Real Health Podcast: ‘There are days when I look at fitness people and think I’ll never look like that’ - Doireann Garrihy
30 day personal health and fitness challenges are becoming more and more popular as it’s a great...
30 day personal health and fitness challenges are becoming more and more popular as it’s a great...
This week, I’ve got ten life swaps that I want you to try over the next seven days which will make a massive difference to your mental, physical and...
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...
The increase in steroid use among young people is frightening, but not surprising.
Irish dancing wasn’t something that he wanted do, but after being made do it by his mother whilst growing up in New York, Padraic Moyles’ talent...
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.
On this week’s show, Karl sets out his Ten Commandments for Real Health.
So here we are, the final part of our How to Sleep Well series. I've been so delighted to see the difference in people's sleep over the past five weeks, especially following last week's column on sleeping in the heat. It has been so warm and sleeping in a cool bed makes such a difference.
Rob and Yvonne Cullen were a married couple who each hit 19 and 14 stone respectively, even though they regarded themselves as healthy eaters. But when running to play with the kids was even becoming difficult, they decided enough was enough.
Health is booming and so are the business opportunities around it.
Welcome to my new series, ‘How to Sleep Well’. Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be delving into the world of sleep: why we need it, what it does for us and how to help improve...
On this week’s show, Karl wants to inspire the men of Ireland to lose weight, get fit and healthy...
Do you know that you can slow down the ageing process, the effects of ageing and the risks of ageing by improving the power and strength of...
On this week’s Real Health podcast, Karl Henry chats to the hugely popular Food Medic, Dr Hazel Wallace.
One of the questions I get asked all the time is how to improve the results people are getting from their exercise. We are all so busy that it makes sense...
The arrival of summer often sparks an outbreak of enthusiasm for healthy pursuits. People start to focus on improving their diet and exercise regimes in order to get their body 'beach-ready'.
This week on Ireland’s No.1 health podcast, The Real Health podcast with Karl Henry, it’s a world exclusive as U2’s Adam Clayton sits down with me to discuss all things health and fitness in the world’s biggest band.
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.
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.
On this week’s show, Karl is going to be putting you to sleep – well, hopefully not in the next thirty minutes or so, but if you’re having trouble getting a good night’s rest, Karl speaks to sleep disorder expert, Deirdre McSwiney for the solutions and science behind sleep problems.
I hope the birds aren't waking you up too early at the moment. Isn't it incredible how loud they can be? I wake up around 4.30-4.45am and hang out with my dogs outside for a few minutes before I go to work. Standing on the grass in my bare feet and just getting ready for a busy day ahead and listening to the sounds of nature is amazing; it's up there with jumping into the sea first thing in...
On this week’s Real Health podcast, Karl Henry discusses your mental wellness, how to improve it and treat it like your physical health, with expert coach, Neil O'Brien, as well Room to Improve's Dermot Bannon.
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. Frighteningly, teenagers seem to get even less. There is a direct link between sleep and mental and physical health; sleep and your waistline and your risk of being overweight or obese are linked, too.
The nation's favourite doctor, Ciara Kelly, joins Karl Henry on this week's show to talk about her own recent health scare and how that forced her to re-evaluate her health and life situation.
It's time to stop fearing food says dietitian, Orla Walsh, on this week's show. She debunks common food myths that people have and provides some invaluable experience for confused parents and fussy eaters.
On this week’s Real Health podcast, Karl is focusing on tech – on the gadgets, apps, gear and devices that can help you improve your health and fitness lifestyle.
And breathe! It's been a hectic morning I'm sure and you no doubt have a busy day and week ahead of you. Even with all of the tips I have given over the past five weeks, it's still so easy to get stressed, uptight and lose control of your day. So sit back, put everything else out of your mind for the next two minutes and just focus on this column, nothing else.
The first episode of the Real Health podcast with Karl Henry is celebrating Workplace Wellbeing Day recorded live from Easons on O’Connell St.
