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Me and my health: Q Radio drivetime presenter Ryan Annett on his lifestyle


Right on Q: Ryan A
Right on Q: Ryan A

Q Radio drivetime presenter Ryan A lives in Bangor with his partner Jenny (27), one-year-old daughter Sophia and dog Harvey.

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

A: Well, I started my New Year New Me at the tail end of 2018, getting started early on a weight loss journey. My line of work, as you can imagine, is standing in one spot behind the radio desk or in a pub or club when DJ-ing. It's therefore very important to get exercise scheduled for throughout the week. I now manage to get to the gym four times in the week before I start my day, doing a mix of circuits and weight training with a personal trainer and the other days by myself. It has been tough, but I'm starting to feel great!

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

A: Thankfully I have been okay and have nothing major to report. I suppose I can say I am lucky. When I do get sick though, I'm a very bad patient, even with the cold or flu. I've managed to avoid any illness this winter. I do remember having chickenpox as a child, if that counts. I remember it being a painful experience.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: Now my diet is okay. I used to eat a lot of junk food. My diet was terrible; I had no routine and ate on the go - not the best way to live. I'm glad I've wised up and am now on a real health kick, thinking about what I eat and trying to stay within my calories. I still like to have my one cheat meal a week, but I can't say I enjoy it as much as I used to. I'm always thinking of all that work at the gym or what will I have to do to burn this off.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: I am a time waster. My girlfriend Jenny tells me this all the time and she is so right. I notice it, but I can't help it. I would have to be somewhere in five minutes and I would start tidying the house/doing dishes/staring at my phone. I would do things that can wait until later. I'm not as bad as I used to be, but it's still a terrible habit.

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

A: Not at all, although I do keep a bottle of beer chilling in the fridge in case I do feel like one if I have a rare night off. Call me a bore, but I really don't get excited about getting out for a drink. I can happily be in the company of people in the pub and love the craic, but can sip on a soft drink. Some people don't believe me when I say I don't drink. They think it's weird as I'm always in the pub/club environment, but I'm only there to do a job.

Q: Do you take any supplements? 

A: Now that I'm back to the gym, my PT has got me on protein shakes which I look forward to after the gym session. Strawberries and cream flavour or vanilla are my favourite as they taste like a proper treat.

Q: How do you take time out? 

A: A day at the park with my daughter is the best time to relax - or a family walk. It takes my mind off my busy lifestyle for an hour or two before I get back into it.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: Brilliantly! The problem is trying to get me up! I'm that person who as soon as my head hits the pillow I fall asleep within five minutes. I do put it down to always living life in the fast lane and working plenty of late nights after a night of work, so usually I can't wait to get into bed.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: Yes. Very much so. I try not to think that far ahead but I'm forever thinking of the future. I hope I follow my grandparents' path as they are now in their 70s and still going very well!

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

A: My healthy meals are my go-to products. I have been strict with what I eat and when I eat it and it's amazing how well you feel within a week of clean eating. It does wonders for your mind.

Tune in to Ryan A weekdays on Q Radio from 4pm-7pm on 96.7FM

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