The 44-year-old sports reporter and presenter for UTV and radio station U105 lives in Lisburn with her husband David Scott (45) and their two daughters Samantha (11) and Beth (7).
I was a big outdoor runner until last year, when I sustained a bad ankle injury. Now I walk the girls to school in the morning, but I need regular physiotherapy and I also see a chiropractor to help me recover. To me, exercise and fitness is about empowering movement, it is not about keeping my body slim - it is about strength and stamina.
Fortunately I have never been very ill, but having played sport since I was in school, then played competitive basketball when I was at Queen's University, I have suffered many injuries over the years. Three years ago I injured the ligament under my left knee and it hurt so bad - now, I know why footballers roll around on the pitch when they get injured. The most recent is the ankle injury which happened when I slipped off a kerb last year when I was running. Sadly for me, I didn't take care of it and ran a 10k soon after, when I shouldn't have. Although I am improving, it is possible I may never be able to run outdoors again, the injury was so bad. I have always had weak ankles; at school I had to wear high top trainers for support. Despite all the injuries I have suffered, though, I wouldn't change a thing - I loved playing sport at that level.
My diet is pretty healthy now, but after I had my elder daughter Samantha I put on four stones just eating rubbish - I ate everything that was bad for me; crisps, chocolate, fizzy drinks and junk food - things that I previously wouldn't have eaten. At the time I didn't care about what I was eating, I was just thinking about Samantha and ensuring she ate healthy food. Then I did a GI Diet and lost weight, but it took eight months to do it. I wanted my girls to be educated about food too and my husband David is a big influence, as he is a clean eater which involves a diet of whole and locally sourced fresh foods. Now I don't keep fizzy drinks in the house, so it is usually the first thing the girls order when we eat out. I do love cheese though - it is my downfall.
I have to really work at not skipping breakfast. I start work at 6am and the last thing I want to do is eat anything, so I wouldn't have anything to eat until lunchtime. If I have anything, it would be two cups of coffee rather than eating something.
I don't smoke, actually I think smoking is a disgusting habit and I simply do not understand its appeal - maybe it's because I played sports all my life and it would affect my training. I do enjoy wine and it has to be Sauvignon Blanc and from New Zealand - I am quite fussy about that. We entertain a lot at home and David is a brilliant cook, so the two things go hand in hand. But I couldn't drink all the time.
I don't see the need to take vitamins, as you can get them from your food. I have thought about glucosamine, because it is good for your joints, but I don't take anything. I get my Omega supplements from fresh fish - we have a great fishmonger in Lisburn and he even pickles his own herrings, so I go there for tuna and the herrings, of course. Eating fish is the reason I have reasonably good skin. Generally I don't take tables, not even paracetamol for a headache, as I am allergic to codeine. I find drinking water works, as headaches are usually a result of dehydration.
Having a bubble bath every night. When the girls are away to bed I run myself a hot bath and close the door - it's just me and a candle and the radio. Afterwards I will read for half an hour - I love crime novels. I don't watch a lot of TV, but will catch up on crime drama on Amazon Prime; shows like Criminal Minds and Castle are my favourites.
My sleep is reasonably good considering my working hours. There is a shift at U105 which is 11pm-3am - and that is hard the next day when I have to get up to take the girls to school. I go to bed early, though, and am good at grabbing a 10 minute nap on the sofa.
Now that I'm in my 40s, I am much more comfortable in my own skin. I don't worry about growing old at all, be that cosmetically or any other way. When I was 12 I was 5ft 9in tall and very self-conscious; now, though, I am happy. There is no embarrassment about telling anyone my age.
Definitely water. I have bottles of water stashed in my car and in my desk at work. I love Clarins make-up, which has skincare benefits - that, and eating fish.
U105 now has 237,000 listeners (RAJAR) which is a record number during its 10-year history. Denise Watson is a cross platform sports journalist at UTV/U105 who aslo fills presenting slots at the radio station