Last week I challenged readers to leave the phone outside of the bedroom. How did you get on? It's tough, isn't it? You don't realise how attached to your phone you are until you actually have to try to put it away, out of sight. But the reality is that sleeping without your phone in your room will have a huge impact on your sleep quality, which has a positive impact on your stress levels and...
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 get-go.
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.
Welcome to the first instalment of my new series: 'How to Relax Well.' In the modern age of phone addiction and busy schedules with little or no work/life balance, we are more unwell than ever before.
What a week that was. Seven days of weather chaos - snow, rain, winds and everything else threw the country into an extended couch and duvet day.
To be honest, it is something I have been saying and thinking for years - if you spend your days trying to clock up 10,000 steps, you might want to pause and have a rethink. People have been following the catchy fitness goal of 10,000 steps to gauge their activity levels for a while now, but it's a tool I have been sceptical about.
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.
Work is such a huge component of our day that any little improvement you can make in the office to improve your health can only be a good thing. So far we have looked at your commute to work and your desk - those easy swaps will do a huge amount to transform your workday. Now let's take a look at the simple food swaps you can do to improve your food intake in the workplace.
Welcome to our new six-part series for the new year: How To Work Well. We spend so much time in work that most people forget to take advantage of the opportunities to get healthier while actually working. This series is going to be all about simple switches and changes that you can make that will have a big impact.
Operation Transformation 2018 is underway. 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 best we have ever done, with new initiatives, a whole new exercise plan and lots more to encourage you to get fit in 2018.
Well done, you survived! The festive season is officially over. It’s time to recognise that the jeans definitely feel tighter and those desserts and nights out over the last few weeks have certainly made a difference. But fear not, we are going to draw a line in the sand and move forward today.
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 woken up to face more of the same over the coming days.
We are about to eat the biggest, yummiest and most calorific meal of the year. But don't worry, I don't intend to make you feel bad. Life is for living. Real health is about balance and enjoying everything in moderation.
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.
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. Oddly enough, this is my favourite time of year for all the other reasons. After a hectic November, where I have barely had time to think and my training has suffered, December is a refreshingly quiet month - my diary empties and all of a sudden I have lots of time to train...
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. It has been a great five weeks so far, getting to focus on a sector of society that are often forgotten about when it comes to healthy advice. The reality is that as you get older, your health, fitness and motivation are crucial to how you age, your quality of life and your mood.
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. If you have been following the columns you will know that the word 'vigorous' is key when it comes to getting the most from your exercise - increasing your heart rate is so important for the cardiovascular and anti-ageing...
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.
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.
Ahhhh routine, glorious routine. There is nothing quite like it. Now that the schools are back, the traffic is back, after-school activities are back and life is back to normal again. It's time to get your health back to where it was pre-summer, tighten that waistline and set some new targets for the next few months, before Christmas party season takes its toll on the waistline again.
Health can be so confusing, so scary and intimidating. More often than not, people just don't know where to begin their journey to a healthier life.
It’s that time of year - books, uniforms, sports gear, new shoes and, for many, new classes and even new schools. We are gearing up for the back-to-school rush. The long summer holidays are over and routine and structure will be returning to households all over Ireland.
Women in sport - we need more of them. We need them to be ambassadors, to guide the thousands of teenagers and school children around Ireland, helping them lead a healthier lifestyle, to encourage them to participate in sports in schools and to stay participating as the school cycle goes from primary to secondary and then into third level.
Ageing. It’s a part of life. Something we all have to face. The hairline might recede, the wrinkles appear and your waistline expands almost overnight. It seems like you just have to accept it — or do you?
What an amazing weekend! Great weather — and so much sport to watch. The summer, with all of its long evenings and good weather, is a super time to get fit and get healthy.
I suppose it's nothing we haven't seen before. A showman, an athlete, and a story of perseverance and hard work. Loud, controversial and in your face. Sport can enthral us all with its display of sacrifice and skill. The triumph of the athlete is exhilarating to watch and feel involved with. An athlete, that is, that a nation can stand behind and be proud of.
Well, what an event that was. The sight of 4,000 runners, joggers and walkers in the Phoenix Park was an incredible sight! So many first time runners and so many families and children all getting the exhilaration of crossing the finish line and completing a tough course on a hot and windy day. I have to say, I was emotional myself after the day - my goal in life is to help get as many people to...
