Diet and Fitness

Look after your curves this Christmas with this simple workout

Whatever the style of your fave LBD this party season, one thing’s for sure: curves are a girl’s best accessory. 

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Shape I’m In: Maura O’Connell, musician

THOUGH a legend in folk music circles on both sides of the Atlantic, singer Maura O’Connell was “thrilled” to accept a minor role in the Martin Scorsese’s award-winning Gangs of New York in 2002.

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Staying trim during the festive season

HOLD on to your hat. The festive roller-coaster is about to whisk you away on a bone-rattling ride through a calorific minefield spiked with more random acts of over-indulgence than you can shake a stick at.

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Festive bites: Top 8 Mince Pies

THIS year’s trawl of the shops and markets unearthed a few new mince pies which I’m delighted to report were worth the journey.

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Get fit with this speedy workout

Strapped for time? Cutting back your weights routine is the last thing you want to do — it’ll only mean trimming your results. 

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Majella O'Donnell

Shape I’m In: Majella O’Donnell

Majella O’Donnell is still catching up with herself. First there was the shock of the breast cancer diagnosis in 2013. 

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Dr Aoife Ryan

Eat your way back to wellness

IF YOU find yourself battling to eat less, then count yourself lucky. The 35,000 Irish people who are diagnosed with cancer each year often struggle to eat at all.

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Boost your stability with this single-leg exercise routine

Try these exercises to boost stability and improve balance.

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Shape I'm In: Oh me oh Maia Dunphy

TV presenter and producer Maia Dunphy is a woman who knows what she wants. 

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Stretch it out with yoga

While running is great for outdoor aerobic fitness, striking some yoga poses at home brings extra balance.

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Food to lift your mood

The maxim ‘you are what you eat’ takes on new meaning when we consider how our diet affects our emotions. Peta Bee looks at how scientific research supports this belief.

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Top eight recipes books for Christmas

THERE’S never any shortage of cookbooks at this time of year. Publishers know they make great gifts, as do those who give gifts they want to last.

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Shape I’m In: Emma O’Reilly

Emma O’Reilly’s book, The Race To Truth – Blowing The Whistle On Lance Armstrong And Cycling’s Doping Culture, has been short-listed for Sports Book of the Year in the Irish Book Awards.

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The Paleo diet explained

WHO’S to say exactly what Stone Age caveman (and cavewoman) had on their Paleolithic plates. 

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Jamie’s abs have ensured continuing rise of indoor climbing

If indoor rock climbing is what gets heartthrob Jamie Dornan his fab abs, then many will follow. Áilín Quinlan does some of the research

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Shape I’m In: Alan Foley

ALL Alan Foley ever wanted to do was to dance. 

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Quiche survey: Top 8 tested

USUALLY a pastry case filled with eggs and cream, a quiche can have just about any savoury filling in it. 

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Shape I’m In: Marty Morrissey

SITTING on the sidelines of a packed Croke Park on August 31, RTÈ presenter Marty Morrissey took his double ice-bucket challenge like a good sport. 

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This workout is on the ball

It’s all very well trying out the latest weird and wacky bits of kit in a bid to keep your body guessing. But the traditional dumbbells, barbell and medicine ball have stood the test of time for a reason. 

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Get a total-body makeover

Want to knock fat burn and fitness out of the ball park? Try a high-intensity workout using the Ugi ball. 

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Idle hands can make good food

THERE is no shame in being lazy in the kitchen.

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Nutritional treats that are frightfully good

IT’S no trick – these Halloween-inspired favourites are a nutritional treat. And they might help to keep your sugar cravings at bay, especially if the house is packed with bewitching sweets for the children.

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Shape I’m In: Oliver Callan, comedian

COMEDIAN Oliver Callan doesn’t lose sleep about the Irish public figures and celebrities he skewers on his weekly satirical RTÉ radio show, Callan’s Kicks.

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Get a perfect 10 body

No gym? No time? No kit? No problem! This 10-minute workout will still help you get fit and burn fat.

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Top 8 bracks put to the taste test

WINTER may have landed on us straight from summer, but the arrival of bracks in the shops brings a lovely autumnal glow.

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Why Karen Koster is blooming healthy

Exposé presenter Karen Koster is seven months into her pregnancy and is watching her diet carefully on behalf of her “new tenant”. She talks to Clodagh Finn.

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Shape I’m In: Why Francis Brennan has no time to worry

A penguin evening jacket was the inspiration for hotelier Francis Brennan’s career. 

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Probiotics: there’s more to it than gut instinct

EVERY human gut contains trillions of bacteria: it’s a startling figure, but here’s another that is just as arresting — the probiotic market, aimed at maintaining a healthy gut, is worth a whopping €25 billion worldwide. 

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Shape I’m In: Jacinta Whyte

ACTRESS and singer, Jacinta Whyte, says there is not enough work in Ireland for young people to build a career in musical theatre. 

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Facing up to this year’s new foundations

A KEY component of autumn’s ’no make-up’ make-up trend is a flawless complexion, and right on time, a ton of the big beauty brands have unveiled their latest foundation formulations. 

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Work off that excess post holiday baggage with this high intensity workout

Amanda Khouv  puts together this high-intensity circuit that’s guaranteed to burn calories and torch fat and which is perfect for a post-holiday blitz. 

