Sunday 13 July 2014

'I am guilty of having too many biscuits with my tea!' - Alan Quinlan

My health - Alan Quinlan, rugby pundit

Alan Quinlan, former Munster and Ireland rugby player.

Do you consider yourself to have a healthy lifestyle?

I do, I really value the benefits of a good balanced diet and exercise.

Do you exercise regularly?

I go to the gym two to three times a week and I swim, cycle and run also.

Do you do it willingly or begrudgingly?

Willingly mostly but sometimes motivation and time can be low. I always make the time to do it and find I switch off and really enjoy it when I do.

What time do you go to bed?

It changes a lot depending on my schedule. I tend to be a night owl but I usually go to bed by 12 or 12.30 most nights.

What time do you get up in the morning?

Again this changes depending on my schedule and what lies ahead for the day. I'm always usually up by 8am but if my son AJ stays it could be an earlier start to the day at 6.30 or 7am.

What do you have for breakfast?

Normally I have porridge or Weetabix for breakfast with milk and some slices of wholemeal bread with a little butter and jam. I'll also have a banana or orange juice with this. At weekends I'll have poached eggs with wholemeal bread and tea.


I don't eat a huge lunch and what I do have depends on my schedule for the day. If I'm out it tends to be a sandwich or salad but if I'm at home I might make pasta with a tomato sauce.


Dinner time is always a big meal and it could be anything from a chicken stir-fry, to meat and vegetables or a pasta dish. I try to eat fish at least two or three times a week for the natural benefits of fish oils.

Any snacks?

Lots of fruit, usually bananas or apples but sometimes a cereal or protein bar.

Do you take any supplements?

Before I retired from professional rugby I would have taken different supplements but I don't take much any more. I take protein at times after I've been at the gym or weight training.

How much water do you drink?

At least two litres a day. I try to drink lots of water throughout the day.

Do you have a skincare routine?

Not really, but I use moisturiser on occasions.

Any allergies?


Any vices?

I try not to have too many sweet things and look after my dental health but I am guilty of having too many chocolate biscuits with a cup of tea!

If you could change one thing about your lifestyle it would be ...

My erratic schedule means that it can be difficult to maintain consistency, but I love what I do and it's my choice, although sometimes it can be a bit of a double-edged sword.

I'm always checking my email, phone and calendar but I make sure I have plenty of quality free time to spend with my son AJ.

Former Muster and Ireland rugby player Alan Quinlan is an ambassador for DeCare Dental Insurance Ireland. For full details on the range of dental insurance plans available, please visit or call 1890 130 017

Irish Independent

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