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Me and my health: Jamie Mulgrew discusses his lifestyle


By Helen Carson

The 30-year-old captain of Linfield Football Club, who runs his own coaching business Supreme Sports, lives in Bangor with his wife Claire and their six-month-old daughter Isla.

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

A: I train with Linfield three times a week and play a game on Saturday. I also go to the gym once a week where I do light weights or a circuit class.

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

A: Fortunately I've never been seriously ill, but I injured my ankle in training about five years ago when I tore ligaments. I was unable to play for two and a half months. My leg was put in a supportive boot at A&E and I could walk with crutches. Then I had to do four weeks in rehab with a physiotherapist before I was fully fit again.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: Pretty healthy during the week. Breakfast is either porridge or boiled eggs with toast or sometimes Claire makes me a fruit smoothie with Greek yoghurt. For lunch I tend to eat a lot of tuna with sweetcorn or onion with Jacobs crackers which come in lots of different flavours. Dinner is usually a family meal cooked by Claire and we will have things like homemade chicken and broccoli bake or meat, such as steak or chicken, with potatoes and veg.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: Eating big portion sizes, that is my problem. If Claire has made a lasagne or a chicken and broccoli bake and there is some left over I will always help myself to more. It's the same with packets of biscuits - once they're open I can't leave them alone. It's got to the stage when we are shopping, I tell Claire to not buy any biscuits.

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

A: I don't smoke and since we've had Isla there are no more big nights out drinking and partying. Now I enjoy a couple of beers when we're out and occasionally an Amaretto and Coke.

Q: Do you take any health supplements?

A: Not anymore. I had a personal trainer once and because of the amount of exercise I was doing he recommended taking vitamin C and other supplements to make sure I was getting enough nutrition. I didn't make a conscious decision not to take them anymore I just got out of the habit.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: My wife would say that I don't know the meaning of time out...because my life revolves so much around football. When I'm not playing and training for Linfield I'm in primary schools coaching football as I run my own business. When I do occasionally get time off I like to sit down and watch American or UK TV series... I don't watch soaps, you won't find me watching EastEnders. Sunday is family time, though, and myself, Claire and Isla will go out somewhere for a walk or just spend time together.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: Not well, I wish I did - even before we had Isla. If I wake in the middle of the night it will be hard to get back to sleep again as I'll start thinking about all the things I have to do that day. Things play on my mind at night and seem worse than they are. Then it's hard to fall asleep again.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: At this stage of my life I'm 30 so I worry about what I will do if I cannot play football anymore. I've been with the club (Linfield) for 12 years so some day I will have to find something else to do. I worry about finding something that I will enjoy as much as I have football and be able to provide for my family.

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

A: On Friday when I finish my last coaching session after 7pm I can't wait to get home and then we will all head out to dinner. We love eating in restaurants either in Bangor or Donaghadee. Some of our favourite places to go are Grace Neill's and The Ava.

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