Fitness guru Karl Henry has revealed the cruel taunts he receives from members of the public who mock him for claiming they are fitter than he is.
peration transformation favorite Karl confesses that he was the victim of such abuse while running marathons.
“Everyone does that. I ran a marathon and someone comes up next to me and says, ‘I’m running a marathon faster than you.’ I say ‘good for you’. It happens, I’m not an Olympic medalist. I don’t really care when I run a marathon,” he says.
“That also happened a few years ago. It was ‘oh you’re that guy on TV, I’m fitter than you’. I was like ‘Well done, that’s great’. People are funny, people are weird. But in the same vein, go “good for you” and kill it with kindness rather than meddle.
“Everyone in public is unfortunately there for them and it’s not a good thing, absolutely not, but it’s just unfortunately something that’s there.”
Karl describes himself as a “clumsy runner” who has run 18 marathons since his mid-20s.
“I’m not a fast runner, I’m not a naturally good runner,” he says.
“For me, 3 (hours).39 (minutes) is my personal best and the fastest I will ever ride. I have no interest in going faster. It’s now about the joy of it, the freedom from it. Just very much the physical conditioning of it. I just enjoy the feeling of feeling very fit when I run and when I run well.”
He is now training for the upcoming Dublin and Loch Ness marathons.
“It’s the joy and the solitude that I like. Long-distance runners will tell you that, the headroom from it. I’ve gone further, I’ve done Ultras, I’ve done Ironman. It’s just long enough for a marathon,” he emphasizes.
“I bike, mountain bike, surf, lots of other things besides just running.
“Ultramarathons or anything longer. They generally start at around 39.3 miles. I’ve done four or five of these. I tried two hundred miles but failed to finish any of them. Sometime in my 40s, going back and finishing it is on my to-do list.”
Superfit Karl also likes to take time off to do less competitive routines.
“I like to do the runs alone, my cycles alone, just tick along. Because what I do professionally, you are all the time. It’s nice to just hop on your bike and go for a spin for a few hours and not talk to anyone. It’s really nice from a headspace perspective.”
Karl’s admission of the abuse he endures comes in the context of including Leo Varadkar on his podcast – the Tanaiste himself has been a victim of brickbats while jogging or in the gym.
But Karl believes Leo’s public fitness routines are “inspirational,” including when he went jogging as the Taoiseach with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“That Trudeau picture was one of the best things I’ve ever seen because on a global scale it wasn’t just ‘Let’s have a pint in the pub’ like most of these pictures do, it was ‘Let’s go to the pub go to Phoenix Park and go jogging,” he emphasizes.
“The beauty of having people like that who are in the public eye, whether it’s taking a selfie from his fridge or his gym or running with Justin Trudeau, is positive healthy imaging and it’s really, really, really important and we need more.” to see of it, because these are people with phenomenally high levels of stress. They need to move because if they don’t, it affects the same as everyone else, but it shows people that this is the norm.
The Dubliner is married to GP Jean and the couple and his family have just moved into a new house in Clonakilty, his wife’s hometown in West Cork.
“It’s all beaches and water, it’s really beautiful. It’s certainly a slower pace, that sure is nice.
“Being from Clonakilty, a lot of her family members are from here, her friends and stuff, so we know her well. We’ve come a long way.
“It was very busy during Covid and in the end we decide to just have a little adventure. Everyone talks about a quality of life concept, that Dublin is really stressful and much better outside of Dublin, so we thought let’s give it a try.”
Karl is currently promoting the vitamin supplement Immuno10, which he believes should be taken in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise regimen.
“Basically, its function is that it helps everything, your bones, your skin. It’s good for everything,” he notes.
Essential vitamins that many lack include B12 and D, the latter of which is obtained from sunlight.
“It’s sunlight and we’re not getting enough,” he confirms. “It’s important to use an SPF in terms of sun protection, but as a society we don’t get enough of it because of the way we live – but it’s getting better with climate change.” With all B vitamins, including B12, they are really important in relation to tiredness and fatigue. We have two and a half years of Covid behind us. People are exhausted.
“Taking the vitamins will make a big difference in terms of your fatigue and just your metabolism, but also your fatigue and how tired you are.”
He believes people need to exercise more not only for their own health but also to slow down the aging process and recommends 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise if a person is feeling slightly out of breath.
“We start losing muscle strength in our mid-30s, which plays a really important role in overall health, and we need to encourage people to do more weight training,” he says. “It can be simple things like standing up throughout the day or lifting weights, doing push-ups or squats, but we have to carry more weights. We sit too much and this affects our muscle mass and makes us age faster.
“If you combine your exercise with 15 squats and 15 presses, that’s what we need to do. We need to do it for our muscle mass as we get older. So if you don’t use it, you lose it.”
He also encourages parents to exercise with their children as a family unit.
“The best thing for children’s health is family health. We know the family is what really matters when it comes to children’s health. It’s a healthy family unit, it’s the parents who lead by example,” he advises.
He admits that he doesn’t watch much TV and that his former Operation Transformation girlfriend’s new TV series, Dr. Eva Orsmond, in which it is revealed that she has split permanently from her husband Wyatt.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with her and you know that as a country we know we have a weight problem, we know we need to lose weight and her heart is absolutely in the right place to do it. ”
https://www.independent.ie/life/health-wellbeing/fitness/operation-transformation-fitness-expert-karl-henry-says-fellow-marathon-runners-jeer-at-him-41920456.html Operation Transformation fitness expert Karl Henry says other marathoners mock him