With the Irish public being urged to maintain social distancing and self-isolate if required, we are increasingly looking for movies to watch, books to read and rooms to clean.

RTÉ Sport is speaking to our sports stars and asking how they're using their time and tweaking their training routines to stay fit and healthy.

Today, it's the turn of Galway hurler Conor Whelan.


What's the first thing you do in the morning?
I usually brush the teeth and make a smoothie using natural yoghurt, mixed berries and orange juice. 

What’s your favourite exercise?
It would have to be circuit training. Or five-a-side soccer in the winter time.

Is there one particular skill you practice every day?
Mostly the basic skills of the game. Striking, first touch and catching against a wall to keep the eye in focus. 

Netflix and chill or a nice evening jog?
A mixture of both. It’s mostly raining these days so Netflix and chill is the safest bet. 

Name one book you want to read
I’d like to read the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. It’s a book on positive mindset which I have been meaning to get around to.

On a scale on 1 to 10, how good are your DIY skills?
My DIY skills would be fairly decent. My father is a builder so we have always been out and about trying to fix things. I'd consider myself pretty useful. 

Have you a favourite pre-training meal to help you through a tough session?
I usually go for a wrap with rice, steak, chorizo, lettuce and mozzarella cheese. 

Name one movie you want to watch
The Terminal seems like a good movie and is on my list.

What’s the best way to stave off boredom?

I think planning is key. I have a weekly schedule and I like to have my days planned out. It gives a focus, I don't forget anything and gives me enough time to focus on each activity.  

Have you any tips for training at home?

Find a place where there are no distractions. I find that to be the best practice as you can really zone in on the training you are doing. It is important to maintain a positive attitude regardless of where you are training and what you are doing. I think we should all see this time as a positive opportunity to spend time training, developing our skills and try to better ourselves. 

Name one documentary you want to see

Pandemic sounds like a very relevant documentary in the current climate. 

Have you discovered any new music or podcasts?

I mostly tune into football podcasts. I'm currently listening to Jamie Carragher's The Greatest Game podcast, which is excellent. 

Is there one piece of housework you can no longer avoid?

Making my bed... (mostly)

Favourite room of the house to spend time in?

Definitely my room, just to switch off from everything.