Diet and Fitness

Why images of perfect post-baby bodies are not what new mums need

Ciara McDonnell delves into the booming world of postnatal exercise — and learns there’s a sensible way for women to shed the post-baby pounds.

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F45 Training is the fast way to burn fat and get results

WHEN it comes to getting fit, the last thing you want is to overcomplicate things, right?

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The shape I'm in: Thomas Barr, athlete

TOP Irish athlete Thomas Barr knows the value of staying the course, even when he doesn’t win. 

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Find out if a fitness tracker would benefit your health and deliver results

Fitness trackers have captured the public imagination with sales on the up and up. But do they deliver results, asks Lorraine Courtney.

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This free app means you can workout anytime, anywhere

This simple interval workout proves you don’t need to break the bank to break a sweat, says Amanda Khouv.

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The shape I'm in: Clara Rose Monahan, singer/songwriter

CLARA Rose Monahan is a woman of many parts. However, the golden thread uniting her many different roles is music.

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Going for gold: How to succeed like an Olympian

It’s all too easy to believe that the success of Olympians is due to their talent. But a US author and White House advisor says their achievements are earned through endless hours of practice. 

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This workout can help you emulate the prowess of your favourite athletes

IT only comes around every four years, but the buzz of the Olympic Games never fails to be more than enough to rev our fitness engines into gear.

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The shape I'm in: Hector Ó hEochagáin, broadcaster

BROADCASTER Hector Ó hEochagáin is on the move again to celebrate TG4’s 20th anniversary.

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Bikini boot camp: Get beach fit with this 10-day HIIT workout

Forget all-out dieting and get into some high-intensity interval training, writes Peta Bee.

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6 items you should cut out of your diet right now

EVERYTHING in moderation may be the go-to guideline for a good, balanced diet, but there are certain foods public health nutritionist and lifestyle consultant Yvonne Wake says she strictly avoids.

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The shape I'm in: Camille O'Sullivan, singer and musician

SINGER and musician Camille O’Sullivan goes all out on make-up and costumes for her exotic stage shows, but she wants her three-year-old daughter to have a different focus.

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The shape I'm in: Kate Taylor

Katie Taylor is living the dream. The lightweight boxing champion now has Rio firmly in her sights after qualifying for the games at the World Championships in Kazakhstan last month. “It’s a dream come true, everyone knows how much the Olympic Games mean to me and to have a chance to defend my title is an absolute honour,” she said shortly after the game-changing fight.

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10 ways to burn more fat

Want to get into shape this summer and blast those excess pounds? With some simple changes to your diet and fitness routine you can get results, fast

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The shape I'm in: Kirsteen O’Sullivan, TV3 presenter

TV3 presenter Kirsteen O’Sullivan is excited about Extra Time, the new football entertainment show she’s co-hosting during Euros season with Joe Molloy from Off The Ball.

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Freeletics could help you get fit without the fuss of going to the gym

Need an extra push? Freeletics could be your new personal trainer — and you don’t even need a gym.

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New Ministry of Sound  workouts can turbo-charge your exercise routines

Need a quick workout that gives results? Then try this offering from Ministry of Sound, says Amanda Khouv.

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The Shape I’m In: Michael Harding

AUTHOR and actor Michael Harding does not seek the solace of certainty.

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Rob's Cork City Marathon Blog Week 14 - Race day review

The Cork City Marathon truly brings out the best of Leeside.

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The 13 emotional states of a marathon

The 2016 Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon is almost upon us. Whether a novice or a seasoned marathoner it’s good to remind yourself what a unique emotional experience and mental battle a marathon can be. Robert McNamara talks you through the stages

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Lottie Ryan's pre-run workout for runners

Limber up before a run with our simple routine. It’ll help to boost your performance and to keep you injury free.

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Rob's Cork City Marathon Blog Week 13 - Tale of the taper

One week to go and you’re still standing. Well done.

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Try this surf-inspired workout for strength and toning

We can’t offer sun, sand and sea, but how about top-to-toe fitness?

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The shape I'm in: Sergiu Ciobanu, marathon runner and physical therapist

WHEN runner Sergiu Ciobanu landed in Ireland 10 years ago at the age of 22 he didn’t even know what language the people spoke. 

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Rob's Cork City Marathon Blog Week 12 - Your race day checklist

This week, we’re getting our packing done. Just like a holidayer on their way to somewhere exotic, we must ensure we have enough to get us through the duration of our trip.

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WEEK 6: Ciara McDonnell’s six-week weight loss programme comes to an end

Six weeks ago the team behind One Arena set Ciara McDonnell a fitness challenge. At the end of it all, she’s a whole stone and 12.5 inches lighter.

