Real Health Podcast with the Happy Pear: 'If you embrace life, a grey manky day suddenly becomes more'
It all began with a veg shop in Greystones, and what started as a simple dream has, over the last fifteen years, become an overnight success...
It all began with a veg shop in Greystones, and what started as a simple dream has, over the last fifteen years, become an overnight success...
Gut health is everything to do with your bowel and its healthy functioning is a vital part of your daily life.
After 30, your brain starts to shrink. It's a scary fact and as it's our most important organ it makes sense that we should look after it and keep it fit.
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...
Let's talk about sex. In the first of a masterclass health series on the Real Health podcast, I'm talking about sexual health and sexual communication with sex educator and owner of Sex Siopa, Shawna Scott.
"If you can walk comfortably for thirty minutes, then running is worth giving a shot to. Most people stop because they’re trying to do much. Lower your expectations from the start and start small. Little wins make you more likely to get out the door."
As Leinster Rugby look to add a record-breaking fifth European Cup to their trophy cabinet, it’s an exciting time to be involved with the club and from a health and fitness perspective, I wanted to find out some of the tips and insights into what makes them one of true greats on the European scene.
The next time you reach for a snack or something to eat, ask yourself, are you really hungry?
Waking up in a pool of blood at the bottom of a flight of stairs in a karaoke bar was the final straw for TodayFM’s Dermot Whelan. He needed to find a way to deal with life’s stresses and that’s when he discovered meditation as he explains to me on this week’s Real Health episode.
Aged six, Bernard Dunne sat on Barry McGuigan's knee and told McGuigan that someday he too would be like him. Twenty-three years later Bernard Dunne became a world boxing champion and proved his skill, determination and focus to achieve.
It's the one exercise that is so simple, so good for your stress and health and what's more, it’s...
Pat Divilly has been one of Ireland's most well-known trainers and personal coaches but it was fascinating to speak to him this week about his...
Dancing with the Stars is one of the country’s most popular TV shows and not only does it showcase the skill of dancers and dancing, the fitness...
It’s already February and many of you may still be finding yourself stretched after Christmas, so...
I’ve covered burnout, anxiety, even sleep, as issues to be able to deal with and overcome on...
This week, we're celebrating over one million listeners to the Real Health podcast.
Personal trainer, Dominic Munnelly, is back to answer more of your fitness and gym questions on this week’s episode of the Real Health podcast with me Karl Henry.
Marty Morrissey is one of Ireland’s best-loved TV personalities but there’s so much more to the GAA commentator that you probably never knew.
If you want to establish healthy habits into your life then make them simple and easy to implement.
Did you know about the eating plan that says you can stay in great shape physically and mentally while still enjoying delicious food?
If you're looking to lose some weight for the summer holidays or just want to feel better about your body, then this week's episode is for you as I give you the 10 REAL ways to lose weight.
She’s a best-selling author of two books, Owning It and The Confidence Kit, has a chart-topping podcast and is looking to crack the US with her brand of no-nonsense advice on living with anxiety and Caroline Foran is my guest on this week’s Real Health episode.
This week’s episode is all about your skin. Your skin? Yes, your skin, one of our vital health organs.
Dominic Munnelly is one of Ireland’s leading personal trainers with twenty years’ experience and a philosophy rooted in the athletic over the aesthetic focused on mobility and movement over abs and muscle.
RTE’s Claire Byrne joins me on this week’s episode of the Real Health podcast as we discuss the nerve-wracking decision to take the metabolic age test live on national TV, why she forces herself to keep trying new things, and how she struggles to fit running and fitness in with her busy family...
Best-selling author, screenwriter and playwright, Stefanie Preissner, has been called the voice of her generation, writing about issues of stress, anxiety and confidence for Irish 20-something females and she joins me on this week's Real Health podcast.
Here we are - what always seems like the longest month ever is now coming to an end. People get paid, those resolutions are just about still going and you are ready to get on with 2019.
Congratulations on surviving the first few weeks of January. But beware, this is when things start to get tough. Those resolutions begin to get harder, the motivation starts to wane and all of a sudden you're questioning yourself and why you thought you would do it in the first place. But stay strong. This week I've got some simple swaps to improve your health and even help you sleep a little better.
It’s January, you’re back to work, and while I’m sure you’ve made great plans and goals for 2019, what do you do if it all gets a bit too much for you? Between work, family, kids, fitness, it can be hard to fit it all in.
It's that classic time of year, when the January gym member emerges from the shadows, full of enthusiasm and vigour. Unfortunately, our New Year's resolutions can wear off quickly, often leaving you with a rather expensive direct debit that continues to come out of your account as your attendance reduces month-by-month. Sound familiar?
Another series of Operation Transformation has kicked off and I hope everyone watching gets some inspiration to make a change for the better in their lives.
It’s 2019, the start of the New Year and I’m sure you’ve got new goals and resolutions in mind. But how many of you see those great ideas and plans fade away by the end of January?
It’s been a few days since the presents were opened and the turkey and ham all eaten and I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas. With New Year fast approaching, I’m sure your thoughts have started to turn to plans and goals for 2019?
Only a few days to go before Santa will be making his way to your home and I hope you’ve all been good and been trying to keep up with some of your Christmas training plan as well.
Simon Harris, Minister for Health, joined me for a special pre-Christmas interview to discuss the health problems of the nation as well as talking about his own need for balance and healthy living to cope with the demands of being a government minister.
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, exercised more and taken a more sustainable approach to your health than ever before. I hope that it hasn't been too hard for you - those small changes are very much what I have aimed to achieve over the last four weeks. Small changes that are simple...
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 Christmas Survival Kit!
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.
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.
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.
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 you see, real health takes time, effort, patience, balance and above all else — trust and faith in yourself that you can do it.
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 journalist and blogger, Holly White, she became vegan four years ago and hasn't looked back since.
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 people strive for perfection on their road to health and that can often be their downfall, being hard on themselves when they don't hit each and every goal. The homework I give you each week is achievable but if you do your best and just tick the boxes...
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 kids are back in school and everyone's routine returns to normal. So it's no surprise that all of a sudden, we find our thoughts turning once again to thinking about our health and fitness.
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.
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.