Now that July is upon us, we are well and truly into summer. July can be the make-or-break month for your health and fitness during this season: consider the extra socialising that comes with the good weather, the increased eating out, the reduction in gym time, and before you know it you will have spiralled out of control, September will be here and you will have gained weight. This leaves you starting into the cycle all over again.
So it started like all of my other client meetings. Before I start personal training with any new client, I like to meet them, spend some time chatting about goals, food and exercise history to get as much information as possible about the new client's background. This is all part of building the foundations of the goals we are going to achieve, and it's something I have always done with my...
So here we are, week 10 of my 10 essential exercises that everyone should know. Over the course of the last 10 weeks, I have tried to pick exercises that I truly believe anyone, of any age and any fitness level, can do, and ones that will deliver real benefits to your body and your mind.
Your core: the centre of the body. The area that everyone wants to improve, always. Every client I see comes in with this request. It's important to remember that we all have a six pack. Everyone reading this column has a set of abdominals. What differentiates one person from another is the fat that covers the area.
I hope you have been enjoying the exercises so far and adding them into your exercise routine. Don’t forget to try the adaptations too. Change is key to results and if it becomes too easy, you can make the changes each week to make it harder.
Another of the leg classics this week, the lunge is one of the old school exercises that is great for your legs, your bum and can be combined into a full body exercise too by adding in some other exercises.
Welcome to my new 10-part series on the most important exercises you will ever learn. Each week I will be showing you one new exercise that is crucial to your overall health and that you definitely should add to your regular routine.
What a weekend! The sun was out, the clocks went forward and now that it's brighter in the evening, people are in great form. You can't beat it - not only is the weather beginning to get better, but it's a really positive time of year. We get busy in the gym with new clients, current clients tend to work even harder and it's easy to motivate people.
I recently had an email from a concerned parent, wondering how she could motivate her children to exercise more and spend less time watching TV. To be honest, it's the type of email I receive several times a month.
We did it! The final week of my real resolutions plan is finally here, helping you to survive that time of year when so many fall off the wagon. Over the last seven weeks I have covered many different areas, starting with finding the right reasons then looking at food and finally to exercise. Here is a review of what we covered over the last seven weeks:
Just three weeks to go on our real resolutions plan and now you have well and truly hit your stride. You have put the work into your planning, organised your weekly food shop and gradually boosted your activity levels, so well done to you.
Last week I explained how making a colour change is one of the simplest ways to improve what you eat in your day.
Happy New Year to one and all! Christmas can feel like a drawn-out affair, especially this year with so many people taking the week after the big day off work. And now, it's time for the New Year diet craze.
We have just four days to go until the big day - when the nation sits down to the biggest calorific intake of the entire year. That clocks in at a reported 7,000 calories per person if you're following Jamie Oliver's fabulously festive menu - and, let's face it, probably just as many are consumed during the standard Irish Christmas dinner!
Most of us will find an excuse not to train at some point - working too much; bad weather; I'll start on Monday. But December is the one month that seems to be the downfall for even the most motivated among us. With office bashes full of alcohol, catching up with old friends for dinner, and simple festive cheer in the air topped off with mice pies, it can be hard to stay on the straight and narrow.
Jamie Heaslip, Rory McIlroy, Dermot Bannon, a singing and dancing Ryan Tubridy, and an audience full of Christmas fancy dress - what an amazing 'Late Late Toy Show' that was! I always feel that once the 'Toy Show' has been on, it is officially Christmas. We now have plenty of ideas for the little ones in our lives, but what about the grown-ups - especially the health-conscious ones? Here are my picks of the best health and fitness-inspired gifts for those on your shopping list this year.
Operation Transformation's Dr Ciara Kelly talks about her own health journey.
