Why I Listen to Podcasts

I decided to think about and then share why I listen to podcasts. If you’re reading this blogpost, you’re probably aware that Chris Brown and I are co-hosts of our Fit Strong Women Over 50 podcast. We’re obviously predisposed to listen to podcasts since we produce one regularly. I did listen to podcasts well before Chris and I thought we should start one.

My brother recently was housebound while he recovered from an injury. I suggested that he listen to podcasts when he wanted to lie down to rest but maybe didn’t really want to sleep. He wasn’t really aware of podcasts so I suggested a couple that I thought he would enjoy.

I pointed out that it might be enjoyable just to listen to something without having to read or watch a screen.


According to Podcasting.Org, there are over 820,000 different podcasts and over 28 million episodes. That’s a lot of podcasts and a lot of episodes. It makes finding the right podcast a bit challenging. That’s where word of mouth comes in. If you’re trying to figure out what you might like to listen to, ask a friend who enjoys podcasts. That’s often the best way.

You can, of course, do a search on Google. Simply type in the topic you want and add the word podcast and Google will find them for you.


I’m a reader by nature. In an ideal world, I’d just sit and read my book. Since I have to drive to work and take road trips to visit family, I can listen to audio books but also like to listen to podcasts. For one thing, I can listen to people discuss a variety of topics, learn about subjects I’m interested in, and feel like I’m having a conversation with people. It’s a different experience than listening to audio books.

Five Reasons Why I Listen to Podcasts

  1. I enjoy listening to people discuss things I’m interested in and want to learn more about. I listen to some podcasts that deal exclusively with podcasting and so I learn from them. Then, when Chris and I work on Fit Strong Women Over 50, I often have some fresh ideas on how to do things.
  2. It’s motivational to hear what other people are doing. The podcasts that deal with running or fitness or diet all bring new perspectives to me. When I listen to people who are doing amazing things, I’m motivated to do more or at least to keep doing what I’m doing.
  3. I’m entertained. Some podcasts are just fun to listen to. I don’t necessarily learn anything new but I enjoy hearing what they have to say. This can include suspenseful podcasts too. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there are a lot of unsolved mystery podcasts and they’re very popular. I don’t listen to many of them but once in a while I enjoy one. Find something that you like to listen to and stick with it or look for more.
  4. They’re portable. Podcasts work well in the car when I’m driving. Any commuting that I do usually means I’m listening to an episode of something. If I’m running or walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike, podcasts are great. I usually have my phone with me and just plug in headphones (or connect my Trekz Air Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones) and I’m ready to start listening.
  5. I love the variety. Some podcasts are very short, say ten minutes, and come out daily. Others are over an hour and come out maybe once or twice a month or even less. Some are serious and very informational. Others are just kind of silly and make you laugh. The great thing is that you can try a new podcast and if you don’t like it, move on to the next one.

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