How Staying Healthy Makes For A Happier Podcast Lifestyle

Updated: Feb 15

2020 was quite the year challenging the status quo and led to us thinking about our lives while staying safe and healthy. We had to shift our focus away from everyday routines to more contemplative thoughts and embracing people who really mattered. Reflection was the word of 2020 for so many people.

For veteran podcasters producing great content never stopped. For new podcasters there was an audience waiting to hear from them. The one thing that was universal and discussed on so many podcasts was how people were making healthier lifestyles changes by staying active, getting adequate sleep, saving, enjoying, spending, staying connected, eating healthier and learning new hobbies like ice fishing!


I asked four podcast hosts, three questions each, about their 2020 podcast year, a podcast breakthrough that led to a great show and how they intend to live a healthier lifestyle in 2021. They share their insights and tips so you can think about your podcast year ahead.


How do you intend to live a healthier and happier podcast lifestyle this year?


Ina Coveney | The Global Phenomenon


Staying Healthy in 2020

I'm sure that a lot more podcasters out there will relate to the fact that 2020 was not a great year for self-care! Instead of adding wellness pressures to myself, I focused on my mental health. Keeping a sound mind and positive attitude through 2020 with a busy business to run, being under the same roof as my spouse 24/7 (I love him, but it's a change!), and 2 kids running around, I needed to keep calm and carry on! And make sure to never miss a talk therapy appointment.

Photo credit: Mira Whiting


A Podcast Breakthrough That Led To a Great Podcast Episode

Sometimes throwing away the rulebook pays off. I was interviewing a big name in my industry, and I could tell that her energy was not all there. The events of 2020 had affected her greatly. So while I kept the conversation on track for most of the episode, I just had to throw my notes away and ask her how she was feeling. Right there, in front of her microphone, she started to cry. She needed that release, and being on a stuffy interview was not her first choice that day. We walked away with a virtual hug and a much greater compassion and appreciation for each other as human beings.


Living a Healthier and Happier Podcast Lifestyle

2020 shocked us with its sudden nature. We were on a freight train that hit a wall all by surprise. 2021 may not offer the same freedoms as we had before the pandemic, but now we know what to expect! In 2021 I'll be planning my family's and my meals, making sure to get out and walk around the block every day, and if I fall off the wagon, I'll just get right back up and try again the next day. It's a time to give ourselves a little grace, and start to see the future for what it is: full of incredible possibilities.

Jamie Rodriguez | Jrodconcerts Podcast


Staying Healthy in 2020

Lots of emphasis on both physical movement and emotional fitness. In regards to physical motion, (motion = emotion). This included dance and high-intensity workouts. Example: Orange Theory. As far as emotional health, meditation, grateful exercises and being grounded every day. Sounds easy on paper, but doing this consistently paid dividends.


A Podcast Breakthrough That Led To a Great Podcast Episode

Getting into the proper 'state' before podcasts made for better episodes. This means literally creating a playlist that got me dancing and into the right mindset (like an athlete) before each episode. This made for outstanding interviews with musical legends and up and coming talents.


Living a Healthier and Happier Podcast Lifestyle

Keep the focus on the above, and improve nutrition.

Mariely Sylvette Martinez | PodQueens Latinas


Staying Healthy in 2020

The good thing about podcasting is that you can record your episodes remotely more easily than in person. I continued producing my podcast and scheduled interviews using online meeting services and that way, I reduced the risk of getting sick while maintaining my production routine.


Consuming healthier home-cooked meals plus adding more food variety to my diet as well as taking daily vitamins and supplements to strengthen my immune system helped me maintain my general well being. To maintain my mental sanity, I joined many virtual reunions with colleagues, friends and family members during my free time. All those conversations served me as inspiration to identify new potential topics to produce for my podcast. Researching topics, recording solo episodes and interviews, and connecting with other podcasters helped me maintain a sense of "normality" and also solidarity with my audience, within all the craziness going on in the world. I was able to support my audience podcast production as well by sharing how important it was to adapt to the new reality and find new ways to continue producing our podcasts whenever possible, even if it meant reducing the frequency.


A Podcast Breakthrough That Led To a Great Podcast Episode

At one point, I was so busy I didn't have the time to produce any new and fresh content, so I decided it was time to repurpose content from a conference which led to one of the most downloaded episodes! And it was really easy to do. After participating as a speaker during a virtual podcasting conference, the organizer shared the recording with me. By only extracting and editing the audio portion of it, I turned it into a great podcast episode that my audience truly digged.


Living a Healthier and Happier Podcast Lifestyle

My intentions for 2021 are to nurture my body by consuming healthier foods and taking time off to relax and connect with nature. A relaxed and well-rested body supports my creativity to produce more and better content. But also, it is my intention to nurture my mind and soul by consuming great content. It is my desire to continue learning and expanding my horizons as a person and as a podcaster. For me, it is vital and healthy that we listen to other podcasters and learn from them as much as we love to educate, inspire and share our message in our own podcasts.

Rio Rocket | Design Your Decade Rocket

Staying Healthy in 2020

Always having the mindset that staying healthy allows me to be my best for all the things I am blessed to do, 2020 provided quite a challenge when my gym closed. I immediately transitioned into a regimen of outdoor park workouts and indoor home workouts. I focused on calisthenics and cardio outdoors performing dips, pushups, pull-ups and park running. Indoors I improvised using a combination of 5 gallon water jugs, resistance bands, weighted vests and core workouts on the floor. Combined with a healthy diet and deep restful sleep, I would not allow 2020 to negatively affect my health.


A Podcast Breakthrough That Led To a Great Podcast Episode

The breakthrough came when after two years of planning what was intended to be the "Netflix of Career Growth" with my business partner Rosann Santos, the quarantine made filming on a set near impossible. Tapping into my creativity and sense of adaptability I decided that we could instead use a podcast as our medium. I built a recording studio in my home and Rosann and I pivoted into the Design Your Decade podcast.


Living a Healthier and Happier Podcast Lifestyle

For 2021 I have now decided to devote more time to exercising outdoors even though my gym is open and accessible. 2020 taught me that re-connecting with nature, breathing in fresh air and absorbing sunlight for brief periods of time is the X-factor that I was missing while spending all that time in the gym. We even added a Health Tip of The Day to every podcast episode to spread the word, educate and encourage our listeners to not just grow in their career but also elevate their health. A healthy mind and body gives you an advantage in every aspect of your life.

Felicia Luca: Is the Creator and Managing Director of Band Ambassador Select and Select Podcast Guests. She is responsible for setting the vision, driving the growth and managing both divisions.

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