The 37-year-old TV presenter and former Westlife singer lives in Co Sligo with wife, Jodie Albert, an English actress and singer. They have two children, Koa (6) and Zekey (2).
Q: Do you take regular exercise – and if so what?
A: Although I’m not a huge fan of the gym I usually work out there about three times a week. However, I’m very much into getting fit and would describe myself as a physical guy who likes to keep active. Surfing off the Sligo coast is my favourite thing to do. When and how often depends on the weather, the conditions on the day and what I’m doing, but I can be out on the waves for three two-hour sessions on a good day. I took it up in my mid-20s when I was out playing golf with my dad. I spotted someone surfing and knew I wanted to try it. So the next day I got a board and a suit and some lessons, and I’ve loved it ever since.
Q: What’s the worst illness you’ve had?
A: I’ve been very fortunate with my health. While I’ve had a few injuries I’ve only ever had the odd cold or flu.
Q: How healthy is your diet?
A: I stick to the 80:20 principle (80% healthy food the rest of the time allowing treats) when it comes to what I eat, although it’s more like 65:35. I try to stay away from junk food everyday but I do enjoy a burger and chips as much as anyone else. Breakfast is always eggs with toast or porridge, I never eat cereal. For the rest of the day it’s a sensible approach to eating, trying to cut out sugar and not putting cream in my curries. I want to set a good example for my kids as the amount of sugar in some foods is too much.
Q: Any bad habits?
A: I probably drink too much caffeine. In the morning I will have two cups of coffee. In the evening I do enjoy a cup of tea with a biscuit of maybe a packet of crisps.
Q: Do you drink and/or smoke – if so, how much?
A: I don’t smoke but do take a drink. If I go out on a Saturday night I will have about four or five beers, maybe more depending on the occasion. I always drink Becks because it’s German so it has fewer chemicals.
Q: Do you take any health supplements?
A: No not really, just because I rarely take them consistently. I’m sure there are vitamins at home but I never seem to take the time to stick with them.
Q: How do you take time out?
A: Surfing, because it is the most amazing way to have time to myself. It’s just you and the sea, away from mobile phones. I’ve been really lucky to have had the opportunity to surf all over the world when I was with Westlife and surfing holidays too. I’ve surfed in Australia, Morocco, the Caribbean, Africa and the Far East. Surfing in Ireland is great too and the wetsuit technology now is so advanced you can be out on the waves in the cold.
Q: How well do you sleep?
A: Pretty well. I probably get seven to eight hours a night. I didn’t always sleep well when I was with Westlife, but once I had kids I had no problem, I just fall into bed now I am so tired. Previously I would stay awake until 1am and be up between 10 and 11am, but the kids have knocked that right out.
Q: Do you worry about getting old?
A: Yes and no. In terms of my capability I’m not worried about what I can and cannot do. I was in the Maldives surfing recently and there was a 72-year-old man out there on his board. So that reassured me that I can do that too when I am his age.
Q: What it your go-to product or habit that keeps you feeling healthy?
A: It is definitely surfing. And surfing was the reason why that I had no hesitation in getting involved with Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week (June 2-11). It is awful when you see the rubbish strewn around our coastlines. If I see any rubbish I pick it up and take it home to dispose of and everyone should be taking their rubbish home with them too.
- Kian Egan is an ambassador the Coca-Cola Clean Coasts week (June 2-11). A survey revealed that 97% of people in Northern Ireland experience litter on our coastline, but just 15% of people admit to littering. With an increase of 12% in 2016, Northern Ireland drew 2.6 million visitors to the province, generating £614m in tourism revenue. Our coastline remains one of the industry’s most valuable assets. Visit liveherelovehere.org for more information on coastal events.