Niall joined healf this week as our content manager 🙌
We asked 5 questions to help gain a better understanding of how health plays a role in Niall's lifestyle.
1) Eat, move, mind or sleep - which is most important to you?
A: SLEEP - I've never had that many problems with my sleep which I'm grateful for and probably a lot of that is down to my consistent routine and sleep/wake times. But on the odd occasion that I get any less than 7 and a half hours, there seems to be a negative domino effect on the rest of the four pillars. I feel less inclined to get active, eat healthy, socialise and bond with people. Sleep is the foundation to my healthy lifestyle.
2) What’s your favourite wellness ritual?
A: Without a doubt, the closest feeling of bliss to me is when I'm in a consistent routine, working out, with a friend and ensuring I take my recovery ritual just as serious as the workout.
- 30 minutes pre workout I take the 9 essential amino acids, glutamine and creatine to increase performance and optimise recovery.
- Working out with friends. I prioritise HIIT and Calisthenic workouts as they're the most natural for my body type. Never too intense so I can come back the next day. No days off.
- Post workout, its straight to the sauna, ice bath, steam room and then followed by a long soak at home in a bath with 1kg magnesium salts.
3) Q: Talk us through your day before 9am.
A: For as long as I can remember, I have always been a morning person and believe a good routine first thing will set you up for the rest of the day:
- I sleep without an alarm and leave the blinds open for natural light and naturally wake around 6:30/7am.
- Make myself a glass of water with fresh lemon and Himalayan salt before heading outside into natural light and gently stretching for 10 minutes or so.
- Back inside for coffee. I restrict myself to one a day and have a three week period of caffeine and one week of decaf to reset my adrenal glands.
- Whilst drinking my coffee, I go over the todo list and re-align myself with what needs to be done before having breakfast and daily supplements.
4) In what place do you feel healthiest?
A: When I'm at home. I believe routine is the most important thing for a sustainable healthy lifestyle and when I'm at home my routine is hardly ever disrupted. I'm always adjusting my routine with small positive changes such as implementing sauna or new supplements so it becomes very intricate and the only way to maintain this 100% is when at home.
5) How did your health journey begin?
A: For as long as I can remember I have been obsessed with sports and being the best. I'm overly competitive and this increased when I start playing Football at the age of 7. I've always had a drive to be the best and made decisions from a young age to train harder and eat healthier than anyone else. This probably stems from my Dad who was British Champion in Triathlon and has always stressed the importance of putting in work to be better than anyone else along with growing up watching his eating habits and training routines.