Real Health Podcast: 'Winning the prize for the world’s fattest nation is not where we need to be’ - Health Minister, Simon Harris
Simon Harris, Minister for Health, joined me for a special pre-Christmas interview to discuss the...
Simon Harris, Minister for Health, joined me for a special pre-Christmas interview to discuss the...
The Christmas party season is in full swing and it's possibly the hardest month to stay trim and healthy! But fear not, as ever I am here to help.
The Christmas countdown has begun. We’re into December and I’m sure you’re all getting busy with presents, parties and decorations?
So here we are. The final week of the Christmas-ready plan. How time flies. Over the course this plan, you have cooked more, eaten better,...
We all know December is about Christmas parties, nights out and too much food and drink, but how can you stay in shape whilst also going out partying? Welcome to your Real Health...
Welcome to my new five-week plan to get you into the shape of your life - in time to let your hair down for Christmas-party season.
It's Volume 3 of your most popular fitness questions answered on this week's show. You've asked and I'm answering!
Exercising during winter can seem like an impossible task due to the short days, colder weather and dark evenings. We're waking up in the dark, leaving work in the dark and even exercising in the dark. But for the next six months, it's something we need to get used to.
It’s a topic that seems to be everywhere and it’s the fitness industry’s biggest push – fat loss and the magical way to do it. There’s a lot of myths out there and there are practical tips that do work, but the reality is there are no quick fixes.
Are you running in the 2018 Dublin City Marathon? I'm very jealous because it's one of the best marathons in the world and is an absolutely brilliant day.
Do you know the seven relationships that will define your life for better or worse?
So how did you get on with last week’s homework? It was probably the hardest yet, making positive lists, spending time reflecting, HIIT sessions and the big spring clean, there was a lot going on. But...
Is the vegan lifestyle for you? It’s not just about food but about how you are living your life and how it’s impacting animals in the process. For...
So how did you fare with your homework from week one? Don't worry if you didn't manage to get each one done, just do your best. Sometimes...
September is like the new January - people are back from their holidays, saying goodbye to what has been an amazing summer here in Ireland, the...
So how did you get on with last week's homework? Did you sign up for an event early next year to work towards? Have you been standing for an hour a day? If you completed your homework then you are well on your way to a better body, so give yourself a pat on the back.
Do you lead by example when it comes to healthy eating with your kids? Or do you find it a constant power struggle trying to get your kids to eat their fruit and veg?
It's Science Week and so the Real Health podcast wanted to get the answers to life, death, health and happiness and everything in between!
How did you get on with last week's worksheets? Did you put some time aside to plan out your goals for our five-week plan? Did you think a little about what you are going to do over these five weeks? I hope the recipe turned out well - cooking from scratch is so important!
Retiring at your peak aged 27 is not easy, but for this week’s guest, Anna Geary, a coach on Ireland’s Fittest Family and Cork’s former All Ireland winning captain, life is about choices and not being afraid of failure.
Anxiety and stress is affecting more and more Irish adults these days and we’re finding it harder to cope with what life throws at us.
The dreaded plateau. Probably the single biggest reason that people fall off the wagon when trying to get healthy. In the first few weeks of exercising and eating well, you will see big results. Results that motivate you to keep going. Weight-loss, inch-loss and an increase in fitness are all super motivators and you feel fantastic.
The dark, cold, rainy nights are coming in and it's easy to sit on the couch and find excuses to not go training. But beat those winter blues by using my ten tips for your Winter Survival Guide.
Only two weeks left of our School of Health! Last week was a really important lesson. Having the ability to reflect and take stock is crucial, yet it's something that many people fail to do. Now that you have fixed what didn't work for you, you will be flying. This week, I want to discuss two key things - the first is positivity and the second is the five simple ways to get back on track after falling off the wagon.
It's a truly inspiring interview on my podcast this week as I speak to Mark Pollock about the inner strength needed to cope with life's toughest challenges.
Back by popular demand, this week I'm answering more of your most popular fitness questions. These are the most common questions that I get asked by people at the gym, parties or wherever I'm out and about.
Do you start off with good intentions but then find yourself falling short of your health and fitness goals? Here's the thing though: it happens to all of us and the key is to have the tips and tricks to keep yourself motivated and on track when you do fall short.
How did you get on with the first week of your ageing well challenge? We have had some great feedback on last week's tips, proving that these simple lifestyle swaps really do make a difference to your health and your body as it gets that little bit older.
Welcome to my new series on improving your health, which is all about tips for a longer life. This one comes after so many requests over the last few weeks on my Instagram page on healthy ageing. Over the next three weeks I want to bring you advice on how to do just that: live healthier and age healthier too.
Healthy eating and cooking healthily is not difficult and this week I'm joined by two of Ireland's leading healthy food bloggers, Roz Purcell and Indy Power with some quick and easy meals to make.
Every week we get emails, messages, tweets and posts asking for health and fitness advice, so this week, I decided to answer the top five most common questions.
I want you to build your mental strength and mental resilience by working on your own mind gym and this week, clinical psychologist, Dr. Eddie Murphy, has the ten simple and easy exercises that you can do in your own time to improve your mental health.
I hope you enjoyed some of last week’s workouts and games for families. This week, I thought I would tap into something nearly all of us do on holiday: reading. It’s the perfect kick back and relax pursuit.
30 day personal health and fitness challenges are becoming more and more popular as it’s a great way to push yourself every day to get into a healthy habit and on this week’s Real Health podcast, I speak to SpinFM presenter, impersonator extraordinaire and social media influencer, Doireann Garrihy, who is in the middle of her own 20 day challenge.
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 emotional health.
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.
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 and determination to succeed were key to his future life and career.
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.
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.
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.
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 your sleep so that your body can get the ultimate recovery.
On this week’s show, Karl wants to inspire the men of Ireland to lose weight, get fit and healthy and make a positive change to their lives.
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 your core? Sounds a bit simple, doesn’t it? And don’t worry, I’m not going to suggest to you that you need to do lots and lots of yoga or Pilates, though they certainly will help. No, I am talking about doing some simple swaps, some simple challenges...
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 to want to get the most from our workout. Time is precious and it's a question I am always happy to answer.
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.