A sure sign that Ireland’s appreciation for all things health and wellness is growing, celebrity trainer Karl Henry is celebrating over two million listeners[i] to his podcast, Real Health, sponsored by leading health and wellbeing provider laya healthcare. The Real Health Podcast with Karl Henry is now Ireland’s number one health and fitness podcast, reaching over two million listeners since launching in 2018. 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.
Commenting on the show’s success, Kevin Kent, Head of Marketing at laya healthcare says, “As series sponsor, we’re thrilled to see Karl’s podcast go from strength to strength. It’s incredible the breadth and depth of topics he manages to squeeze into a half hour. The podcast is really thriving in the current times as the nation tries to grapple with staying fit and healthy during lockdown. We wish Karl and his team continued success.”
Covering all topics of health and fitness for body and mind, the podcast series has welcomed a super star line up of Irish personalities and health gurus. Karls expert advice and assuring manner provides a welcome break from visual stimulation with expert tips and countless ways to boost health and fitness in a way that can work for everyone. Top interviews included a conversation with performance psychologist Gerry Hussey on how we are all just one question away from true happiness. The most listened to podcast with 41,000 listens was with Anna Geary on reaching her peak at 27, leaving her job and re-training as a lifestyle and career coach. Johnny Sexton spoke to Karl about how he puts his success as a sportsman down to hard work and tenacity. Minister for Health Simon Harris discussed how he is coping with Coronavirus from both a personal and professional perspective, his pride at how people are doing their best to help out and why we still – all of us – need to do more in the next few crucial weeks.
Where next for the Real Health podcast? Presenter Karl Henry says “I have been incredibly proud of the growth of the podcast, we have an amazing team and sponsor who work hard to produce the best shows in the area of health and wellness, delivering useable tips and tools within 30 minutes of listening time!” “With regards to the future, we have incredibly exciting plans to grow the platforms we use and make our show even better!” “And if you’d like to hear from someone in particular make sure to send your suggestions to me on Twitter and Instagram @karlhenryPT.”
[i] Source: Soundcloud, Youtube, independent.ie, as of April 2020