Do you exercise regularly, and if so, what do you do?
I’m big on exercise and just about everything. As corny as it sounds, I’m a Duracell rabbit and have plenty of energy to burn. If I go for a few days without exercising, my head gets a bit cloudy.
I love to run and will be running the London Marathon on Sunday, October 2, for Marie Curie. I also play fives every Monday, go to the gym and try to hike and walk as much as I can. If I can swim in the sea too, I really win.
What is the worst disease you have had?
Fortunately, my health was very good, although I had a severe case of severe stomach ache that occurred every month or two and lasted for almost three intermittent years.
Earlier in the year I went for a colonoscopy and endoscopy and it seemed to be in good working order. The disease is caused by a build-up of acid in the stomach but is now improving.
How healthy is your diet?
I eat like a pig but don’t carry any weight – I’ll thank good family genes for that. I eat an outrageous amount and could eat pizza every day for the rest of my life, don’t worry. I have a little sweet tooth, too.
Although, in saying that, I like to have five a day, so I’m big on veggies and eat some fruit too. I like to think I’m eating healthy, even though I’m prone to eating a takeaway or two during the week.
Any bad habits?
Except for the occasional few pints on a night out, I don’t have many bad habits.
do you smoke? If so, how much?
If I had more beer than I expected, I would have a cigarette once in a while, which is funny because I absolutely hate smoking. I have never smoked during the day or normally without having more than a few beers.
Do you take any supplements?
I’ve never taken supplements or protein, but maybe I should start taking the supplements. I like the idea of my body getting what it needs.
How do you take the time out?
Submerging myself in the water, in a jacuzzi or warming up in a sauna or steam room is my perfect way to take some time outside.
I love spending a day at the spa, I can lie in the spa at Slieve Donard all day long. It is very comfortable.
When I lived in Newcastle, I would bring my laptop and work from the sun lounger in my swimming shorts.
I also enjoy the spa at Culloden and find nothing more relaxing than lounging on the beach. Several times this summer I slept on a blanket in the sand. I can lie on the beach all day and not get bored.
How Well do you sleep
I slept horribly – I can’t tell you the last time I had a full eight hours. He must be around 12 years of age or older.
I don’t like the idea of taking pills, so I’ll never take sleeping pills, but I do like to go into one of those bedrooms where you lie and float and shut down for a while.
I have a very active imagination, so the little mouse on the wheel keeps running. Not sure if it was the mattress, the pillows or my environment, but I never got a sound sleep at night on my donkeys.
Do you worry about getting old?
I’m 35 but I feel incredibly young (despite having a few new gray hairs). I think I still feel young at the age of seventy. My girlfriend used to say I’m a bit like Peter Pan in that I don’t want to grow up.
Seventy is not too old, my mum Pauline died at 56 and my aunt Eileen died at 57, both of them were very young, plump ladies unfortunately, taken by ovarian cancer too soon.
That’s why I run the London Marathon. Sadly, earlier this year, my cousin Nolin, a healthy 41-year-old mother of three, died of a brain tumor after a short illness with cancer.
My sister Jacqueline just ran the London Half Marathon in memory of these three wonderful ladies. We are so grateful and appreciative of the wonderful work that Marie Curie has done.
What is your favorite product that makes you feel healthy?
Olay Seven In One Day Moisturizer – As long as my skin looks fresh, I feel comfortable.
I also love a face mask and anything that makes me feel energized works for me inside and out. It’s amazing how a little tan, gel, and smudge of hairspray can leave a person feeling great.
A nourishing smoothie/juice that also makes me feel good on the inside, something green, with a few apples, cucumbers, spinach, kale, lemon and avocado.
Ryan runs the London Marathon on October 2 to raise money for Marie Curie. For more information see https://tcslondonmarathon.enthuse.com/pf/ryan-hand
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