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Me and my health: Broadcaster Lynette Fay on her lifestyle


Content: Lynette Fay

Content: Lynette Fay

Content: Lynette Fay

The 42-year-old hosts The Lynette Fay Show on BBC Radio Ulster. Originally from Dungannon, she lives in Belfast with partner Gavin and daughter Neansai.

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

A: I try to fit exercise into my day as much as possible. Even with Covid restrictions, life can get very busy and it can be hard to get motivated to exercise. I had tried to get myself back on the road to fitness by doing some Pilates classes. Thankfully, they have continued online and I now try to do at least one a week which is great as it helps with my busy lifestyle. I walk regularly - usually with my daughter in her pram in tow. I am slowly making my way back to running and recently completed a couple of 20-minute runs.

Q: What is the worst illness you've had?

A: Thankfully, I haven't been very ill at all. I had my appendix removed, and recovery was very slow. I have also had a caesarean section, having my daughter, and it is taking time to get back on track after that. I completely underestimated just how much it would affect me, but it's getting better.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: I am quite healthy but definitely not a health freak. I can't leave the house without eating breakfast. Monday to Thursday, I eat lunch at my desk as I don't have time to lift my head with work. My computer is usually in front of me at all times when I'm working. Cereal, fruit and yoghurt are the three staples in my diet, and I eat a lot of fish and cook a lot at the weekends. I also try to batch cook if I can be bothered.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: Of course! A packet of biscuits can easily disappear in no time, depending on the biscuits, so I tend not to buy them. Post pregnancy, I could eat my body weight in chocolate. I haven't been like that in years. Oven chips have also become a go-to easy accompaniment to dinner.

Q: Do you drink and smoke? If so, how much?

A: Between Covid-19 and having a baby, I don't go out much, and I really don't have any desire to. If we get a quiet-ish night over the weekend, we will definitely have a bottle of wine with dinner and perhaps a gin after that. I rarely drink during the week because I'm usually in bed by 10pm.

Q: Do you take any supplements?

A: No. I try to take some vitamins, but fail to do so regularly.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: The way my life is now, time out is a treat and an indulgence. A nine-month-old baby has seen to that. My daughter is finding her feet and trying her best to walk at present, so every day is a busy adventure. I'm very lucky that family members happily take her for a day once in a while. That helps to recharge the batteries.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: I check my Fitbit every morning to see how I have slept, instead of tuning in to how I feel. I spoke to a sleep expert on the radio show recently, and felt a little foolish when she pointed this out to me. At the moment, the baby is sleeping well, so we are sleeping well, but this could change any day. I now go to bed a lot earlier than I used to and I have a new appreciation for mornings. I enjoy being up early. I hardly recognise myself. If I now get seven hours' sleep per night, I count myself lucky. A lie in is a thing of the past.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: I try not to think about this, and take each day as it comes. I definitely see an older version of myself looking back at me in the mirror these days and I am gradually getting used to it.

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

A: First and foremost it has to be water, and also a vitamin C drink.

The Lynette Fay Show is on Monday to Thursday from 3-4pm on BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Sounds. Folk Club with Lynette Fay is on Fridays at 10.30pm on BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Sounds. Visit the new BBC Radio Ulster playlist Where Music Matters at bbc.co.uk/musicni

Belfast Telegraph