Health Scan: David Wallace, former Ireland rugby player

David Wallace: his worst habit is his sweet tooth. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

David Wallace: his worst habit is his sweet tooth. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

 

Do you think you have a healthy lifestyle?
Yes, 90 per cent of the time. Having been a professional athlete for 15 years, I picked up some good habits along the way. I’ve tried to maintain some of that.

How often do you exercise?

Since retiring, I do one gym session a week. I might swim or cycle as well, so I probably exercise two or three times a week. Last year, I cycled from Mizen Head to Malin Head for cancer research. In seven days, we did about 800km. I’m doing the same this year but in reverse. It might be a bit harder because generally with the wind in Ireland it’s easier to go from south to north, but we might get lucky.


Do you get your five a day?
I don’t stick religiously to that but I’d have fruit, nuts or seeds with porridge at breakfast and I’d have vegetables with dinner or lunch.

Do you worry?
I think everyone worries, I think there is probably something wrong with you if you don’t but it’s how much you worry. In rugby there is a reward for anxiety in performance but if it gets too much, it affects you so I try to keep on a even keel.

What do you do to relax?
I like to cycle, swim or do gym work as a form of mental relaxation.


What’s your unhealthiest habit?
I like the odd drink but I wouldn’t drink an awful lot. I don’t smoke. I’ve a very sweet tooth, that’s probably the worst thing. I stay away from jellies but anything with chocolate on it I tend to go for.


Brothers Paul, Mick and David Wallace lead the 2013 Viviscal Rugby Legends Malin to Mizen Charity Cycle in aid of Cancer Research of the Oesophagus and Stomach at St James’s Hospital from September 7th- 13th. crossrugbylegends.com.