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How to get a sugar detox without the pain

Give your health an instant boost by cutting out the sweet stuff, says Peta Bee.

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Improve your cycling skills with this workout, designed to boost endurance and speed

IT doesn’t matter what level you’re at – training off the saddle should be just as much part of your preparation as putting in the cycling miles.

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The shape I'm in: Andrea Irvine, actress

ACTOR Andrea Irvine is near the end of a “marathon” shoot and can’t wait to cross the finish line. 

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Exercise should be about relieving stress and becoming more powerful, confident and strong

She’s been personal trainer to Nicole Scherzinger and a host of other celebrities. Now the woman behind the Icelandic fitness programme, The Viking Method is coming to Dublin. Rebecca Horan puts her regime to the test.

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WEEK 5: Ciara McDonnell's weight loss journey: The hunger games

It’s week five of Ciara McDonnell’s weight loss programme – and a wedding threatens to destroy her hard work over the past month.

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Rob's Cork City Marathon Blog Week 11 - Developing a clear race strategy

You can’t control the weather, illness and, to a certain extent, injury.

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Train to your full potential and get in shape with this workout

Want to work out like your favourite athlete? A new book could get you in the shape of your life.

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The shape I'm in: Bláthnaid Treacy, 2FM DJ and co-presenter of Two Tube

BLÁTHNAID Treacy fizzes with enthusiasm and energy. Right now, things couldn’t be better for the 2FM DJ and co-presenter of Two Tube on RTÉ Two.

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Rob's Cork City Marathon Blog Week 10 - Why the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon is a special race

If you’ve never taken part in the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon before this year, you’re in for a real treat. If you have, you’ll know know that it’s going to be a great day.

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Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon Runner of the week: Stephen Rooney

Each week we profile one of the runners taking part in the ‘Irish Examiner’ Cork City Marathon this June

 

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WEEK 4: Ciara McDonnell's weight loss journey

Eating properly before exercise is half the battle, a lesson Ciara McDonnell learned the hard way on week four of her six-week weight loss plan.

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Sugar fix: Curbing your need for the white stuff

You could spend a fortune on anti-ageing creams, but really the trick might be as simple as giving up sugar, writes Beauty Editor Rachel Marie Walsh.

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Put a spring in your step with this workout for runners

Say goodbye to niggling injuries with this conditioning workout just for runners, says Amanda Khouv.

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The shape I'm in: Tracy Piggott, RTÉ sports presenter

EARLY every morning Tracy Piggott climbs onto her horse and rides out across the flat, lush plains of Co Kildare.

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Rob's Cork City Marathon Blog Week 9 - The wonderful moment when everything clicks into place

Let’s not kid ourselves here. Running is hard.

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WEEK 3: 6 week weight loss plan: The week when it clicked into place

It’s week three of Ciara McDonnell’s weight loss plan. She dropped two dress sizes – and she’s loving it.

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It's simple to work out at home with the help of online yoga tutorials

Lorraine Courtney twists and bends with the best of the yoga vloggers.

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Check out this hot new yoga workout for your next cardio fix

THOSE of us who find cardio a chore are constantly looking for exciting new ways to get fit.

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Ageing with attitude: Nothing stops you but your own thinking

Best known for her role in Mrs Brown’s Boys, Eilish O’Carroll is enjoying a new lease of life in her 60s as she embraces her past heartaches and sexuality, says Margaret Jennings.

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Shape I'm in: Don Baker, musician and actor

DON Baker does not believe in self-pity, even though he has every reason to feel sorry for himself following the cruel treatment he experienced as a young boy in a reformatory school.

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Rob's Cork City Marathon Blog Week 8 - How to make your long runs more comfortable

The Irish Examiner Cork City marathon is drawing ever nearer and I’m sure everyone hoping to take part is upping their training distances.

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WEEK 2: 6 week weight loss plan: 'Week two is the week that broke me'

Ciara McDonnell is on week two of their six-week weight loss plan – and it hasn’t been easy.

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The shape I'm in: Deirdre O'Kane, comedian and actress

WITH most of life’s big decisions, something’s got to give. 

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Rob's Cork City Marathon Blog Week 7 - Your family and friends are an essential part of your marathon team

Let me take you back to the 2013 Great Limerick Run. I was fit, I was ready and I was determined to run a sub-four marathon.

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WEEK 1: 6 week weight loss plan: Meet the men on a mission to make you fit

Ciara McDonnell puts the One Arena plan to the test for six weeks - just in time for summer.

