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Me and my health: Curtis Allen discusses his lifestyle


By Helen Carson

The 29-year-old footballer, who lives in Belfast and is engaged to fiancee Cheryl Thompson, is a striker for Glentoran Football Club.

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

A: I have football training with my club three nights of the week and each sessions lasts between one and one-and-a-half hours as well as a game on Saturday. I also go to the gym two to three times a week where I will do free weights, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) or circuits to keep myself in peak fitness. I never spend any longer than an hour at the gym.

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

A: I tore a ligament in my ankle when we were in Detroit, USA, a month ago - the team were playing exhibition matches. Unfortunately I sustained the injury in a warm-up game against Detroit City which meant I was unable to play for the rest of the time. While it was disappointing not to be able to take part it was still a fantastic trip. I had an X-ray in America and was relieved that it wasn't broken. So I've been having regular physiotherapy since late May and then some rehab. I won't be playing with the Glens pre-season but will be ready when the new football season begins and I'm back to full fitness.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: Pretty good as I pay attention to what I eat. Breakfast is usually porridge, then mid-morning I will have three boiled eggs; lunch is chicken and vegetables and dinner is similar - chicken and salad or sweet potato. I don't drink fizzy drinks during the week but after a game on Saturday will have a pizza or Chinese takeaway. It's the only time I do.

Deep pan pizza

Q: Any bad habits?

A: I love fish and chips but I wait until the weekend to have them. Sometimes I will overdo the fizzy drinks as I've been looking forward to them all week.

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

A: I don't smoke but do have a drink although very rarely - maybe once a month if even that. I like having a beer especially at a barbecue or on holiday.

Q: Do you take any health supplements?

A: Daily protein shakes which I have at least once a day and green tea vitamins, the latter of which are good for managing body fats. Previously I would have taken Omega 3 fish oils, but I have a habit of forgetting to take vitamins.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: Enjoying the outdoors and travelling. My fiancee Cheryl and I love going on weekend breaks to places like Paris and London where my sister lives. I also have a friend in Glasgow so we visit there quite a lot too. Another friend of ours is getting married soon in Italy so that is the next destination for a getaway.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: Very well. I go to be bed every night around 11pm and get up at 7.30am. I get a good night's sleep because I stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. Also eating well and working out in the gym means you are tired and will have no problem getting a good night's sleep. When I'm on holiday and perhaps drinking a bit more and not exercising I never feel as though I sleep well.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: No it doesn't bother me. I have been playing football since I was 16 and I still enjoy the same lifestyle now. It really hasn't changed. Of course now I get a bit sore after a match but it is not something I worry about, I'm very happy.

Q: What is your go-to product or habit which keeps you feeling healthy?

A: Protein bars as I'm not a big fan of chocolate. I enjoy a protein bar with a cup of coffee - it is just the most perfect thing. They taste good and are healthy. I'm a big fan of Grenade and Fulfil bars as they have lots of variety in terms of flavours.

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