UTV presenter Julian Simmons (40+) lives in Belfast and is single. He loves walking in the great outdoors and likes to get his beauty sleep
Julian Simmons — no longer a gym bunny, the TV star now likes walking in the fresh air |
Do you get eight hours sleep a night?
Yes, I do. Not every night, but most. I think it’s very important for wellbeing that one does. I travel a lot and sometimes when I come back from a trip I can’t sleep properly, maybe due to the time differences, so I always make sure I lie down for an afternoon nap.
Early bird or night owl?
A night owl, when I put my mind to it. If I’m not going to go out I make sure my phone is off, lock the doors and have an early night.
Sleep is one of the most important things you need to help you stay healthy. Also, make sure you drink a lot of water.
Do you have a high pain threshold?
I’ve been told by the dentist that I have. If I’m going to appear on TV I wouldn’t have a painkilling injection, which would leave me with that numb feeling in my mouth afterwards. Unless the dentist says I definitely do have to have an injection, then you can forget it, I won’t have it.
When was your immune system at its best?
I guess the time my immune system was at its best was when I was working for Air Canada at Heathrow and they scraped the air conditioning system at Terminal 3 to find every virus known to man contained in it! Afterwards we all seemed to stop getting coughs and colds.
Have you ever experienced depression?
Old wives’ tales or as the doctor ordered?
Mostly what the doctor ordered. My mother always used to say I was going to get lumbago as I was always going without my coat. She thought I was never wearing enough clothes and said I would end up with lumbago if I didn’t get ‘happed-up’ enough.
When did you last visit the doctor?
Last spring when I had two skin tags taken off.
Last time you were feeling under the weather what did you do?
If I’m feeling a bit run down I take myself off to have a steak, that generally does the trick. A steak and an early night.
Do you calorie count?
To a certain extent I do. Nine months ago I was tested for allergies. All my friends were getting the test done so I thought I would too, just to see what the outcome would be. As a result I no longer have milk, cheese or butter and I’ve cut right back on bread.
That has taken quite a lot of weight off me. I don’t buy bread now or even have it in the house. It’s given me a lot more energy.
It turned out I was allergic to most of the things that I was reared on — bread, milk, cheese and butter.
Do you eat your five a day?
I do try. I eat a lot of salads and buy some raw beans and things to go with them. I drink a lot of juice and I enjoy my fruit, too.
Do you take any supplements?
I take a vitamin range called Solgar Multi 50 range. There are 50 ingredients in each tablet including cod liver oil and ginkgo balboa. I first came across them in Harrods in London, but now I get them from Framar Health on the Lisburn Road in Belfast. They give me my oomph.
Do you exercise?
Yes, I do. I walk a hell of a lot. I was a real gym bunny for a while and used to go four or
five times a week, but there are so many other things you can do with your time. Walking in the fresh air is one of them. I love going for a brisk walk with my iPod. That’s much nicer than being in the gym.
Do you believe in the mid-life crisis?
Well, I know it does happen with people but I don’t think it’s happened to me. Not unless it’s still ahead of me. It affects marriages and things. Some people turn into party animals, well I do all that anyway. But people can suddenly change and it can destroy marriages.
Is sex vital to overall wellbeing?
Absolutely we all know it is!
Best advice ever received?
Get out and enjoy every day as if it is your last. If someone called me up and said to me to come to a party at the other side of the world, I would say yes and then worry about the logistics of getting there afterwards. If I wake up every day feeling fine then I’m ok.
Have you ever donated blood?
No, I’m very squeamish about needles. At Heathrow, when people cut themselves and needed first aid I was able to deal with |it. I just went into a ‘mode’ |and somehow dealt with it that way.
The Organ Debate — would you?
Yes, I think that we should all carry organ donor cards. The body you have is like a spacesuit for this life, then you shed it when you die.
Hair of the dog?
I don’t drink a lot so I never have a hangover.
I’m no good with alcohol — I just go to sleep. A lot of people say they’d like to see me rightly, but a glass of wine over dinner with friends is about it.
I drink cranberry juice when I’m out, although I’ve a friend who always insists that I do a shot of tequila. I always argue the bit out.
Desert island must have?
Factor 50 suncream until I get my shelter built and I’ve somewhere to get into the shade. I don’t want to burn in the sun.