Presenter Grant Denyer has opened up about his past health problems in a candid new podcast interview.
The former Sunrise weather presenter and Dancing With the Stars winner spoke on the latest episode of the Along for the Ride podcast, telling host Anthony Madaffari that his fast-paced lifestyle pushed him “to the limit” and led to serious health problems.
Denyer said he loved his time as Sunrise’s resident weatherman, a role he filled from 2004 to 2006 and then for another three years from 2010.
He embraced every opportunity, travelling the country to report the weather from all sorts of far-flung locations.
“If I wanted to stand at Uluru tomorrow, I could,” he said of his time on the show.
“If I wanted to wrestle a crocodile in the Top End the day after, I did.
“It was limitless. In three and a half years I had something like 750 flights. You were in a different part of the country every single day,” he continued.
But eventually, the frenetic lifestyle caught up with him, and Denyer fell “into an absolute heap”.
“I wasn’t listening to my body; I had massive chronic fatigue,” he said.
“The hard part is that when you’re operating out of adrenaline every day, which live broadcasting gives you, let alone all the stunts you’re doing, you’re depleting everything.
“There was a point there where I went to the doctor and they examined my organs and tested them all and said they were running at about 7 per cent.
“And they said, ‘If you don’t do something, drastically, you’re going to die, and soon.’ That’s when I was like, holy sh*t, this is serious, I need to do something about this,” he explained.
“I was trying to push on and I realised I just had to give in to it – forget about television, forget about success, forget about ratings – and just focus on my health, because it wasn’t going to end well.”
It’s not the first time Denyer’s opened up about his private life – in a July Instagram post, the Gold Logie-winner opened up about his brutal battle with self-acceptance.
“My self talk can get pretty savage,” Denyer began. “I beat myself up, worry about the future, hang on to regrets about the past and get bogged down in fear.
“Fear of failure, fear of not being liked, fear of not being good enough. Generally a busy mind that makes it hard to be present for those around me. Sometimes it’s hard to enjoy the moment with all that mental distraction.”
He added that meditation “isn’t easy”, but that it’s helping him “chill out more”.
“I am a work in progress. I suffer from perfectionism but with stuff like meditation or self improvement I don’t aim for perfection, just progress,” he wrote.
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