Diet and Fitness

Spread a little happiness with the good vibes you get from exercise

WE’RE already clued up about the benefits of the awesome endorphins produced during exercise: those happy hormones that give us that ‘high as a kite’ feeling after a workout.

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The shape I’m in: Laura Woods, TV presenter

LAURA WOODS may well be one of Ireland’s most familiar TV presenters, but she says motherhood is her “best role to date”.

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Tone up your tummy with these three simple moves

ROCKING a bikini on the beach or working your way through that crop-top collection?

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Tips on making up a healthy school lunch for your little ones

HERE’S a little maths question to get you into training for the upcoming back-to-school season: if an Irish 14-year-old boy weighed, on average, 37kg in 1948, how much does he weigh today?

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The shape I’m in: Midge Ure, singer-songwriter

HE has a string of hits to his name but Scottish singer-songwriter Midge Ure couldn’t be less interested in the hype about being a star. 

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The shape I'm in: Dublin footballer Ciaran Kilkenny

Dublin footballer Ciaran Kilkenny talks health, fitness and life at 22.

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Six-step water-free workout

Whether you’re training for a triathlon or just looking to improve your power in the pool, it’s not only actual swim practice that’ll help you get there.

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Get both sunshine and exercise with this park workout

No need to choose between sunshine and exercise. Get both in one hit with the super-speedy park workout.

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The shape I’m in: Mark English, athlete

TOP Irish athlete Mark English has few illusions about his sport of choice.

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These explosive jumping exercises will improve knee function and fitness

You say, ‘how high?’ Well, as high as you can! Get explosive to improve your health by leaps and bounds.  

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Muscle in on the online fitness craze

Tanya Sweeney looks at ‘fitspo’, a new beauty craze that claims to empower its followers but may just be an alternative form of body fascism.

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Practice yoga for a healthy heart

Want to keep your heart healthy, but not a fan of traditional cardio workouts? According to new research, practising yoga might just be the answer.

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The shape I’m in: Liz O’Donnell, chairwoman for the Road Safety Authority

LIZ O’DONNELL says she’s enjoying her “very challenging” role as chairwoman of the Road Safety Authority. 

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How juicing helps Diet Coke man stay in shape

Lydia Slater is disappointed that the Diet Coke hunk Andrew Cooper kept his shirt on but is won over by his juicing ethos and the obvious physical benefits that come with it.

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Get totally toned with this Pilates workout

Firm up those jiggly bits ahead of your holidays with this total-body Pilates workout — no studio required, says Amanda Khouv. 

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The Shape I’m In: Rita Talty Ó Sé, New Jersey Rose

EVERY day is a school day — so says Rita Talty Ó Sé, wife of Today host Daithí Ó Sé, about her experience of motherhood.

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How to get your beach body the right way

Follow our Bikini Bootcamp programme, based on cutting-edge science, to get a lean beach body — fast. But be prepared to sweat a little, writes Peta Bee.

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How to eat yourself healthy

DO you want to hear the good news?” asks naturopathic nutritionist Debbie Shaw.

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3rd Age: Hugh O’Donovan signs lead to the road less travelled

Margaret Jennings hears about one man’s walk, just before his 60th birthday, from Mizen Head to Malin Head and what he learned about himself along the way.

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The Shape I’m In: Nikki Hayes

DJ Nikki Hayes accepts anorexia is part of who she is. “I suffered with anorexia when I was younger, so it’s is a little bit like being an alcoholic, you always have anorexia,” says the 36-year-old.

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Get in and out of the gym quicker than you can say ‘beach body’

ONLY got a little time to dedicate to working out? Don’t worry! But to make sure you’re making the most of your time, it’s important to keep the intensity high.

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The shape I’m in: Eoin Colfer, children’s laureate

EOIN Colfer is on sabbatical in Dublin with his family. They moved from Wexford town to Monkstown a few months ago and, from cafes to theatres, are loving life in the big city.

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20 tips on how to get fit and look younger

It’s not necessary for men to pound the tarmac or starve themselves to shed weight when they hit their middle years. 

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Take your workouts outdoors today

Take your workouts outdoors for a dose of fresh air and some much-needed vitamin D, says Amanda Khouv.

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The shape I’m in: Judi Curtin, author

FOR some change comes with a significant birthday or the new year but Judi Curtin waited for the millennium before she decided to start writing novels for children.

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The shape I’m in: Síle Seoige, broadcaster

BROADCASTER Síle Seoige is philosophical about what life has thrown at her. 

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The shape I’m in: Garry Cohn and Aoife Rhattigan

LIKE butter on hot toast or cream with just-baked apple tart, some partnerships work perfectly together. 

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Stay slim by staying calm

Doing everything you can to get a flat tum? Taking a relaxed approach could be the answer.

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Rob’s Cork City Marathon Blog: The aftermath

Well, that was really something wasn’t it? This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Get your heart pumping with high-intensity moves

Want to raise your heart rate? Add these high-intensity moves to your next workout, says Amanda Khouv.

