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Me and my health: UTV reporter Sara Moore on her lifestyle


Sporty type: Sara Moore
Sporty type: Sara Moore

By Linda Stewart

The 36-year-old is a reporter with UTV. Originally from Whitehead, she has recently relocated to Trillick, Co Tyrone and now covers stories in the Fermanagh and Tyrone areas. She is engaged to Proinsias and has a cat called Monkey and a dog called Rojo.

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

A: Exercise has always been a big part of my life, having played school and club hockey for years. I'm not currently playing but haven't packed away my stick just yet. I also tried football for two seasons. I wish I'd had the opportunity at school to play but it wasn't the done thing. As a child I was very active playing badminton and spending my summers sailing in Whitehead. I am very passionate about park running and love how lots of people of all ages and abilities get involved.

My friends and I try out different park runs across Northern Ireland. I would encourage anyone to try it out. Walk, crawl or run - just come and be yourself. I completed the full Belfast Marathon two years ago (still sore after the experience) and recently ran this year's Larne Half Marathon. I took part in this year's Belfast Marathon relay for the charity Storehouse in Carrickfergus. In the last two years I have started going to the gym and really enjoy weight training. Proinsias got me into it as he plays Gaelic football and is always training. I love sport and wouldn't feel like me if I wasn't doing something.

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

A: I suffered from migraines as a teenager and I can still remember the pain. It was awful. I was very stressed during my GCSEs and believe that was a trigger.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: I am more conscious of what I eat now and try to make everything from scratch (well, as best I can). Proinsias eats very healthily so that also rubs off on me. I love vegetables. I don't drink fizzy or energy drinks but I do love fizzy water and find that it fills me up when I'm trying to be good. But Indian is my favourite takeaway and - let's be honest - everyone needs chocolate, especially on a Sunday.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: Everyone has bad habits!

Q: Do you drink and smoke? If so, how much?

A: I don't smoke, but I do enjoy the occasional glass of prosecco.

Q: Do you take any supplements?

A: I sometimes take coconut oil supplements. I'm not sure they actually do anything but I love coconut!

Q: How do you take time out?

A: Exercise - going for a run always helps me unwind and I am a firm believer that exercise helps with mental health. I also enjoy hiking. My UTV colleague Judith Hill and I recently did part of the Camino pilgrimage in Spain and it was such an amazing experience. We walked around 70km in three days. I want to go back and do more of the trail - it's stunning and the coffee is out of this world. Proinsias and I also climbed Croagh Patrick. I totally underestimated how tough it would be but it was well worth it. I also go to church and spend time with friends who make me laugh. Laughing is the best medicine.

Sara Moore on part of the Camino walk in Spain
Sara Moore on part of the Camino walk in Spain

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: I love my sleep. My mum says that's all I did as a baby. The only problem is I can't get up. I hate mornings - every day, it is a struggle to get out of bed. For a while I forced myself to go to the gym before work and that did help. I love a nap on a Saturday afternoon after my park run, though.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: In general, no, ageing is inevitable. I know I'm not unique, though, in being aware of my age when thinking about perhaps having a family one day. But I'm very relaxed that there is a plan and a purpose for everyone and I have faith in that.

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

A: I cook with coconut oil and use it as a moisturiser. If I'm feeling run down, I stick a bit of fake tan on and that helps. Oh, and lots of fizzy water!

Sara is reporting for UTV with colleague Paul Reilly during the Balmoral Show, from tomorrow until Saturday, culminating in a round-up programme airing on UTV on Sunday, May 19 at 6pm

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