Okay, so I know what you're going to think, here he goes again, lecturing everyone about what not to do when the most unhealthy time of the year is nearly upon us. So breathe in, there will be no lecture. Alcohol is something that is ingrained in the Irish psyche. It's just part of what we do. Still, there is something that I see all the time in my clients' food diaries when they start working with me. They are often shocked by the sheer volume consumed. They are also surprised to discover that alcohol is:
Corporate health and well-being has never been more popular, and more crucial to the health of the nation. I work with companies all around Ireland and in the UK on health programmes for their staff - everything from lectures to 5k runs. The workplace is somewhere we spend so much of our time, yet if it's not geared to health then it's somewhere that you are putting your health at risk. In today's column, I thought I would bring you 10 simple tips that you can use in your company to improve the health of your corporate environment:
The shocking sudden death of Anthony Foley has saddened the nation. So unexpected, so young. A legend of a man. I remember watching Munster's epic European cup win in 2005-2006 and watching his emotion as they won the game, being motivated by that emotion to train better myself. Earlier today, I sat listening to the 'Fields of Athenry' being played on the radio, at the time of Anthony Foley's funeral, as a national tribute. It brought home just how the nation is trying to come to terms with the whole situation.
Over the past 16 weeks I have been in the process of selling my apartment and buying a new house. One word can describe this process: stressful. In fact, I can without doubt say that it has been the most stressful time of my life.
A couple of weeks ago I was on 'The Ray D'Arcy Show' on RTÉ 1 doing a fitness challenge with the host and also the comedian PJ Gallagher. The hanging bar challenge is pretty simple; you keep your arms straight and your hands gripping the bar with your knuckles facing towards you, hang for as long as you can with your legs straight, and your feet off the floor.
As the 'Operation Transformation' celebrity special has come to an end, our leaders have faced up to the fact that they needed to change their lives for their health. Just like people all over Ireland, our leaders came to a crossroads in their lives.
For the last two weeks, 'Celebrity Operation Transformation' has captured the nation's hearts as they follow the journey of the five contestants throughout their challenge to cook healthy meals and work out more.
Last Wednesday saw the very first 'Celebrity Operation Transformation' on RTE2. Five brave famous souls took on the challenge to change their lives. And above anything, what we saw last week is that the celebrities are just like everyone else, with real struggles and a desire for change.
Never before has mental health been more prevalent in the media and in conversation in Ireland. For the first time that I can remember, it has become okay for men and women to talk about their mood, their unhappiness, their feelings and how it affects them. It is an incredibly powerful message - one that only helps others out there who suffer from mental health issues.
September is coming fast, and hasn't the summer just flown by. It's always now that people start to get their lives back on track, the schools and workplaces begin to return to normal, and before you know it, summer feels like a long time ago. September is like January in terms of health - gyms and bootcamps are booming, and it's time to get back in shape. Many who took my August challenge will have got through the month in good shape, but it is hard.
Here we are in week four of the August Challenge - how fast has this month gone? Hopefully, you have noticed an improvement in your fitness levels compared to previous months, and have been cooking a lot more, too. As we near the end of our month-long challenge, I am upping the ante - because I know you're well able for it. Well done on all your hard work so far, and keep it up, as I will have a brand new challenge coming in three weeks' time!
It's week three of your August challenge and things are about to get tougher. At this stage you have laid a great foundation, so let's build on it. The goal of my column and actually any work that I do in the media is to make health simple and accessible, and this challenge is a perfect way to make that happen. So keep up your hard work and I hope you enjoy this week's instalment.
We're now into week two of our August Challenge - I hope you made a good start with our week one exercises. This week we are taking things up a notch and pushing a little harder. If you find it too hard then you can add in some breaks, but don't be afraid to challenge yourself.
Temperatures have been hotting up - and it looks like there may be some more good weather to come.
With the boom in the fitness industry showing no signs of abating, thankfully Ireland seems determined to lose the weight, waistlines and body fat that has held us back for so long.
Seven days of hard work, eating healthy and leaving lighter, fitter, healthier and happier. Sounds great, doesn't it? But can seven days really make that much of a difference to your health?
Come on you boys in green! That's the first week of the Euros down, and although some of the wind has gone out of our sails since Saturday's defeat to Belgium, there's still massive interest in the ongoing sporting spectacle in France.
