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January is long gone, but some of us have managed to hold on to our fitness aspirations from the month of good intentions. 

Joining the #IrishFitFam can be intimidating, but once you make the first steps on your fitness journey, you'll never want to look back. 

Amanda Byram, host of Dancing With The Stars, has always been into her fitness, but only recently has the TV presenter reconsidered running as part of her routine. 

 

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This is thanks to her involvement with the Vhi Women's Marathon, which is celebrating its 35th year.

The Clontarf native is heading up the marathon as an ambassador, and the fitness advocate chatted about her reasons for joining the cause. 

"My main passion is health and fitness, I've got my PT certificate and I've studied nutrition, and I have an active wear range coming out, so for me it was of the utmost importance," she said. 

"I like to empower women through fitness, I'm all about being strong not skinny, and I'm all about women getting together to train because it can be quite intimidating a lot of the time."

In regards to Amanda's training for the marathon, she admits that she hasn't quite gotten around to starting yet, but she will be following the 14 week plans that are kicking off on the VHI website this week.

While the TV presenter is mad about fitness, she's a bit of a novice when it comes to training for a marathon. 

"I've given myself this time, the 14 weeks in the run up to it to really focus on it, because I used to run a long time ago but then I hurt my knees and gave it up, and I've been wanting to get back into it for so long."

 

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When asked about her personal techniques for getting motivated to train, Amanda cited a good mental attitude as being one of the most important aspects. 

"There's a lot of mental techniques that have to happen, I think it's about wanting to not needing to, that's what you always have to tell yourself is that you want to do it. and when you do it for pleasure it becomes less of a chore," she advised. 

"Also, when I was in my late thirties and turning forty I thought 'I've really got to make an effort now if I want to be fit and healthy and strong into my fifties and my sixties and my seventies' so I've got to start now."

"I spent so long trying to be skinny because I thought that's what healthy was all about, I thought 'I wont eat this' or 'I'l eat low fat this' and all the rest of it, and all these faddy diets and I was just finding that I didn't have any energy and I wasn't strong. I was thin but I wasn't strong," she admitted. 

Amanda, who plans to run the marathon for the Down Syndrome Centre in Sandyford, also credited an achievable and steady pace as being the key to training successfully. 

"For me it's all about starting slowly, and building incrementally, I think that rather than going straight into it, you know, a week before the mini marathon an then get an injury and then not be able to do it so its about incorporating it into your daily life, and it's not for a small period of time either, it's a lifestyle."

"I'm going to take it really really slowly and probably do one or two kilometers per day or something like that, and build up strength.

"This isn't just about the run or the walk, it's alo about strength from within and getting that mind set that you can do this, we'll all do this together."

"On the day that's in it, there could be up to 35,000 women running, walking, crawling, jogging, whatever they might be doing and that in itself is reason to get from Fitzwilliam square to Baggot Street, it's such a buzz."

"Some of us are doing it for charities, others are doing it to get a personal best, so it's fun combined with sport combined with a charitable event." 

While we're more aquainted with the a Netflix marathon than an actual marathon, we'll be signing up to get involved in the biggest all-women's event of its kind in the world.

The first Women’s Mini Marathon kicked off in Dublin in 1983 with 9,000 entrants, and it has grown in popularity year on year, raising over €200,000,000 for charity since it first began. 

The event will see women make their way through Dublin city on Bank Holiday Monday, 5 June 2017, and registration is currently open. 

Dust off those gym runners, ladies. 

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We have to say we're kinda excited about the Irish version of Dancing With The Stars.

Kicking off on January 8 – just in time for sober nights in – after oodles of speculation it has just now been confirmed that Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne WILL act as hosts.

With a total of 11 celebrities waltzing their way into the nation’s living rooms as they battle it out for the coveted glitterball trophy, Amanda declared this afternoon: “I am thrilled to be working on DWTS.