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How to get killer nails this autumn

Take your cue from the catwalks with this season’s nail trends. Katie Wright shows you how to polish up your autumn look.

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Shape I’m In: Caroline Morahan

TV presenter Caroline Morahan is proud to be Irish but there’s one thing she is happy to embrace about her life in LA: alcohol awareness.

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Shape up your shoulder in four easy steps

Transform your upper body by sculpting your shoulders in minutes, says Amanda Khouv. 

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The Shape I’m In: Jamie Heaslip

SCROLL down through Jamie Heaslip’s Twitter page and you’ll see a shot of his man brunch: double eggs, sunny side up over a mountain of diced beetroot and roast swede. 

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Good food for kids made from crumbs

SINCE you had children, has cooking changed? Sisters Claire and Lucy McDonald pose a question that will resonate with many parents.

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8 streaky rashers put to the taste test

STREAKY rashers are an excellent standby to rustle up an easy meal and will lift all sorts of dishes.

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Shape I’m In: Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin

SCIENCE is where it’s all at for former Rose of Tralee Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin. 

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Get fit with ZUU and train like an animal

Get in touch with your inner primate for some serious strength and fitness benefits to suit all levels.

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Ready, steady cook with Neven Maguire

TAKE out your stopwatch and try the following experiment: phone in your favourite takeaway order and wait for it to arrive.

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Obesity link to artificial sweeteners

Sugar-free sweeteners could increase glucose intolerance and diabetes risk by affecting bacteria in the gut, a study has suggested.

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Perk of the day - ground coffee put to the taste test

THERE are plenty of good cafés in Ireland and they have given us a taste for good home brews. 

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Alison Comyn: "I've never been more at ease with myself"

AT THE age of 14, Alison Comyn cycled every day to Bettystown beach during to summer to work in a newsagents, “pulling ice creams so I could have my own money”.

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Derval O’Rourke reveals her fuel for body and mind

THE 2004 Greek Olympics was a “wake-up call” for Derval O’Rourke. A bout of severe food poisoning and appendicitus meant she was in hospital for six days just four weeks before the games. Doctors’ advice was to remove her appendix, skip the games, and recover.

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Rosanna Davison: The Shape I’m In

IT’S not unusual for top Irish model Rosanna Davison to wake up in the morning to find two males in her bed — her husband Wesley Quirke and their pet dog Ted.

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On course to shift that weight gain

THERE’S a clever adage that describes middle age as the time when your broad mind and your narrow waist trade places.

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Simple calorie savers

A NEW survey, from Evoke.ie, shows the average adult munches their way through 3,440 calories every day. This is nearly 10,000 more calories a week than we need.

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Undo summer indulgence with 2 moves in 4 minutes

If you worked your butt off to get your bikini body, but treated yourself just a little too much on holiday, fear not. 

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Top 8 cereal bars: A fast fuel fix

Fuel your child for a high-energy day at school with the right foods.

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Shape I’m In: Angeline Ball, TV cook

SINGER, actress and more recently TV cook, Angeline Ball is a woman of many parts. 

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Moves to a flat belly

A toned stomach is what every woman wants, right? You can soon have one, too, says Amanda Khouv.

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Food focus: Tennis star Novak Djokovic claims eliminating gluten from his diet made him clearer in mind and spirit.

Going against the grain and banishing gluten from your diet

WORLD tennis number one Novak Djokovic is a man who knows a lot about discipline. 

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Shape I’m In: Valerie Mulcahy puts best foot forward

DURING the recent public outpouring about a sexist (or sexy depending on your viewpoint) article on women’s rugby, Cork GAA star player Valerie Mulcahy refused to be drawn into the drama.

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Shape I’m In: John Creedon

IF John Creedon was a weather condition, he would probably be described as a warm, westerly breeze coming in from the Atlantic. And it blows through all aspects of his world - work and play.

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Top 8 tomato ketchup tested

KETCHUP originated in the East as a type of spicy sauce often made with soya, but today it usually means any kind of vinegar-based accompaniment for food. 

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Change your body

HANDS up if you’d like the sleek and slender silhouette of a ballet dancer? Yes, you and just about everyone else.

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High notes

CREATIVITY is my greatest joy — it’s something I inherited from my mother," says legendary songwriter and singer Jimmy MacCarthy.

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Safe smoking

CHOMPING into juicy burgers at summer barbecues, few people will spare a thought for the health risks of al fresco dining.

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Many women are defying their age and embracing their looks

IT’S obviously a First World problem — but within the context we live in, continually bombarded by mass media “anti-ageing” messages, how do we deal with the loss of our youthful looks as we still live on for decades afterwards?

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Shape I’m In: Paul Linehan, Frank & Walters

PAUL Linehan, lead singer with the enduring Cork band the Frank & Walters, is in creative mode. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Work that booty: Your guide to a bikini-perfect behind

Put your bottom at the top of your workout priorities for a bikini-perfect behind.

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Planning ahead: Malcolm O'Kelly talks life after retirement

WHEN Malcolm O’Kelly, 40, retired from international rugby in 2010, he had no clear career plans in place.

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Dining al desko: Could eating lunch at your desk make you fat?

THERE’S a good reason the word wizards took the phrase ‘dining al fresco’ and turned it into the rather ugly ‘dining al desko’ — an estimated 63% of Irish workers eat lunch at their desks.

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