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Me and my health: David Martin discusses his lifestyle

By Helen Carson

Published 25/10/2016

David Martin
David Martin

The 34-year-old singer with Dave Martin and Casino Cats Swing Band lives in Limavady with wife Kristen and children Micha (4) and Seren (2).

Q: Do you take regular exercise - and if so, what?

A: I cycle for eight miles every morning. I lost over two stone recently as we were going away on a holiday to Majorca, shedding the weight over eight weeks.

Q: What's the worst illness you have had?

A: Nothing serious but I had a really bad flu last Christmas and had to work through nonetheless. It was a case of lying in bed all day, getting up and out to sing then back home and straight to bed. I also injured my back a few years ago lifting a speaker ... things like that happen when you perform for a living.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: Very healthy at the minute. I take boiled eggs for breakfast, a small bowl of bran flakes with milk, then a banana. I use My Fitness Pal app which helps me keep to a strict 1,200-1,400 calories a day diet. Lunch is salad with prawns or chicken or soup and, as I look after the kids during the day when my wife is working, I make dinner every night - which is just the usual evening fayre of meat, veg, rice or pasta. I don't eat bread, though maybe some wheaten and very little butter.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: Too much coffee - about six to eight cups a day if I'm working. I will have two cups of coffee to keep myself awake and drink more before I drive home after a gig which is usually quite late.

Q: Do you drink and/or smoke - if so, how much?

A: I've more or less stopped drinking alcohol since I went on a diet, with only the occasional glass of whiskey or a beer with a meal. I don't smoke and never have. As I have two small children I am up early every day, so it's easier just not to drink alcohol.

Q: Do you take any health supplements?

A: As a singer I cannot afford to get a cold so I take Vitamin C and a multi-vitamin with iron. Also, what I do is quite physical so I need a lot of energy. Fortunately, I don't take colds that often and I believe it is down to the vitamins. I think they are worth taking, even with a healthy diet.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: When I do get some time off I spend it with my children, going for walks in the country, on the beach and in the park, so it's healthy outdoors activity for them too. I don't watch a lot of TV, as when I'm at home it's with the kids so it's their programmes. Getting out on the bike is my time too.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: Not so well when I'm working as I drink so much coffee. Very often when I get in I will stay up and just watch TV to unwind before going to bed.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: Yes, because in my profession you have to be active which I why I try to keep fit and healthy. I worry about the longevity of my career.

Q: What is your go-to product/habit that keeps you feeling healthy?

A: Eating bananas, as they are great for energy, and Vitamin C for keeping colds at bay.

  • Dave Martin and Casino Cats will be playing at the Galgorm Resort & Spa outside Ballymena on Sunday, from 1-6pm. For details visit davemartinmusic.com/

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