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Me and my health: Chris Patrick Simpson on his lifestyle

By Staff Reporter

Published 08/11/2016

Chris Patrick Simpson
Chris Patrick Simpson
Chris Patrick Simpson (left) with Jamie Dornan in The Fall

The 37-year-old lives in south Belfast with his wife, Caroline, who works for charity Christian Aid, and recently appeared in The Fall and Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie. He played nurse Ritchie in The Fall and also had leading roles in Ripper Street, The Missing and The Magdalene Sisters.

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

A: I try to undertake three to five boxing circuit classes a week. I like to train early in the morning as I feel it sets you up for the day ... plus it gets it over and done with. I also walk my rescue greyhound Molly at least once a day ... the wife walks her the rest of the time.

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

A: I've been very lucky and never had any serious illnesses. I've had a few sports injuries but nothing major so far, touch wood.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: It's normal I think. I try to eat healthy during the week with very little processed foods, but I like to have a treat or two at the weekend. I'm a great believer in everything in moderation.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: My bad habit is that when I go to the cinema, I tend to order all my snacks such as popcorn in large size. And not just one snack ... I would have several. You need a few to get you through a good or bad film. Also, who said you should share?

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

A: I like to have a few beers or glasses of wine at the weekend. I'm finding as I get older I can't do much more than that, as the next day can be a killer. So, for that reason I don't like to drink during the week.

Q: Do you take any health supplements?

A: I try to take my cod liver oil every day to help with the creaking bones, I also take some vitamin C with zinc as it helps keep colds away, especially at this time of year.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: My wife and I like taking Molly somewhere new for a nice walk. She's a bit of an older hound these days at 14 years old, so the walks are a little shorter. We used to go on walks organised by people at All about Greyhounds & Almost Home Greyhounds, a small group of good people who take in the dogs and try to re-home them after they have been discarded by the racing industry for no other reason than they were too slow for the track.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: I'm a good sleeper and like to get up early for the gym and to walk the dog. Sometimes I go to bed early but depending what new series I'm watching I can't help falling into the trap of watching one more episode.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: No not all, the older I get the more comfortable I am in myself.

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

A: My punch bag and treadmill. No matter how much you try go easy on either it's still a really tough work out.

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