order, the Astros may be getting closer to their full power. So far in June, these two teams sit third and fourth in on-base percentage, with the Astros at .351 and the Yankees right behind at .350. That means we should continue to see scoring opportunities on both sides that can tilt momentum one way or the other as these lineups try to battle against the opposing pitcher.

How will the aces fare

Verlander vs. Judge, and Cole vs. Alvarez, need I say more? Although we won't see Justin Verlander go up against Gerrit Cole in the same game in this series (they should go head to head next Thursday, however), they will pitch on back-to-back days, with Houston's ace going Friday night and New York's on Saturday afternoon. Verlander is coming off his worst start of the year, a three and two-thirds inning outing where the White Sox put up seven runs, four earned, against him and knocked him out early to give him his third loss and increased his ERA from 1.94 to 2.30.

The last time he faced the Yankees was in the Bronx in the 2019 playoffs, in ALCS Game 5, where he went seven frames while allowing four runs, all on two homers in the first inning, which is all New York needed to grab the 4-1 victory to make it a 3-2 Houston lead in the series, which the Astros would go on to clinch in Game 6. So, with the double dose of bad taste in his mouth, it will be interesting to see if he can use that as the fuel to get back to the phenomenal form he's had this year or if the Yankees try to jump on him early like they did nearly three years ago.

Cole, meanwhile, is fresh off of two quality starts in a row against the Rays, where he allowed just one run on six hits with nineteen strikeouts over 13.1 innings of work. He's had his share of strife this season, though, including a seven-run shelling by the Twins earlier this month, along with a start in April where he couldn't make it through two innings against the Tigers. He's had success against his former club, most notably a complete-game shutout in Houston last July with twelve K's and holding the Astros to just three hits.

If the series opener was any indication, we are in for the treat of a playoff-caliber matchup, if not a potential ALCS preview that we may see in October. The Yankees showed why they have the best record and are the hottest team in baseball on Thursday night, but the Astros were only a good outing from their closer away from having a relatively lopsided win. The rivalry is real; the competition is close, and we get to enjoy the show.

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