Health Scan: Rob Heffernan

Rob Heffernan: ‘awful sweet tooth’.

Rob Heffernan: ‘awful sweet tooth’.


Do you think you have a healthy lifestyle?
I have an extremely healthy lifestyle. With sport being my profession, I eat and sleep well and train a lot. I get eight to 10 hours’ sleep a night. I train twice a day and eat extremely healthily.

How often do you exercise?
I exercise twice a day most days. My training can consist of doing 130-190km a week with gym sessions added on, and daily massage or physiotherapy for muscle recovery and to prevent injuries.

Do you get your five fruit and vegetables a day?
I snack on fruit and always have fresh vegetables with both of my main meals every day – so definitely yes. I also grow my own wheatgrass at home; it’s a tremendous superfood.
Do you worry?

I do worry, of course. I think it’s natural but I counteract my worries by taking action. I think it’s natural to worry about your future and your family’s future with regard to bills and so on. I also can get down when I am away on training camps without my family as I feel I miss out on so much, but thankfully it isn’t that often.

Having said that, I try not to stay down or worried for too long. It’s important to have a positive attitude in that regard.

What do you do to relax?
I relax by drinking great coffee and spending time with Marian and the kids. I am also partial to the odd glass of red wine.

I think having children is a great leveller as you can get totally consumed in your own training bubble but they will always keep you grounded.

I love watching Cathal and Meghan when they have any races or matches. It brings me right back to why I love sport so much and it’s a real escape from my own work.

What’s your worst habit?

I have an awful sweet tooth. There wasn’t a chocolate egg safe in the house over Easter. Also, at the end of the season, I have been known to overindulge in the things I have stayed clear of all year.

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