Tuesday 20 February 2018

'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

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

Edel Coffey

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.

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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