Healthy Scan: Seán Rocks, broadcaster

Seán Rocks: believes in everything in moderation, including moderation.

Seán Rocks: believes in everything in moderation, including moderation.


Do you think you have a healthy lifestyle?
I think I have a reasonably healthy lifestyle. It could always be healthier but it could also be a lot more unhealthy. Everything in moderation, including moderation.

How often do you exercise?
Most weeks, I’d get out for a run four mornings a week. Some weeks it’s five, some weeks it’s three. My partner and myself run 7-8km in the mornings for 45mins to an hour. And I cycle to work and most other places.

Do you get your five a day?
I wouldn’t have any doubt but that I get my five a day. I have smoothies most mornings. It’s autumn now so there’s lots of fruit. I’d also buy a small carton of fruit salad and I’d add to that whatever we have in the house. Most days I cook fresh veg; stir fried very lightly or steamed.

Do you worry?

I try not to worry. If something has been said or I’m worried about some aspect of something I have to do, I try to get it ironed out as quickly as possible to avoid the worry. My father always said when you worry, you’ve got two problems – the problem itself and the problem of worrying.

What do you do to relax?
I’m probably not great at relaxing, but I find talking with friends relaxing. Just catching up, chewing the cud, telling them what I’m at, listening to what they’re at. Usually when you’re talking, you’re working something out. That’s probably my biggest relaxation.

What’s your unhealthiest habit?
It’s the late night munchies. My programme, Arena, goes out at 7pm-8pm. When you get home, it’s practically impossible not to want to eat something, so sometimes your main meal can be quite late. On Friday nights, that’s often a take away.

Seán Rocks presents the arts and culture show Arena, on RTÉ Radio 1 at 7pm, weekdays. Arena will broadcast live from Meeting House Square in Temple Bar on September 20th as part of Culture Night.

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