Diet and Fitness

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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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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VIDEO: 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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Relax, stretch and beat the stress with these 5 yoga postures

By deepening your breathing, the ancient form of exercise helps you to slow down.

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The Shape I'm In: Pippa O'Connor, fashion and beauty blogger

IT’S the tail end of Friday afternoon and just hours before Pippa O’Connor is due to appear on the Late Late Show. 

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The split squat: Exercise to fine-tune your balance

Want to fine-tune your control and balance? Get down to it with this single-leg move    

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Leinster's Dave Kearney makes a pitch for healthy eating

THE thrill of winning is a feeling that professional rugby player Dave Kearney says he can’t quite explain, but it’s one that drives him to do all he can to stay in peak physical condition.

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The shape I'm In: Ellen Cranitch

THOUGH she trained as a classical flautist, Ellen Cranitch’s taste in music crosses all genres. Her late-night radio programme on Lyric FM runs the gamut from modern to folk, blues to opera and yes, classical. It’s a rich blend that keeps you coming back for more.

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Exercises to get the perfect flat tum

You’ll need all your strength for this class, which pushes you to the max every time, says Amanda Khouv

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The Shape I'm In: Leona Maguire

TOP amateur golfer Leona Maguire has her sights set firmly on the Olympics in Rio this summer. Her timing couldn’t be better: it’s the first time golf has been included as an Olympic sport since 1904.

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Could the kettlebell be the new gym craze you need in your life?

A new gym craze? Well, the Russian army has been using kettlebells for years and they could revolutionise your workouts.   

 

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Four celebrity diets to avoid if want to lose weight

Lisa Salmon skewers four eating regimes linked to high-profile people that may hinder rather than help you to lose weight

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Exercises to boost your cardio

Cardio isn’t just good for your overall fitness, it also helps to ward off diabetes, says Amanda Khouv 

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The Shape I’m In: Claire Tracey

BETWEEN high-profile modelling contracts, presenting a reality TV series on RTE2, and starring opposite Pierce Brosnan in a new thriller movie, life couldn’t be fuller for Claire Tracey.

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Skip the gym and start walking to boost your health

It’s vital to put your best foot forward, says Lisa Salmon

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The Shape I'm In: Dustin The Turkey

YOU can’t print that,” says Dustin. And he’s right. Whether he’s slagging off celebrities or revealing his fantasies about Irish models, the cheeky turkey loves to flex his wings and push the boundaries, showing little mercy for his prey.

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Exercises you can do at home that will warm you up this winter

You don’t even need to leave the house to get your sweat on with this routine, says Amanda Khouv

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