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The simple seven day workout programme that gets results

Feel like you’re always working out but not getting the results? This is the workout you’ve been searching for… 

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The shape I'm in: Rob Kearney, Ireland rugby player

WHEN Rob Kearney talks about what he eats, it’s all about nutrients, carbs and proteins, consuming the best fuel for the best results on the pitch. 

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Rob's Cork City Marathon Blog Week 6 - Eat, exercise, rest, repeat

There’s lots of advice out there about what to do when you’re running but what about when you’re not out on the road pounding concrete into submission?

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Kathryn Thomas sets her sights on the nation’s fitness with Pure Results bootcamp

Operation Transformation presenter Kathryn Thomas talks to Deirdre Reynolds about sleepless nights, spreadsheets and her new fitness bootcamps.

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The shape I'm in: Paddy Andrews, GAA player

BULKING up is no longer a priority for elite GAA players who are now more focussed on speed and flexibility. 

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Prone to injury? Add these pilate moves to your fitness routine

IT’S no mystery why Pilates is so popular — from the classic mat workout to the slightly more evolved reformer version.

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Rob's Cork City Marathon Blog Week 5 - How running benefits my mental health

Are we at week 5 already? The start line tape is getting closer and I’m glad to report that it looks like I’ll be there alongside you.

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Check out the Sworkit fitness app for a free workout

If neither time nor money are things you can afford to part with, this fitness app will help you make it ‘Swork’.

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The shape I'm in: Clelia Murphy, actress

FAIR City’s Clelia Murphy may not be prone to tears in real life but she knows what it takes to make her cry on screen.

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Rob's Cork City Marathon Blog Week 4 - How to deal with nosy questions about your time target

Runners are the most supportive group of sports people you will come across.

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POLL: Knocking back energy drinks after exercise could lead to health problems

ENERGY and sports drinks, we are told, boost our energy levels, stimulate our minds and enhance our physical performance. Not everyone agrees. 

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Want to upgrade your detox? Try this cleansing yoga sequence for impressive results

YOGA wears many hats – from increasing flexibility to boosting relaxation.

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The shape I'm in: Kevin McGahern, TV presenter

FIRSTLY, we had Navan man now it’s Cavan man. Kevin McGahern is pulling on the comedy jersey for his county, but he’s not about to go all nostalgic about the home turf.

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Rob's Cork City Marathon Blog Week 3 - How a post-it note can be your most valued training item

I hope your training for the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon is going really well.

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Shed those extra pounds with this high-intensity workout

Your weight could be the key to warding off brain cancer— so start moving and shed those extra pounds.

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The shape I'm in: Fiona Coughlan, former Ireland rugby player

FIONA COUHGLAN, the former caption of the Irish women’s rugby team, is all too aware of the forces that can make or break sport: “money and media”.

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Rob's Cork City Marathon Blog Week 2 - Training plans are great, but not gospel

There are 12 weeks to go to the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon.

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Nuts can be a beneficial part of your everyday diet

Are nuts a helpful part of a healthy diet or an unhealthy hindrance? Health and lifestyle blogger Claire Jackson talked to us about where nuts fit in with a healthy lifestyle.

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Padraig Harrington battled with high cholesterol but is back on track after changing his diet

Padraig Harrington couldn’t be more different from the traditional Irish male. At the first sign of illness he visits a doctor, says Clodagh Finn.

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This new ballet-inspired workout will get you strong and tone your tush

NOTHING’S going to get you a ballerina’s body quite like a class inspired by ballet itself.

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The shape I'm in: Sean Gallagher, businessman

Sean Gallagher loves desserts — anything with a biscuit base with ice cream and chocolate sauce.

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Rob’s Cork City Marathon Blog: Week 1 - Slowly, slowly catchy medal

Welcome back! Has it really been nearly a whole year since that wet and windy day last June?

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Head to the park and top up on your vitamin D levels with this workout

Fresh air can do you good and taking your sweat session out into the sunshine is far more appealing now that spring has finally arrived.

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The Shape I'm In: Michael Murphy, psychoanalyst

Psychoanalyst Michael Murphy is not afraid to address the abuse he experienced in his own childhood. 

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These 10 superfoods are nutritious and delicious

We’ve all heard the hype about chia seeds and goji berries.

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The shape I'm in: Valerie O’Connor, actress

ACTRESS Valerie O’Connor couldn’t be happier. The rain is beating down but she is tucked up in bed in the middle of the day with her beloved dog Gozo curled up beside her. 

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Push yourself to the next level with this new toning kettlebell programme

IF your kettlebell training doesn’t stretch much further than a few swings or farmer’s walks, then this new Primal Bell Workout Programme might be just what the doctor ordered.

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