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'Do I have a skincare routine? I wash my face!'

Seán Rocks, presenter of RTE Radio One show, Arena, chats to Edel Coffey about his lifestyle and fitness

Edel Coffey

Published 13/05/2014 | 02:30

Seán Rocks, presenter of RTE Radio One show, Arena
Seán Rocks, presenter of RTE Radio One show, Arena

DO YOU consider yourself to have a healthy lifestyle? I'd say I have a reasonably healthy lifestyle, but there are times when either I allow myself a little indulgence or I give in to a bad habit.

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Do you exercise regularly?

I usually manage to run about 6km three or four mornings a week. I'm not very fast (40 – 45 mins).

In a good week I might manage nine or 10km at the weekend. At this time of year, I also try to cycle to work most days and I use the bike to get in and out of the city.

Do you do it willingly or begrudgingly?

I have to do the running first thing in the morning or it becomes a big battle to get out later. I find it clears my head for the day ahead.

It's still bright when Arena ends at 8pm each night so cycling is much easier at this time of year.

I live in an area with good cycle lanes so cycling to town (about 7km) is easier than driving; there's also no parking issue when I get there. Cycling in the city centre, however, is not for the faint hearted

What time do you go to bed at?

Eleven-ish – though I usually doze off on the couch at about 10:30!

What time do you get up at in the morning?

About 6:15, Monday to Friday, and 8 at the weekends. As Arena means I work evenings, I don't have to get up early, but I am a morning person and I'll get more done between 9am and 1pm than I will for the rest of the day.

What do you have for breakfast?

Coffee, brown bread toasted and maybe an egg. I allow myself a bit of a fry-up at the weekends.


It varies a lot – generally a sandwich of some kind.


Huge variation – but I do generally cook at home. I allow myself a Chinese or Indian takeaway, generally on a Friday.

Any snacks?

Can't resist coffee and a scone with jam; and I often give in to a chocolate fix in the late afternoon, ahead of Arena at 7pm. I'm pretty good at snacking on fruit at home if I feel the urge.

Do you take any supplements?

No – I try to get what I need in food. I eat a fair amount of fruit and veg.

How much water do you drink?

Not enough – maybe half-a-litre a day.

Do you have a skincare routine?

I wash my face!

Any allergies?

This year, for the first time ever, I got really bad hayfever. When I was growing up, I laughed at my brother's hayfever and secretly believed he made it up to avoid having to mow the lawn. I take it all back now – it's left me pretty miserable a couple of times in the last month.

Any vices?

I really like my food, and portion size might be an issue – is that a vice? And I really like to have wine with food – is that a vice? I try to keep Monday to Thursday alcohol-free.

If I could change one thing about my lifestyle, it would be...

Because Arena broadcasts from 7-8pm I often don't get a chance to eat my main meal until I get home at about 8:30/9.

That is not ideal!

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