Wednesday 24 January 2018

'When it's in season I'm in bed by 10.30pm - exciting!'

Dublin football All Star Paul Flynn tells Edel Coffey moderation and balance are the keys to his healthy lifestyle... as well as his special pancake mix recipe.

Paul Flynn is urging employers and employees to develop better nutrition and physical activity in workplaces around Ireland
Paul Flynn is urging employers and employees to develop better nutrition and physical activity in workplaces around Ireland

Do you consider yourself to have a healthy lifestyle? Absolutely… most of the time. I enjoy eating healthy, training hard and living a healthy lifestyle in general but I enjoy indulging a bit more than usual in the off season. Everything in moderation!

Do you exercise regularly?

Well we train hard as a team which could be between four or five times per week. This is a balance between gym-based sessions, pitch sessions and recovery or pool sessions.

Do you do it willingly or begrudgingly?

Willingly. I think it is important for many reasons to keep fit and healthy. It is good for the body and mind! When you have a hard day at work or loads going on in your private life to be able to go and train hard helps to get it out of the system.

What time do you go to bed?

When in season I would be in bed by 10.30pm. How exciting!

What time do you get up?

It all depends on whether I am doing a morning session or not. If training, I'm up at 5.45am. If not, 7am.

What do you have for breakfast?

It all depends. Mainly eggs and fruit. I make a nice protein pancake mix that a mate from college showed me containing 4 eggs, 1 banana, 2 table spoons of flaxseed, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon - blend together and cook on the pan. Topped with Greek yoghurt and blueberries. Try it!

Lunch?

It varies a lot. Training days (pitch) have a higher carb intake than gym or non-training days. On a training day I might have a large baked potato with organic minced meat. On a non-training day I would have a mixed salad with two chicken/turkey fillets.

Dinner?

Again it all depends on whether I am in the gym or on the pitch but something like Salmon Teriyaki with mixed vegetables.

Any snacks?

Predominantly fruit and nuts or maybe a smoothie with protein in it.

Do you take any supplements?

Yes, I take Eskimo 3 fish oils everyday. They are very good for recovery. I also take BCAAs and protein around training times.

How much water do you drink?

I am not great with the water to be honest. I try to drink two litres a day but I am very bad at it! I prefer to drink tea. I have started drinking green tea lately and I like it so once I am getting fluid on board it's okay not to drink two litres of water, I hope!

Do you have a skincare routine?

Not religiously but when I remember I put moisturiser on!

Any vices?

Loads… Chocolate being number one! Everything in moderation. Coffee too!

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

I am nearly too extreme when in training and then tend to relax in off season which is needed, to some degree, because it is hard to sustain it all year round. But maybe I need more of a balanced approach all year round rather than the two extremes!

Paul Flynn is a national ambassador for Ireland's first Workplace Wellbeing Day, taking place on Friday, March 27. For more information see www.nhfireland/wellbeing.

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