Sonia Kruger talks with Kate Minogue about the pleasure of dancing, and her exciting new work challenges.
It's great to be starting the year with big challenges. I've switched TV networks from Seven to Nine. I did have to think long and hard about making the change. But I felt like, after 11 series of [co-hosting] Dancing [with the Stars] I wanted to do something new, and when Nine offered Big Brother and Mornings, it was too good to refuse.
I didn't want to look back in a few years and wonder 'what if'. I'm having a great time meeting new people a change is as good as a holiday.
I'm lucky because these hours are the best in morning TV. I have done the morning shift, where you're getting up at 3.30am, and it's hard. Working mornings is also great because it's making me get into a routine, and I think I'm best with my exercise and food when I'm in a routine. If I'm left to my own devices in terms of exercise and diet, I get out of control.
I get up at 5.30am and switch on Today to see what's going on and make sure I'm not going to clash with what [presenters] Georgie [Gardiner] and Lisa [Wilkinson] are wearing.
I'm in the studio by 7am. There's a stack of reading to do before the show, and then usually we'll have a meeting or photoshoot after the show. I'm home by 4pm, which is nice in summer because it's still light and there's enough time to take Ferg, my dog, for a walk. Then I put my feet up for a little while.
I do like to have a little nanna nap sometimes it's just five or 10 minutes and it's usually when sport comes on the telly. It's almost like your body just needs that short sleep to keep going for the rest of the day. But I'm in bed by about 9.30pm to read, and asleep by 10.30pm.
I've started doing dance classes at the Sydney Dance Company. The great thing is it's on a casual, drop-in basis so you can go whenever it suits. I'll do Zumba, beginners jazz, hip-hop or funk.
I've realised this is the way exercise is meant to be fun. All this time I've been trying to get into an exercise routine at the gym, and with a personal trainer, which is great, but it's not the same as dancing.
On Saturdays, I'll do two-and-a-half hours of really intense exercise dancing. My hair is wet when I come out because I've been sweating so much, but I feel great. You have to think about the choreography, so there's a mental benefit for sure.
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