Gary Wallace is the Founder of CORE NI and CORE Kids’ Summer Camps which are running throughout Northern Ireland this summer.
Do you take regular exercise, and if so, what?
Yes, but I just call it movement. I aim to move every day, which could be a walk, run, gym, bike or swim. I enjoy being active, especially outdoors.
I am blessed where I live. I am only 10 minutes from the Gortin Glens Forest, which has mountain bike, running trails, and beautiful lakes. I keep myself motivated by signing up for challenges. My last challenge was to run an ultra-marathon, and at the point of signing up, I had never run more than 10k.
Through CORE NI and our CORE Kids Summer Camps, my team and I teach kids how to fall in love with physical activity, which comes as second nature as I love physical activity myself.
What is the worst illness you’ve had?
Man flu! Thankfully I haven’t had a severe illness, but I did have to have surgery on my back at 24-years-old to relieve a compressed disc.
How healthy is your diet?
I would say above average. I love to eat healthy foods, but at the same time, if there are chocolate or biscuits in front of me, they won’t last too long.
Any bad habits?
Comfort or more boredom eating at night. I have started to prevent this by intermitting fasting. I stop eating around 8pm and not have any food until noon the next day. There is a lot of evidence behind the benefits of intermittent fasting, but I like it as it introduces good habits of not eating when there is no need, and I’m not actually hungry.
Do you drink and smoke/ if so, how much?
Smoke, no. Drink, yes. I enjoy a glass of red wine with dinner now and again. A few pints of Guinness in a local pub or after golf always hits the spot; and on occasion, I enjoy a big night out too!
Do you take any supplements?
I used to when I was playing sport to help build and repair my body. Now I try to meet my daily requirements through whole foods
How do you take time out?
Being active outdoors and reading. I have started to read a lot more in the area of self-development and mindfulness. I joined an online reading club where we meet every morning at 5.45am. We will read for 30 minutes, followed by a discussion. It’s a brilliant way to start the day and put what you have learned into practice.
How well do you sleep?
Good. Sleep is something that I pay a lot of attention to. It would be the biggest trigger of my mood, performance and choices. If I don’t get enough sleep, seven to eight hours, it can play havoc with my mood and decision making.
Do you worry about getting old?
No, not really. It’s all a matter of perception. I don’t feel or look old, and I want to keep active for the rest of my life. The dynamic may change, but I aim to still keep moving.
What is the go-to product that keeps you feeling healthy?
Natural foods. There is no better feeling than consuming wholesome, colourful natural foods. No product can replace how good that makes the body feel and react.
CORE Kids Summer Camps provide kids with the many positive experiences of playing multi-sports, games, and physical activities. CORE Kids caters for four to 12-year-olds and CORE Tiny Tots are for three to four-year-olds. Summer camp dates are throughout July and August. For further information, check out CORE NI on Facebook or see www.coreni.co.uk