Episodes
My guest for this week’s Real Health wants to help you with what’s holding you back in life. Owen O’Kane is a psychotherapist, former NHS Clinical Lead and best-selling author who takes me through the ten tips that he says will not just make you happier, but ten times happier in yourself. From letting go of the past, having no regrets and stopping over-thinking, Owen explains that, ‘it’s about being comfortable in your own skin, being comfortable with your life. The more you can be present...
Published 09/17/20
As we deal with a lot of uncertainty with regards to the future, it’s important to learn more about our minds and how to keep them fit and healthy and so for this week’s Real Health I’m focusing on the importance of mind over matter and why having the right mindset really can make all the difference in living a healthy life. Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Niamh Connolly, of TheMindGym.ie, joins me with some invaluable insights and advice on dealing with uncertainty, developing your mind...
Published 09/10/20
What if being lucky was a skill you could master? Can you create smart luck and even make ‘accidents’ more meaningful? Wouldn’t this be something that you’d try and develop to enrich your life? This week’s Real Health episode finds out about how you can develop this skill with Christian Busch, Director of the Global Economy programme at NYU and author of ‘The Serendipity Mindset: The Art & Science of Creating Good Luck’. Christian explains exactly what serendipity is and why some...
Published 09/03/20
It’s hard to believe, but September is only days away one of the strangest of summers is coming to an end. It’s also back to school time and it’s probably one of the most fraught and nerve-wracking returns to school that we have seen with Covid cases on the rise and no end in sight to the pandemic. So, with an increase in cases, the fall-out from Golfgate and people adhering to government measures, as well as parents’ worries about school, I wanted to address many of the concerns Real...
Published 08/27/20
It’s been an incredibly tough couple of months and with the summer coming to an end and schools returning, people are looking to get their lives back on track – or at least trying to. On this week’s Real Health episode, with some great tips and advice, I’m joined by broadcaster and performance coach, Anna Geary. Anna talks to me about the difference between self-love and also being prepared to challenge yourself to tackle those parts of your body and personality that you want to improve;...
Published 08/20/20
For this week’s show we’re going on a bit of a scientific adventure into a lost art and science. We do it 25,000 times a day without being aware of it or even asking if we’re doing it the right way or can do it better. What am I talking about? Breathing of course, and how many of you would think that we’ve in fact lost the ability to breathe quickly? My guest, James Nestor, is a writer and journalist whose book ‘Breath’ has just been released, and he tells me that if you want to be truly...
Published 08/13/20
If you had a second chance at life, what would you do differently? For this week’s Real Health, I speak to Brian Pennie, who says he shouldn’t be alive today. With a drug addiction so bad that he was deemed too much of a risk for detox, he was determined to confront his demons and he went cold turkey at home which is when his life truly began. After 15 years of chronic heroin addiction, he was finally clean and he discovered that he had a second chance at life. In his book, Bonus Time,...
Published 08/06/20
For this week’s Real Health, I’m joined by someone who seemed to have it all. She was a model and TV and radio presenter but then decided to leave it all behind to backpack around the world for two years. In that time, only by leaving it all behind did she find true freedom and happiness which she has now chronicled in her best-selling debut book, Jump. Daniella Moyles spoke to me about finding your true, authentic self, why we hide behind so many masks in our daily lives and why...
Published 07/30/20
This week’s episode of Real Health is a short one but in just ten minutes I give you ten simple life swaps that will transform your health. From your health to your sleep, energy and life overall, I’m giving you ten suggestions of ten things you can easily swap from your life. Do one, a few, or even all ten but I promise you will find they make a huge difference in your life. Stay healthy and safe and keep in touch with me for daily postings on Instagram and Twitter @KarlHenryPT. Don’t...
Published 07/23/20
Competitive freediving champion, Claire Walsh, joins me on this week’s Real Health to talk about breathing techniques and how it can improve your wellness and even enhance performance. Claire can hold her breath under water for 5m59 seconds diving to a depth of 60m – the equivalent of the height of Dublin’s Liberty Hall – and she tells me why she decided to give up the day job to concentrate full time on freediving and she explains some of the breathing exercises you can use at any time...
Published 07/16/20
The topic for this week’s Real Health is one that I’m sure affects so many of you out there. You might be eating well and exercising regularly but…..do you still get afflicted with the late night nibbles, the bedtime munchies or evening snack time pangs? You’d be surprised just how many people out there reach for their favourite crackers, crisps, biscuits, whatever it is! But today’s episode is going to look at ways of beating that habit as well as finding out how to eat well with our...
Published 07/09/20
With the summer upon us and lockdown restrictions easing, maybe now you can start to look to the future with more hope and optimism? For this week’s Real Health episode, my guest, Miriam Hussey, is an integrated health expert, yoga practitioner and wellness coach and joins me to help guide you through how to make the most of your life in the weeks, months and years ahead. Miriam has great advice on living a life of ease and less stress going forwards post-lockdown but is also upfront about...
