Celebrity health and fitness expert Karl Henry is celebrating over one million listeners to his Real Health podcast on Independent.ie since it was first broadcast.
Since it was launched Henry’s guests have included Leo Varadkar, Adam Clayton from U2, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh as well as a host of other leading sports stars. The podcast, which is sponsored by laya healthcare, covers a wide range of topics relating to health and fitness.
“During the first year of Real Health podcast we have had amazing advice from such a variety of walks of life, and some of the most useful information comes from the simplest tips,” Karl says. “For example, Leo Varadkar actually came to do our podcast whilst in the middle of Brexit talks, and his advice on how he keeps healthy despite his incredibly busy schedule is, I think, a really valuable insight. He weighs himself once a week and trains three or four times – and I think this is inspirational as it shows how an incredibly busy person can fit this into his daily life, then there’s ways we can strive to do the same.”
The most listened-to podcast to date is the inspirational discussion with former athlete and TV presenter Anna Geary, who spoke about how feeling unfulfilled in her job prompted her to retire from her corporate job, and bravely embark on a whole new career path as a lifestyle coach.
The Real Health Podcast is one of several podcasts on Independent.ie that focus on everything from technology and sport to politics Podcasts are becoming increasingly popular in Ireland, with a recent Reuters study reporting that roughly two-in-five (38%) of news consumers in Ireland saying that they listened to a podcast within the past month. This puts Ireland well ahead of the 27% EU average.
Laya Healthcare’s Marketing Manager, Alan Morris says: “We put innovative health at the heart of what we do and are continuously looking for new ways to empower our customers to be at their best, always. Working with Karl to deliver great content and really useful health and wellbeing tips through the Real Health podcast has been a huge success and we’re delighted the podcast has reached over a million listeners. We look forward to supporting the podcast to reach even more people in the coming year.”