Health Scan: Orla Durkan

Orla Durkan: in training for the Flora Mini Marathon.

Orla Durkan: in training for the Flora Mini Marathon.


Do you think you have a healthy lifestyle?
I like to think I have a healthy lifestyle. I am very conscious now that I am in my 30s of making sure I get enough healthy food and exercise. I certainly do not have as many late nights as I used to have in my 20s.

I am more conscious about living a long life and about ageing well, so I really try to look after myself.

In saying that, I am only human and do have the odd blowout. I like to have a few drinks at the weekends. It’s really all about trying to keep a balance.
How often do you exercise?

I try to exercise three to four times per week.

I have taken up running again and I’m training for the Flora Mini Marathon which I am doing for Cardiac Risk in the Young. It’s great to have this to motivate you and it’s even better knowing that you are doing it for a good cause.

I suffer from a bad back so I try to incorporate a strength session on one of those days.

I used to do a lot of Pilates and I’m planning on taking that up again as it’s great for strengthening the back.

Do you get your five fruit and vegetables a day?
I do my best to squeeze in my five a day. I make vegetable soup which is great for getting the veggies in.

I love fruit as well so I find it easy to fit that in.

Do you worry?
I am a bit of a worrier but I’m also a great talker so I don’t generally bottle things up. I find my training for the Mini Marathon to be a great stress releaser.

What do you do to relax?
You can’t beat a hot bath.

What’s your worst habit?
I am addicted to my iPhone and spend way too much time on it.

Orla Durkan is chief executive officer of Cardiac Risk in the Young (Ireland), which raises awareness and funds for families who have lost a young person to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

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