"For years I have been looking for the right project to bring me back to Irish TV and as soon as I was offered the role I didn't hesitate. The team and I are looking forward to entertaining the nation by combining a much loved format with a uniquely Irish spin.”

Meanwhile, 2FM presenter Nicky Byrne is of course no stranger to the ballroom having donned his dancing shoes for the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing where he made it to week ten alongside his partner Karen Clifton.

Nicky stated today: "I am absolutely thrilled to be to be co-hosting Dancing With The Stars. Having been a contestant on the UK show, I know only too well that there is simply no other show like it on TV.

"I am ready and delighted to dust off my Cuban heels and work with Amanda, the judges and all the celebs, in what I believe will be an incredibly exciting show for Irish TV".

The show will air on RTÉ One for 12 weeks from 6.30pm Sunday January 8.

The celebrity contestants be the scored by an expert panel of judges and the viewing public at home. All the contestants will be safe for the first two shows, but after that one dancer and their partner will leave the competition each week.

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It was all black and white on the night: yes, on the Iftas red-carpet yesterday the stylish stars stuck to what they know best – and that means duplicating many of the looks that also dominated back in May.

For the first time this year, the glitzy ceremony was split into two high-profile nights: the film and drama awards, which took place in May, and last night's bash – which honoured achievements in the television industry.

But while the two events means two excuses to dress up for a host of high-profile celebs, most stuck to what they know best: and that evidently means LOTS of black and white. 

Yes, keeping things cool and classic, an array of Ifta attendees then and now opted for monochrome hues, with bright colour very much being the exception rather than the rule on both evenings.

Amanda Byram, Ronan and Storm Keating, Imelda May, Rachel Wyse, Vogue Williams, Rosanna Davison, Colette Fitzpatrick and Lucy Kennedy: they ALL shunned colour.

Here, SHEmazing! takes a look at the best red-carpet black-and-white style from the 2015 Iftas…

 

Host Amanda Byram embraced both black AND white

 

Rosanna Davison; Mary Murray; Lisa Cannon

 

Caroline Morahan; Lucy Kennedy; Maude Hirst

 

Caitriona Balfe; Colette Fitzpatrick

 

Rachel Wyse; Vogue Williams; Imelda May

 

Emma O'Driscoll; Karen Koster; Sinead Kennedy

 

Amanda Byram; Amy Huberman; Lisa Cannon

 

Caroline Morahan; Aisling Franciosi; Aoibhin Garrihy

 

Sean Bean and Abigail Cruttenden; Ronan and Storm Keating

 

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Amanda Byram is on holiday in Turkey at the moment, and she’s been making us all VERY jealous on Instagram with photos like this:

When she got tired of sunbathing the days away, she decided to be a bit adventurous with some parasailing. Looks safe, right?

However, perhaps she should have kept her feet on solid ground as she ended up with one pretty sore looking arm:

Apparently when she “attempted a sailing trick” she got caught in the wire and it dug into her arm. Ouch! 

We guess she'll just have to get comfy in one of those deck chairs and let the bruises heal – it could be worse!

 

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Amanda Byram took to Twitter last night to vent her frustrations after Instagram deleted the nude photo she had posted of herself from her Women’s Health shoot.

Since the photo was in no way pornographic, we suppose Amanda thought it would be ok.

Maybe they were just jealous, she did look pretty hot, check out the photo here!

 

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Amanda Byram is on a quest to help women be proud of their bodies – and she’s done this by posing completely nude for the new issue of Women’s Health.

We don’t know about you, but seeing a picture of Amanda’s super toned abs doesn’t make us feel any better about our own!

The Dublin native says she trained for two months so that she could look her best: “I trained hard for this WH shoot. If I was going to be naked, I wanted to feel my very best.

“A year or so before I turned 40 I thought ‘it’s now or never’. I wanted to sculpt a strong body.

“One that would stay healthy and beautiful well into my forties and beyond.

“I cut down on alcohol, gave up on red meat and focused on eating clean.”

All Amanda’s hard work has definitely paid off!

 

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