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Me and my health: Fooballer Aaron Smyth on his lifestyle

By Helen Carson

The 28-year-old right back has just signed for Glentoran Football Club in Belfast on a two-year contract. Aaron, who works as a site labourer for a construction firm, lives in Belfast with his girlfriend Christina and their three children Aaron (8), Clodagh (6) and Nathan (3)

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

A: As a footballer, I train with the club three nights a week and a match on Saturday. Pre-season I will also go to the gym three days a week to do weight training and some running.

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

A: In terms of illness, nothing serious. But I did suffer a bone weakness injury through over-exercise about eight years ago. I had to rest for six months then go into rehabilitation to build up the muscles again.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: I eat a clean diet (unprocessed food) most of the time. I start the days with eggs, usually just the whites only, then at 10am I have porridge and fruit with either chicken or tuna salad for lunch. Dinner is a stir fry - I eat a lot of meat, so my diet is high in protein. I am naturally thin so I can eat carbs such as potatoes without worrying about putting on too much weight. My job is very active, too, which helps.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: Chocolate - I have a sweet tooth and crave chocolate to the point I have to give into it. I have a bar of chocolate everyday, something like a Cadbury's Caramel, with a cup of tea when I'm on a break from work.

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

A: I don't smoke, but only drink when I go out which isn't every week. I will go for six weeks without having a drink and I'm not overly fond of the taste of alcohol. When I take a drink it will be a few beers. When I'm training I tend to stick to white lemonade.

Q: Do you take health supplements?

A: Occasionally I will take Creatine or magnesium and take Actimel everyday. My mum used to give me vitamins regularly but since I left home I don't take them and rely on the nutrients in my food.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: I don't have a lot of spare time, but when I do, I enjoy watching shows like Big Brother or Love Island on TV. I watch Coronation Street and EastEnders, too, because of Christina.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: Very well and only occasionally wake up in the middle of the night. I can cope, though, if I only get a couple of hours sleep - doing a day's work is no problem, I will not crash. It's when I get home and sit down that I will nod off.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: No. I will always train and eat well because if I don't I feel lethargic.

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

A: Drinking water. I drink up to four litres of water everyday and take a two-litre bottle to work with me, then fill that up again. I also take green and black tea to drink and the odd cup of coffee.

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