Did you know that being fat was once a sign of wealth and opulence? And being slim was a sign of deprivation? Back in the 17, 18 and even 1900s, this was the case. If you had money you could afford to eat more and eat lavishly and put on weight. Granted, the average life expectancy was incredibly low, but how times have changed.
Blueway, Greenway, Wild Atlantic Way - high five, Ireland! Health tourism is exploding in popularity right now, and Ireland is leading the way in destination-driven health initiatives, making sports and activities more attractive but, more importantly, more accessible than ever before.
With wedding season comes familiar territory: the bride, groom and, increasingly, the wedding party, start working out and getting in shape for the big day. And there is one side to married life that I notice more and more among clients, and that is the stone or so in weight that couples seem to gain in the first few months of wedded bliss.
Wasn't it great to see Rory McIlroy and Alex Ferguson on stage together recently in the Convention Centre in Dublin? Two superstars, experts in their field, giving us all a glimpse into their minds and what makes them so succesful, during a talk to raise funds for the golfer's charity The Rory Foundation. One of the common themes was that successful people are motivated, focussed, driven, sometimes ruthless, and have a burning ambition to push themselves and those around them to be the best.
How strong do you actually want to be? Lifting. Resistance. Strength and conditioning. Weights. Call it whatever you want, but one thing's for sure, strength training has never been more in fashion.
Last week I was watching some of the amazing Champions League football matches - Bayern Munich versus Athletico Madrid, what a game! But what really struck me was that one of the star players had been reported to be seriously ill in the days coming up to the match, yet he was still playing.
With all the controversy around the water charges this week and last, I thought it only right to bring you a column about the same, though I want to tell you what it can do for you in a good, a healthy way, as opposed to what it may do to your wallet!
What a wonderful country we live in, surrounded by mountains, lakes, rivers, oceans and parks that entice us to exercise in the open air. Actually it's something I think so many of us take for granted; Ireland is an outdoor paradise for so many sports.
Recently while watching a health show on TV, I watched a fascinating segment on the quantity of food that we eat and just how big the volume of food on our plates is. Scary stuff.
Videos, blogs, groups, photos, tips, routes and a whole lot more. Social media has become an integral part of getting fitter and healthier, giving you access to a huge amount of support and motivation instantly. Videos of exercise routines and sessions, there is no end to the amount of content out there.
Over the last few weeks we have had lots of new clients coming in, ready to get into the best shape ever for the summer.
Yoga, Pilates, tai chi, stretching, body balance and meditation are all types of passive exercise, often one of the more overlooked forms of exercise that can reap such huge benefits for every part of your body.
Lent, a 40-day challenge to stick to your vows of abstinence when chocolate, wine, cigarettes and many other habits around the country are put on hold as you try to hang in there and not give in to the temptation. It's hard isn't it?
It was an emotional end to this season of 'Operation Transformation'.
There's only one week to go, and I'm delighted to see all our leaders achieving their targets.
The middle weeks are the toughest weeks on the show every single time, and that's because our leaders get fitter, they get stronger - and sometimes they are lulled into a false sense of security.
We're now into Week 5, which should be one of the hardest weeks in the show, yet all four of our leaders achieved their targets and Mayo leader John Conmy smashed it with a whopping 8lbs.
We've arrived at the halfway point, when things really begin to get hard. We saw two of our leaders hitting their targets this week, two missing them and we're now one leader down.
Weight loss can be such a rollercoaster journey and if anything this week proved that. At this early stage in the show, we would expect most of our leaders to hit their targets, but it was a tough week, with primary school teacher Noeleen Lynam being the only leader to succeed.
Advising leader Dan Kennedy from Dublin not to exercise this week was one of the hardest bits of advice I've ever had to give anybody on 'Operation Transformation'.
Ten years. That makes me feel old. This series of Operation Transformation will be the ninth, and in the very beginning it all started on 2fm with Gerry Ryan.
By now you have had your fill of food and alcohol, the thought of another night out is enough to send you to bed and you are actually looking forward to getting back into your routine, your regular structure.