Rugby pundit Brent Pope gets a regular check-up in the Beacon Clinic and goes to the gym 3-4 times a week. He details what he describes as his 'fairly healthy' lifestyle.
Do you consider yourself to have a healthy lifestyle?
I'm not a gym rat or fanatically fit but I guess I am fairly healthy. Like anybody I have lapses one day a week, usually at the weekends, but I generally try and get back on track and lead a healthy enough life. Now that I have reached 50 I do a general Silver service MOT up in the Beacon Clinic every year – that is vital.
Do you exercise regularly? If so, what do you do?
I used to love to run as a kid, there was nothing better for me than running along the beach while on a holiday then diving into the sea to cool off, but due to the many rugby injuries that I have had over the years I find my knees become very swollen and painful so I have had to stop.
Last year I hired a personal trainer for the first time, Rob Smyth, and he devised an excellent programme for me, taking me away from the heavy weights that I had done all my life and introduced cardio boxing and lower weight circuit training, I go to Ben Dunnes gym in Sandyford 3-4 times a week.
What time do you go to bed?
Coming from a rural background it has always been early to bed; early to rise for me, I am usually in bed by 9.30pm most nights. I read or work on the computer for a while and lights out about 10.30pm
What time do you get up in the morning?
I always wake at about 6am but doze for a while and get up about 7am. Each Monday I call my parents in New Zealand on the phone, I need to talk to them before they go to bed at the other end of the world.
What do you have for breakfast?
Unfortunately breakfast can be a bit erratic for me especially if I am rushing. On a good day the juice of a carrot, apple, pear, celery and some ginger in a pint class, a hardboiled egg on brown toast, or fruit and muesli with water. On a bad day, nothing
Trying to stay off my white bread vice at the moment so I have a tuna wrap, or if I am in a lunch meeting somewhere in town a vegetable soup and brown bread. If I eat a big meal in the middle of the day I tend to get too sleepy.
I love cooking, and because I am on my own (sob, sob) I try and cook healthy stir fries with fresh veg, ginger, garlic etc. I try to get my five-a-day intake.
Weekends can vary, however, and I still love to indulge in the odd breakfast roll or full Irish as a special treat.
I am a sucker for crackers and cheese and will eat a whole packet if it's in front of me, my house can look like Hansel and Gretel with a little trail of crackers around the house.
Do you take any supplements?
A general supplement of multivitamins and iron, evening primrose oil and omega fish oils.
How much water do you drink?
I try and drink about six pints a day; I use a water bottle which makes it easier just to take regular sips rather than trying to gulp down a pint or two now and then. I also have fruit juice, and I am not a tea or coffee drinker.
Do you have a skincare routine?
Oh yes, I moisturise. I usually put some form of moisturiser on every day.
I used to spray my face every night with rosewater, an old trick my grandmother taught me, but there's something unnerving about spraying your own face with cold water.
I also read in Bill Cullen's book that he leaves water on his face after shaving for a while so I do that too. I make sure I always shave properly, a hot towel, a sharp razor and good shaving foam are crucial as soap dries my skin out.
I have psoriasis so I have to be very careful as it can flare up if I don't look after my skin or scalp.
Outsider Art showcases work from artists who have faced adversity in their lives. Brent will be curating a special exhibition for Culture Night, Friday, September 20 in the Doorway Gallery in Dublin. www.culturenight.ie