Hugh Jackman must be happy he’s not married to me. A few months ago I read an interview where the actor spoke about his actual wife, Australian actress Deborah Lee Furness. Hugh loves to wax lyrical about Deborah Lee. He’s very into her.
During the interview, Hugh explained that the thing he loves most about his wife is her hunger for new experiences. ‘Deb never wants to go to the same restaurant twice,’ he marveled. ‘She literally can’t bear the thought that we’re wasting our lives eating Chinese food somewhere we’ve been before when there are a thousand other Chinese restaurants out there. I love that about her. Life is never boring.’
Well, that’s my divorce with Hugh right there (had we, in fact, been married). Because I love going to the same restaurant twice or better still, 200 times. Occasionally, under duress, I’ll venture somewhere new but never under my own volition.
Mostly in life, I find something I like and I stick with it. Breakfast. Clothing labels. TV shows. Thai take-away dishes. Even exercise.
Yes, I realise it’s better for your health and fitness to cross-train but I never have. Ever since I abandoned aerobics in the early 90s, I’ve essentially done the same type of exercise: cardio machines. Give or take the odd flirtation with yoga or pilates, I do my exercise at home where I have a treadmill.
So I’m not sure how Zumba managed to lure me out of my exercise comfort zone and into a big empty hall one cold, rainy evening a couple of weeks ago. If you own a TV and watch it late at night, you’ll have heard about Zumba. You may even have been tempted to shell out $49.99 in three easy payments for your very own set of 8 Zumba DVDs that will help you get ‘a Zumba body’ right in your own home! (Postage is extra. Results May Vary.)
These rather hypnotic advertorials have been running for a couple of years now and while I’m delighted to kick back on my lounge while watching all the sexy, tanned people bouncing and gyrating to South American music, I never imagined myself among them.
Until I was. The seed was planted a few years ago when I watched the first series of So You Think You Can Dance and remembered how much I used to enjoy dance classes before I became a teenager and discovered boys. Then I kept meeting people who had gone to Zumba classes. “So much fun” they raved unanimously. ‘Such a great workout”.