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“I love exercising as a couple. Sometimes I even agree to embarrass myself with yoga”

Comedian, radio star and TV presenter Andy Lee on working out with his partner, being called “Hamish” and how he lost – and gained – 7kg in lockdown

- INTERVIEW BY ADRIENNE TAM Andy Lee

Do you and your partner Rebecca Harding like exercising together? Maybe some couple’s yoga? Yeah, we love exercising as a couple. She has me using bum bands, which have my glutes aching for days. We like going to Pilates and I occasional­ly agree to embarrass myself with yoga. Joint workouts work well for us; I can’t say the same about when we teamed up to take on the games in The Cube [the game show Lee currently hosts]. We didn’t get past the second game and argued as to whose fault that was for quite a while. For the record, it was Bec’s.

So, um, what type of exercise do you enjoy? A lot of golf, which gets me a

10km walk. I still play field hockey and love some HIIT training with Bec when we can. A HIIT program we like is called the “Deck of Cards”. You take a full pack of cards and assign an exercise to each suit: hearts = push-ups; spades = sit-ups, clubs = squats, etc. You then shuffle and turn over a card. Eight of spades means you’ve got to do eight sit-ups. You keep going until you complete the pack. It turns out to be about 100 reps of each. Bec insists on me keeping the joker cards, but they’re meant to earn you 20 burpees. I’ve lost the joker cards and have zero regret. What do you love to eat that’s good for you, and what do you love to eat that’s not so good for you? Bec cooks a mean kale curry, but I’m more at home at the pub with a parma and a pint. I get a pretty even spread of both in.

How do you think you’d go if you were the one forced to play your way out on The Cube? Appallingl­y. So thankfully I’m the host. Actually, no-one is ever going to test me on this hypothetic­al question, so I’m changing my answer to: I’d be brilliant and would complete every single game with one hand tied behind my back and without losing a single life.

What would your ideal game be in the show – as in, what are you good at doing? I’d back myself at catching and also untying the knots in headphone cords, which is currently not a game. We’re used to seeing you and your frequent collaborat­or and friend Hamish Blake on screen together – what’s it like doing hosting duties alone? It was pretty good, besides the occasional contestant calling me “Hamish”, so it did feel like he was there.

“When it comes to hangovers, I attack the day. Once you hit the couch, it’s all over”

It was a tough 2020 for many, and we’re also a stressed-out nation with a lot on our plates. How do you keep mentally healthy? Exercise helped a lot. When pubs were closed in lockdown, I lost 7kg. Pubs have opened back up and I have found those 7kg.

Drinking (at home) has spiked during COVID and especially through lockdown. Did you find the same happened for you, and what’s your hangover cure?

I didn’t drink all that much in the second lockdown but when it comes to hangovers, I take the mind-overmatter approach and just attack the day. I reckon once you hit the couch or stay in bed, it’s all over.

What do you wish you’d known about sooner in terms of health and wellness? It’s less about exercise and more about diet. Which is really disappoint­ing.

The Cube airs Tuesday and Wednesday at 7.30pm on Network Ten.

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