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Me and my health: DJ Curtis McCosh on his lifestyle


By Helen Carson

The 26-year-old Cool FM presenter lives in Bangor with his girlfriend Ashleigh Halliday (25), who is a dental nurse.

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

A: I go to the gym about three times a week usually, although I have been slacking a bit recently since we got our Jack Russell, Alfie (below). He's a rescue dog and very active - he certainly keeps me on my toes. I take him for walks locally about four times a day, sometimes just around the block or into the town centre. I also play tennis in the summer with my brother, but that is weather dependent when you live here.

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

A: I've been lucky with my health, although I did have a bout of pneumonia when I was 17. It developed from a chest infection which I thought would go away by itself but turned into something worse. I was in bed ill for two weeks and, being a teenager, it felt like a disaster to me. I had a broken arm too when I was a kid, but that's about it.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: It could be better, as I absolutely love pizza, it is my downfall. Luckily my girlfriend is big into health and fitness and she does most of the cooking at home. Breakfast is usually cereal or porridge, then for lunch I'll just grab a sandwich for work. Dinner is either a home-cooked meal or out for something to eat at Slim's Healthy Kitchen.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: Because I'm one of those people who are always rushing about, sometimes I don't have time for breakfast.

While I wouldn't say I was addicted to caffeine, I'm currently trying to cut my five cups a day down to two. I usually have a coffee from the vending machine in work, so it's a cappuccino, but I'm trying to replace those with black coffee and sweeteners rather than sugar. When I'm out at night socialising I drink Red Bull, so that's also on my list to cut down on, too.

Curtis McCosh with his girlfriend Ashleigh Halliday

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

A: I don't smoke and don't drink a great deal. If I'm out it will be two beers, and maybe more if I'm on a big night out with friends. I don't drink when I'm sitting at home.

Q: Do you take any health supplements?

A: I take Centrum Multivitamins... when I remember. In the rush around in the morning, I do tend to forget sometimes.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: Before we got Alfie I would go home after work and either listen to music, watch TV or have a game on the PlayStation, but now I take him out for walks. Going out for a long walk with the dog and the headphones on really helps me unwind. Working at a radio station is the job that I love, but it can be really busy. Since I started working at Cool FM, I've become fascinated with radio and love tuning into other stations all around the world and listening to them. It really helps me to zone out.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: I have no problem getting to sleep... it's getting out of bed in the morning that is the challenge. Ashleigh gets up about 7.30am, so then Alfie comes up and sits at the bottom of the bed waiting for me to take him out for a walk.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: Rather than worry about getting old - as it's inevitable - I'm concerned about how fast life is going by. Because I'm doing the job that I wanted, it's a case of 'time flies, when you're having fun'. I just want to make the best of everything that comes my way.

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

A: Going to the gym - even though I haven't been there as often lately. I took part in Cool FM's Cash for Kids 5k a day challenge, so I went to the gym and cycled for 5k and ran or walked for 5k every day and it was the best I've ever felt in my life. Being mentally healthy is also important and I like to meet up with mates I may not have seen in a long time for lunch or coffee - it's a great way to put work aside and enjoy myself.

  • You can hear Curtis McCosh on Cool FM Monday to Friday from 1-4pm and on Saturday at 2pm

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