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Let’s Talk: Leila McKinnon discusses David Gyngell’s yoga practice

In the latest Let’s Talk episode, Leila McKinnon discusses health and fitness revealing her husband, Nine Network boss David Gyngell, is quite the yogi.
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While Leila McKinnon likes working out to the pumping sounds of Jay Z and Snoop Dogg, it seems her husband prefers the tranquil sounds of a downward dog.

David Gyngell, head of the Nine Network who famously got into a punch-up with best mate James Packer over reports of the billionaire hanging with supermodel Miranda Kerr, has started to practise yoga to destress, according to his wife Leila.

“He does it quite a lot and he’s quite good at it. His dad was heavily into it,” McKinnon tells The Weekly’s Editor-in-Chief, Helen McCabe in the latest Let’s Talk episode.

The Channel Nine journalist also does her sun salutes every now and then, but admits she doesn’t really enjoy exercise, forcing herself to go for a run occasionally.

“People smile at me like they smile at old people,” says McKinnon about her running style, laughing.

“It just doesn’t come naturally.”

Mckinnon joined McCabe and Professor Kerryin Phelps to discuss the ever growing health and wellbeing industry.

With the alternative health business in Australia now worth 4 billion dollars – Dr. Kerryn Phelps talks about the problems associated with diets, like Paleo, cutting out whole food groups.

“You need to be careful about what you’re doing to your body when you take on a diet,” says Dr. Phelps.

“If people are cutting grains out of their diet then they need to be very careful that they are replacing what they’re missing – which you can’t always do – with other foods or supplements.

“The 5:2 diet is a bit of an exception… there is a growing body of scientific evidence to show that it does have a beneficial effect on some of the biochemical parameters like blood sugar levels and blood cholesterol levels.”

Watch the full episode in the player above.

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