Health scan lifestyle Q&A

 

Ronan Collins, broadcaster

Do you think you have a healthy lifestyle?

Realistically no, though I’ve become more aware of what should be a healthy lifestyle in the past 10 years because I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I am on my way to a healthier lifestyle but I’m not a paragon of virtue.

How often do you exercise?

I had an accident before Christmas and was on crutches for four months so I haven’t managed to get back into my exercise regime but I walk whenever I can.

I park the car away from places and always use the stairs. I play golf a few times a week. It’s lovely fresh air but I don’t believe it’s any good for you aerobically.

Do you get your five a day?

No I don’t. I eat bananas the odd time, though they aren’t great for diabetes. I’ve never been an eater of apples, oranges and grapes. I’m like a child; I’m not a lover of greens. Out of five, it’s probably two and a half.

Do you worry?

I worry much more now than I used to. I was 60 last week and I thought by this age, I’d be ready to stop doing everything but here I am and my mind and my body are all more active than when I was 30. I want to keep doing things and I worry whether I’ll be allowed to do them. It’s about mortality and how much I’m going to get out of my body. I’d like to think the next 10 years will be as good as the last.

What do you do to relax?

I love to play golf, but it’s infuriating too. The more I play, it seems, the worse I’m getting. I’m very relaxed at my work, I love doing the radio programme.

What’s your unhealthiest habit?

Chips and ice cream, and I shouldn’t be eating either of them. They are my guilty pleasures.

Ronan Collins is supporting the pneumococcal vaccination campaign, Visit pneumo.iefor more details.

In conversation with Joanne Hunt

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.