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VIDEO: Gym buddies: Meet Robbie Williams’ Irish trainer

Jamie Myerscough was given the job of getting Robbie Williams back into shape for his new world tour, writes Peta Bee.

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The shape I’m in: Christina McMahon

Christina McMahon is Ireland’s newest world boxing champion after winning the WBC World Interim Female Bantamweight earlier this month.

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Yes you can - marathons come down to willpower

Robert McNamara says a little bit of willpower goes a long way.

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Rob’s Cork City Marathon blog: Week 10 - Race day is nearly here

So here we are. Just six days away from the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon.

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Rob’s Cork City Marathon blog: Week 9 - Break down the task at hand

It’s a massive task to run a marathon, a half-marathon and even a leg of the relay depending on your fitness.

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The Shape I’m In: June Rodgers

JUNE RODGERS celebrates 25 years in the entertainment industry this year with her nationwide tour, ‘In the Merry Month of June’.

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Mentally preparing yourself to run a marathon

THE Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon is a physical battle but the mind plays a huge part also. If you tell yourself something enough times you’ll start to believe it.

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4 moves to help you get hot legs for the summer

Celebrating summer by stepping out in a skirt? Dare to bare those legs with this pin-perfecting workout.

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Robert McNamara says training is punishing, but also energising

IN training for the Irish Examiner Cork City marathon, my body has taken severe punishment to be fit enough to run non-stop for four hours.

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Shape I’m In: Aisling O’Loughlin, TV3 Exposé presenter

TV3 Exposé presenter Aisling O’Loughlin says motherhood has been defining for her. 

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Rob’s Cork City Marathon blog: Week 8 - Staying positive when fatigue creeps in

I’m currently battling fatigue and it’s beating me. I won’t let it win though.

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VIDEO: The waist trainer arrives in Ireland

The latest tool to help women achieve the perfect hour-glass figure is the waist trainer, made popular by Kim Kardashian. Deirdre Reynolds tests it out.

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Whatever you do for breakfast, just make sure you don’t skip it

GRABBING breakfast on the go, or missing it in the mad morning rush, is common.

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Robert McNamara explains his need to just keep running

The Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon is just a few weeks away and all over the country runners, like myself, are putting in the hard miles. 

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The Shape I’m In: Keith Barry, magician

KEITH BARRY’S new hypnotic show, You’re Back in the Room, got massive ratings from when it premiered on TV3 in March. 

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Rob’s Cork City Marathon blog: Week 7 - Getting your race strategy right

With your training nearing its peak in the next couple of weeks, it’s time to think about a strategy for race day, writes Robert McNamara

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How to beat sugar addiction

YOU know the drill. You’ve been on a diet for a fortnight, but all you’ve lost is 14 days.

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The shape I’m In: Simon Zebo, rugby player

THIS Sunday, runners of all abilities will gather in to run the Irish race of the Wings for Life World Run. 

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Rob’s Cork City Marathon blog: Week 6 - The essential items you need on race day

Robert McNamara lists the essential items you need at the start and finish lines on race day. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Has your progress in the gym come to a standstill?

Push on through with this high-intensity workout upgrade, says Amanda Khouv.

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Top 8 takeaway salads tested

BENCHES outside shops; tables and chairs outside cafés and bars, filled not just with smokers — and we know summer is here. It’s salad time!

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Shape I’m In: Nadia Forde

TONIGHT sees the third episode of Nadia: Chasing The Dream’, a new four-part series that follows model-turned-singer-turned-TV star Nadia Forde as she tries to make it in the music industry.

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Rob’s Cork City Marathon Blog: Week 5 - The 13 emotional states you go through during a marathon

If the 2015 Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon is your first ever full-distance race then you’ll need to know what to expect on race day. Even if you’re a seasoned marathoner it’s good to remind yourself what a unique emotional experience and mental battle it can be, writes Robert McNamara This story is enriched with multi-media content

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The workout designed for a muddy obstacle course

Taking on a muddy obstacle course this year? We get you race-day ready with this awesome workout, writes Amanda Khouv.

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Shape I’m in: Sarah Morrissey

FORMER Miss Ireland Sarah Morrissey might not have become a model if her mum hadn’t sent a photo of her to Assets Models Agency.

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15 minutes to great health

Do this quick, but effective, workout every day and it could keep you disease free, says Amanda Khouv.

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Shape I’m in: Seán Moncrieff

SEÁN MONCRIEFF has presented the afternoon show on Newstalk for over 10 years.

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Rob’s Cork City Marathon Blog: Week 3 – Dealing with injuries and motivating yourself

As the weeks disappear and your training becomes more intense for the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon, injuries and illness are bound to hold you back. The quickest way to getting back on the road is resting and taking care of your body, writes Robert McNamara.

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Take your running to the next level with this programme

BELIEVE it or not, increasing your distance isn’t all about clocking up the miles.

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