Me and my health: Q Radio presenter Stephen Clements on his lifestyle
The 45-year-old Q Radio presenter lives in Carrickfergus with his wife Natasha (37) and their two children, Poppy (7) and Robbie (3).
Q: Do you take regular exercise and if so, what?
A: I go to the gym at least three times a week and train with a good friend of mine, Simon Loughlin. The main reason behind this was to try and stay in decent physical shape as, being in my 40s now and having two young kids, I didn't want to be running around after them out of breath. I'm not a huge fan of gyms per se, however as I've become friendlier with Simon, I've kind of become a wee bit addicted to it. I've an addictive personality, so at least this is something that can be used for good..
Q: What's the worst illness you have had?
A: Touching wood, I've never really had any bad illnesses. I haven't had a day off work sick in about 11 years (from any of my many jobs, actually) and I'm quite proud of that fact. When I was a child I had an illness called purpura, which can be quite serious. Purpura causes red or purple discoloured spots on the skin and is caused by bleeding underneath the skin. Although I spent most of my summer holidays in the Royal Victoria Hospital children's ward when I was about four or five, there were no lasting effects.
Q: How healthy is your diet?
A: My diet is actually fairly healthy. I eat as much fresh food as I can and rarely eat anything processed or takeaways. I'm not a huge fan of fried food either, so it's easy enough. I do have a sweet tooth though and recently have been (fairly successfully I'd say) cutting down on refined sugar. I love anything sweet and especially, having the children, if there is a bag of Haribo sweets in the house, once they are opened I am the one who ends up eating them. If I am out for dinner I have a healthy main course and then order the sweetest dessert on the menu, usually with chocolate or fudge or salted caramel. I've also been trying to drink two litres of water every day and enjoy fizzy drinks too, but am going for the sugar-free option.
Q: Any bad habits?
A: I don't have any real bad habits.
Q: Do you drink and/or smoke - if so, how much?
A: I don't drink alcohol at all. I'm not a huge fan, and even if I was, my job (early starts and often late nights) wouldn't really allow for it. That and having two young children who don't seem to be able to grasp the concept of 'lie-in' yet, means alcohol is impossible.
Q: Do you take any health supplements?
A: I don't take any health supplements, although sometimes if I'm training hard I will take some protein shakes (only natural) from my friend Sarah, who works at Framar Health. I'm not too sure if it has an effect, but from a placebo point of view, I feel better for it.
Q: How do you take time out?
A: Taking time out is something I need to get better at. I find it difficult to just switch off. On the rare occasions I do get time to myself, I invariably fill it with jobs or chores. I take my wee dog out every night though, and that's a nice way to clear the head.
Q: How well do you sleep?
A: I literally sleep as soon as my head touches the pillow. Literally.
I have no problems sleeping at all!
Q: Do you worry about getting old?
A: Even though I am getting old, I guess I don't worry about it too much. These years have been probably the most enjoyable for me and to be honest, I'm fit and healthy and have an amazing family and lifestyle. Maybe if you ask me that in 10 years, when there are aches and pains etc, maybe I'll start worrying more. I am fairly laid-back and don't worry about too much, to be fair.
Q: What is your go-to product/habit that keeps you feeling healthy?
A: Going to the gym makes me feel healthy. As I mentioned, my original motivation was for my kids, and that remains so. However, I'd say it is an even 50/50 between physical and mental improvement for me when I go. Just spending an hour (sometimes less) there will make me feel physically, emotionally and mentally a million times better than the moment before I stepped inside the gym. It's motivating myself to get there sometimes that's the challenging part.
Stephen Clements presents the breakfast show on Q Radio with Cate Conway, weekdays, 6am-10am