Interview: TOWIE star Lydia Bright and mum Debbie Douglas talk fitness, New Year’s plans and James Argent
It might be a bit early to start thinking about the post-Christmas body overhaul, but TOWIE star Lydia Bright and mum Debbie Douglas want the world to know that fitness doesn’t have to be an evil essential to darken your January. They actually think it can be pretty fun – and that’s all courtesy of a little thing called Zumba fitness.
The pair are brand ambassadors for the official Zumba® DVD, out now and available for digital demand. We spoke to their pair about their fitness regimes, New Year’s plans and resolutions, and of course a certain Mr Argent.
What’s your fitness regime?
Lydia: Naturally I’ve got a slim physique, even if I ate and ate and ate I’d never be big but I try to go to the gym three times a week and do a mixture of things. I love Zumba® because it is good cardio fitness, I love Pilates because that’s quite toning. They’re two of my favourite workouts. But I mix it up, yesterday I did Body Attack, sometimes I do Body Pump and circuits.
Debbie: Mine is walking. I walk the kids to school every day so that takes about an hour, hour and a half – it’s three miles. I also have two rescue dogs and have inherited Lydia’s dog because she’s never in so I take all three of them dog walking with the Buckhurst Hill dog walkers. Sometimes that can be 10 miles.
What do you love about Zumba®?
Lydia: It’s kind of doing two jobs in one. It’s sociable – I get to go with all my friends and my mum and I know that I’m burning loads of calories.
Debbie: We actually do row most of the time we’re doing Zumba® because Lydia tells me I’m doing it all wrong and I tell her that I’m doing it right. We laugh about it. Part of exercising is the fun element and actually enjoying it. Zumba® is a great opportunity for family based exercise. Find a local church hall and laugh and exercise together or put the DVD on.
What are your plans for New Year’s Eve?
Lydia: I always normally go away for New Year’s because I sometimes find it a disappointment in England – it costs so much money. For the past three years I’ve actually gone to Thailand and done the Full Moon [parties] and travelled afterwards but this year James is in panto. He doesn’t finish until the January 5. I don’t really want to leave him for New Year by himself, which means I’ll be in Portsmouth.
Who is Arg playing?
Lydia: Dandini in Cinderella. He’s absolutely loving it. Before TOWIE he was a singer, he was in amateur dramatics. This is his dream, he loves being on stage.
Debbie: He is a born actor.
Any New Year’s resolutions?
Lydia: My one New Year’s resolution, which has rolled over to its third year because I still haven’t done it, is to learn Italian. Mum is Italian, I speak basics but I really want to speak it fluently so that when I go out there in the summer I can speak it with my family. I tend to make New Year’s resolutions but don’t always keep to them.
Debbie: She does get fluent with drink.
Lydia: I want to speak fluently, sober.
Debbie: Mine is to raise money for charity.
Lydia: Every year we try to do something like a charity challenge of some sort. This year, my brother got diagnosed with epilepsy, so we want to do something for Epilepsy. Our plan is to have a Zumba® party.
Is it hard to stay in shape when you have a hectic filming schedule?
Lydia: Definitely. Whenever we [the other girls on the show] start filming everyone starts the show really toned and really fit but because we have such long hours and also we don’t get our film times until the evening before it’s really hard for us to get any schedule. We’re basically shut off from the world for eight weeks so we can’t organise anything. All of us, by the time we finish filming, are a lot bigger than when we started and out of shape. Sometimes you’re filming for six hours straight and not having breaks so you eat the quick [bad] things. As soon as filming finishes everyone gets really excited to get back into the health kick and the swing of things.
What’s Arg’s fitness regime like?
Lydia: He’s just all or nothing. Always has been, always will be. If he decides he wants to exercise he’ll do boxing every day for one month, eat really healthily and lose two stone. If he doesn’t, he’ll eat a curry every single night and sit on the sofa. He’s very impulsive.
Is he all or nothing at present?
Lydia: He’s the latter one at the moment. He’s in panto now so I’m hoping the dancing will get him fit again.
Debbie: He’ll definitely have the Zumba® DVD [in his stocking].
Lydia and Debbie are ambassadors for the official Zumba® DVD, out now and available on digital download.