The secret to healthy ageing - ‘Concurrent training over 60 is more important than ever’
If you thought old age was a time to slow down and take it easy, think again.
If you thought old age was a time to slow down and take it easy, think again.
From poolside holidays to beer gardens and barbeques, it can be tempting to give in to all the food, cocktails and lounging about in the summertime, especially during a heatwave like we're experiencing now.
It may be a secluded part of the Phoenix Park but there's still the odd runner and mountain bike enthusiast who takes this verdant route and all of them look at me with a mixture of amusement, bemusement and - maybe I'm kidding myself here - admiration.
The arrival of summer often sparks an outbreak of enthusiasm for healthy pursuits.
Welcome to my latest six-part series, How to Travel Well. I was away on holidays two weeks ago and as I write this, I am in Boston for an exclusive interview with an amazing guest for my Real Health podcast, which will be available this Friday.
Summer is here at last and as I write this I am lying by the pool in the Canary Islands, my first holiday since December. There is something lovely about taking time off, relaxing, having fun and just catching up on yourself and those around you.
So here we are, the final part of our How to Sleep Well series.
What a week of weather we have had! It's been sunny, humid, warm and almost tropical at times - which got me thinking that it's actually really important to figure out how to improve the way we sleep in the heat.
Every June Bank Holiday since 1983, thousands of women have descended on the capital to take part in the biggest women's event of its kind in the world.
Weightlifting and other forms of resistance training can lift off the weight of depression, a major study conducted by University of Limerick has revealed.
Eight hours. 'EIGHT HOURS?' I hear you scream. The more people I chat to, the more I realise that actually very few people are getting that amount of sleep.
One of the questions I get asked all the time is how to improve the results people are getting from their exercise.
And breathe! It's been a hectic morning I'm sure and you no doubt have a busy day and week ahead of you.
Research shows that four out of five children in Ireland are not getting enough physical exercise - but how do you get sedentary tech-obsessed kids away from their screens and onto their feet?
Last week I challenged readers to leave the phone outside of the bedroom. How did you get on? It's tough, isn't it?
Trying to get fit? You're not trying hard enough, according to Halle Berry who has recently transitioned into an Instagram Fitspo star with an unashamedly militant streak.
Until recently, I honestly didn't realise just how stressed out people were in their everyday lives. But I suppose that's the world we live in - constantly chasing our tails and under pressure from the moment we wake until we put our heads down to sleep.
How are the stress levels after last week? Much better I hope! Focusing on creating a better morning routine with less chaos and more calmness is so important to how the rest of your day goes. It's all about setting yourself up for success and relaxation from the...
The sport of triathlon first came on singer Eimear Quinn's radar about a decade ago when she was working with a group of musicians who were involved in it.
It was great to see such a big reaction to last week's column - looks like there are lots of people in need of some relaxing.
When the offer was first put to Gary Thornton, he knew not to hesitate, realising that if he thought too much about the pain ahead, he'd never even make the start line.
Activity trackers are now the must-have accessory for those aiming to shape-up and lose weight, the "wearable tech" that shows the world you are serious about getting fit.
Welcome to week six of our eight-week fitness challenge. We are well over the halfway point. If you have got this far you should congratulate yourself.
So far in our How to Work Well series we have looked at your commute, your desk and basic food swaps that will dramatically improve your health during your workday.
Welcome to the halfway mark of our eight-week fitness plan: Leaner, Fitter, Stronger. Hopefully you have managed to stick with the programme so far, keeping up with your training and changes to diet.
Getting in your 10,000 steps, the distance we should all be walking every day for improved health, can seem daunting. It sounds like a lot.
Welcome to week three of our eight-week fitness challenge. This week is all about dispelling myths so that you can be realistic in your goals and what you can truly achieve.
Welcome to our new six-part series for the new year: How To Work Well.
Welcome to week two of our eight-week plan to a leaner, fitter, stronger you.
If you're like me, you're determined to get over the excesses of the festive period by making a start into a fitness regime... again.
Tonight sees the very first episode of Operation Transformation of 2018. We're now into season 11 and five incredibly brave new leaders will be starting their journey to get fit, lose weight and motivate the nation. This year's show will be the biggest and...
Welcome to week one of our eight-week fitness challenge. For the next eight weeks we are going to be looking at how to create a sustainable fitness routine that you can adapt to your lifestyle to help get you fitter and leaner but, most importantly, to give you...
There was a time when getting fit was associated with monotonous hours in the gym or pounding the city streets. However, these days a lot of emphasis has been placed on the fun side of working out - and luckily there is something out there to suit every fitness level and preference. Here's what to expect this year...
We can relax - the most anticipated dinner of the year is now over! The nation's waistlines have expanded, we all fell asleep on the couch after eating way too much food, our bodies have shut down in order to let our stomachs do all the work, and now you've...
Ho ho ho, just six days to go! Are you tired of the parties yet or just warming up? Speaking of warm, as you read this column, I am now on my holidays in Abu Dhabi, getting some vitamin D and escaping the Christmas mayhem and stress.
Someone I know gave his wife a gym subscription for Christmas last year. Safe to say he won't be making the same mistake twice!
This year has very much been the year of health and fitness. Never before have I seen the newspapers, social media and even the world of advertising so focused on health.
Parties, parties everywhere - food, alcohol and lots of dancing will be coming your way over the coming weeks.
Light, glorious light! Every year I am fascinated by just how dark it gets in autumn and winter. It seems to get darker earlier every year, though I am fairly sure this is only in my mind.
So here we are, the final instalment of my Fit After 50 series.
This week we will focus on training the shoulders. One thing I notice with many gym-goers over the years is a lack of attention to these key muscles - the shoulders are often neglected, even by those who are relatively experienced at workouts.
Over the past four weeks we have taken a look at the different types of exercise, how they can benefit you as you age and the frequency you should do them.
Over the coming weeks we will take a look at how best to break workouts down in order to focus on different areas, from legs and glutes to arms, core and abs, for example.
Welcome to my new six-part series, Fit after 50. My goal over the next six weeks is to show you just how important health and exercise are as you get older.
There's a bit of a fitness boom going on in Ireland at the moment and as more and more people seek to hone and improve their bodies, some of them may be turning to performance-enhancing drugs, particularly steroids.
Going to the gym for the first few times can be quite intimidating, especially when you are using weights and are not sure what to do, while everyone else seems to know what they are doing.
If you're lucky enough to catch Ann Woodlock, it will probably be running out the gate of her home in her shorts and T-shirt to go for a run.
Over the next four weeks, I'll be going through some of my favourite exercises to do at the gym.
Health can be so scary, daunting, and unattainable that sometimes you can't see how to start, what to do first or where to go next.
Welcome to this, the fourth and final week of our getting back into a routine feature.
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