Listen now to the pilot episode.

For a quick boost and a first step toward feeling better about exercise for the rest of your life.


Take the 21-day exercise challenge.

We’ll email you a new episode every morning along with inspirational stories, tips & music to help you get up and go.

What are you in for? A new podcast from WBUR! The Magic Pill is your daily dose of get-up-and-go.

It’s a quick and uplifting mix of stories, science, tips and new music, all aimed at helping you feel better about exercise for the rest of your life.


A Podcast at Your Pace

Starting tomorrow, you’ll receive our 21-day podcast challenge. Every morning, we’ll email you a new episode with inspirational stories, tips & music to help you get up and go. If you don’t have time to check out a day’s episode, we’ll hold off on sending you the next one until you do. So if you want to get tomorrow’s email, be sure to open the one you receive today.

Co-hosts Dr. Eddie Phillips of Harvard Medical School and Carey Goldberg of WBUR’s CommonHealth are in this for you: It’s a 21-day challenge but they never say “should.”

Eddie is a leading expert on the medical importance of exercise, and Carey is a longtime health journalist swayed by the studies she wrote about. Both believe in solid science and strong storytelling, and want to help you cut through the noise to what matters most about exercise: Doing it — even just a little — and figuring out what works for you, so that you’ll keep doing it.

Highlighted Episodes

RIGHT NOW — The immediate rewards of exercise: feeling better in all kinds of ways.

MEANING — Remember recess? Many of us have come to think of exercise as a chore; the key, experts say, is to reach the point that we see it as a gift, a treat, even a source of joy.

WEIGHT LOSS — It’s the reason many of us exercise and it does help keep weight off, but it’s not an effective way to lose it.

NO TIME — Many of us truly do not have time to work out — but there are ways to slip exercise into the cracks between the day’s big obligations.

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