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Take an audiobook for a walk

Audiobook and podcast recommendations for exercise

By Callum Campbell · Published: October 6, 2021

woman walking in the park listening to music, podcasts or audiobooks

Studies have shown that ‘temptation bundling’ – saving something you enjoy to combine with a less pleasurable activity as motivation – can dramatically improve your workout.  

Exercisers who saved an audiobook for the gym worked out 51% more often than those who didn’t, according to a study in Management Science. 

Check out some recommendations from WellChild staff below:

Audio Books 

You can listed to audio books on a range of platforms. Paid platforms include Audible from Amazon, which has a free trial, and Scribd, which also has a free trial and allows you to download e-books. There are also lots of abridged free audio books on BBC Sounds.

Some of our favorite audio books include:

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

The Cows and So Lucky by Dawn Porter

Three hours by Rosamund Lupton  

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

The End of the Affair by Graham Green

Jack Reacher series by Lee Child

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

Careless by Kirsty Capes

My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Want more recommendations? Good Housekeeping have a list of top audio books here >> 


Our top recommendations:

The Infinite Monkey Cage 

How to Fail with Elizabeth Day 

The Off Menu Podcast 

The Moth Podcast 

Sh*gged, married annoyed by Chris and Rosie Ramsay

 Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place

Table Manners with Jessie Ware

Chloe French, Family Membership and Engagement


First published 6 October 2021

Next review due January 2022