Health Scan: Alan Quinlan, former rugby player

Alan Quinlan: tries to avoid sugary foods.

Alan Quinlan: tries to avoid sugary foods.


Do you think you have a healthy lifestyle?
I try to be as healthy as I can and believe exercise and diet play a big part in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I try to avoid sugary foods too. I also take care of my dental health.

How often do you exercise?
I exercise on a weekly basis and go to the gym three times a week. I also run and swim regularly. In Dublin, I work out at Raw gym and when I’m at home I use the gym in the University of Limerick.

Do you get your five fruit and vegetables a day?
I probably don’t get all five but I’d say I get very close to it. I eat lots of bananas, apples and carrots most days. I’d also eat plenty of avocados and tomatoes too.
Do you worry?

Yes, I worry a lot, which isn’t a good thing. I realise this occasionally and try to stop it. I try to put things in perspective and focus on the things I can control. Worrying can be draining so it’s something I need to be aware of and manage.

What do you do to relax?
I love doing nice things with my son AJ, whether it’s going to the playground, swimming or other activities. I love playing golf and enjoy going to the cinema too. Golf is so sociable and a chance for me to switch off. I enjoy the fun and banter of playing with someone.

What’s your worst habit?
Not being organised enough. When I’m working I’m very organised and always early but when I’m not working I’m too relaxed and my time-keeping is poor. I’m often in trouble with my friends for being late.

Former Muster and Ireland rugby player Alan Quinlan is an ambassador for DeCare Dental Insurance Ireland.

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