Published 07/02/20
For this week’s show I’m discussing the issue of stubborn belly fat and how to lose it. It’s a question that always come up with clients, listeners and followers on social media wanting to know the sure-fire way to get rid of this fat. While you may be eating healthily and exercising regularly, do you find the tummy bulge just won’t go away? Brian Keane is qualified personal trainer, sports nutritionist, strength and conditioning coach and host of the popular Brian Keane podcast and joins...
Published 06/25/20
With groups of up to fifteen now able to train outdoors, I thought it would be a good time to speak to a physiotherapist about some of the more common injuries that might be expected - and more importantly, how to avoid them. Lauren Guilfoyle is a sports physio who also works with Tipperary GAA and she joins me on this week’s episode to tell me more about the dangers of over-loading in training and the need to give your body time to adapt to new training. Plus she also answers some of the...
Published 06/18/20
With the Covid restrictions beginning to ease, I wanted to find out what the future of gyms in Ireland will look like and how they will be operating in phase 4 of the opening up of the country. Conn McCluskey is CEO of Ireland Active, the national association for the leisure, health and fitness sector and he joined me on this week’s Real Health to give some more information on what gym users can expect when Ireland’s gyms start opening up again during the summer. Stay healthy and safe and...
Published 06/11/20
For this week’s episode, I’m responding to the volume of questions I’ve received recently from listeners wanting to know how to shift those Covid kilos that we’ve all been putting on due to the lockdown. We’ve been eating and drinking more and for most people, not moving as much as we usually would. So, how to get yourself back on track and lose that extra weight? I’ve got some really simple and easy tips for you explaining how to do it properly that will make a real difference. From...
Published 06/04/20
This week’s guest, performance coach, Gerry Hussey, is someone I just had to bring back. His previous appearance with me, when we discussed mindset and attitude to life, was so popular that we knew he had to come back for more insights – and especially now more than ever before. On this episode of Real Health, Gerry wants people to realise that, while we may be in difficult situations, it is our response to the situation that will determine the outcome. To make the most of our lives we...
Published 05/28/20
With garden centres re-opening this week, there’s no better time to get out into your garden, if you have one, to enjoy the outdoors and get in some green-fingered mindfulness. I’ve interviewed guests about positivity, meditation and mindset since the lockdown began and my guest this week is Diarmuid Gavin, the broadcaster, author, designer and gardener extraordinaire. It’s a fascinating interview with Diarmuid who reflects that this is the first time he has been at home so much in...
Published 05/21/20
Although lockdown restrictions are starting to ease, the uncertainty over the coming weeks and months is still going to be a stressful time for us all, so I wanted to bring some more light, humour and positivity into your week – as well as some practical exercises to help deal with the ongoing situation. And who better than comedian, broadcaster, TodayFM presenter and meditation teacher, Dermot Whelan? Last year I spoke to Dermot about how he embraced meditation to help deal with the...
Published 05/14/20
As you know, the Real Health show is all about practical advice and information that makes healthy living real and long-term and I’m delighted to say my guest this week is the best example of this. Jennifer Carroll is a Mum who, via her Instagram account, @jens_journey_ie, has taken us on her very honest journey of weight loss which has seen her lose over twelve stone to go from 25 stone to just twelve. She’s now a huge advocate of healthy eating and living and joined me this week to talk...
Published 05/07/20
May 1st is National Workplace Wellbeing Day and who would have thought we would be celebrating it at home in 2020? Never has wellbeing been so important and while most of us aren’t at our actual places of work, for many of us, remote working from home has become the new norm. So, this week’s Real Health episode is all about the ways you can stay fit and healthy while working remotely. From correct posture and movement to efficiency, hydration and structure, my ten tips are practical and...
Published 04/30/20
Published 04/30/20
For this week’s Real Health I thought we could all do with some positivity and feel good inspiration from someone who I’ve admired for his exploits on and off the sports pitch. Donncha O’Callaghan is one of Ireland and Munster rugby’s most decorated players and since retiring has brought his cheeky chappy, fun-loving sports expertise to the telly and radio. With four young kids he’s also a big advocate of health and exercise for families and he tells me how he and his family have been...
Published 04/23/20
At most times, financial concerns are the biggest stressor in our lives, and while health and safety is all our priority at the moment, money worries are also still there. Looking after your financial health is key to alleviating stress and helping with your overall health and well-being, so this week I speak to finance guru, Eoin McGee, about what we need to do to manage our finances effectively whilst also planning for the future. Eoin discusses dealing with short and long term debt , our...
Published 04/16/20
Nutrition and the food we eat is going to be so important over the coming weeks and months. Eating the right foods can help, not just with our overall health, but can also boost our immune system and deal with our gut reaction to stress and anxiety. For this week’s Real Health I’m joined by dietitian and gut expert, Paula Mee to find out what we should be eating and why. Paula has brilliant tips and advice on the symptoms to look out for if our gut health is acting up as well as the foods...
Published 04/09/20