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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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Jovan Abernathy is an international marathoner and owner of Houston Tourism Gym. Read her blog, HTownRunTourist. Follow her on Twitter @jovanabernathy. Instagram @HTownRunTourist. Facebook @jovanabernathy

It has been over a week now that we have been ordered to stay home/work safe. Last night, we just found out that we can expect another 30 days of social distancing. It has been quite the adjustment with no end in sight.

But, if you take a couple of deep breaths and look closely, you can see how there is much to be grateful for. Here are the reasons why I have chosen to practice gratitude during the COVID-19 crisis:

Our focus is on the more important things.

Being ordered to stay home and only leave for necessities has made us aware of what is truly important. Making sure that we have steady income that we can do while staying at home and making sure we are safe and our families are safe has taken number one priority.

We have time to take our time and relax.

If you are anything like me, time is a precious commodity. The cause for a lot of anxiety for most of us is not having enough time to do the things we want and definitely not to do what we want to do well. I took all last week to catch up on much needed sleep. It has definitely been nice to take it easy and know that I am doing exactly what I need to do.

We have the time to make our health a priority.

How many times have you wanted to start that workout routine and something came up? How many times have you wanted to meal prep and run out of time? Because our days have less distractions, we have time to go for a walk, run, or bike ride outside. We have time to cook our own food.

We can let petty things go.

If someone has ticked you off or something upsetting happened, you have permission to let it go. Because we really have no way of knowing when and how this crisis will end, it just does not matter. If you find it hard to forget right away, don't worry, you have time to practice.

We have time to read, learn, and take courses.

There are so many podcasts that I listen to in my car, that I would love to sit down and take notes on and really take time to listen to them. I bet there are so many books that you have been meaning to read, but have not been able to start because you are too busy.

We have time to start that big project we have been wanting to start.

Whether it is spring cleaning, organizing the closet, or start writing your business plan, we all have one thing that we always wanted to start but never had the time. I have been working on a blog that I have wanted to start for over a year now. You can check it out. It is called HTownRunTourist. It is about how I got into running and why I started running internationally. It is not your mama's running blog. Although, it is not for everyone, I hope you enjoy it. Post are being released now.

We have the opportunity to start over.

Is there something about your life prior to COVID-19 that you wish you could change? Did you want to practice a habit like being better organized, you have time to do that. Personally, I need to lose some weight. You better believe it is one of my main priorities. Did you want to end toxic relationships? Now, you can. Use COVID-19 as an excuse why you didn't keep in touch and never look back. If it is not important now, it is not important.

So, let's choose relaxation over stress. There is definitely plenty to be grateful for. Let's start this practice so when we can get back to normal, we can hit the ground running!

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