Alison Sweeney (with her adorable kids) knows how to balance fun and fashion! (Photo by Andrew Southam)
She has two kids, two jobs, one lofty fitness goal and a crazy holiday schedule ahead...how does Alison Sweeney do it? The host of The Biggest Loser and star of Days of Our Lives, who is currently training for the L.A. Marathon in March has a few tricks to keep her life organized, manageable and healthy all at the same time. We recently spoke with Sweeney to snag some secrets and learn more about her relationship with Bob, Jillian, and this season's two new trainers, Dolvett Quince and Anna Kournikova.
How do you stay fit during the holidays?
It's really important to find a workout that you can do with no excuses. [See below for Sweeney's at-home exercise routine!] And I keep track of my nutrition. With so many treats around, it's really easy to just pop brownies without thinking about it! You may not even be hungry. I also eat before going to parties so I'm less tempted when I get there and am satisfied with a smaller amount of the treats.
Do you and your family have any seasonal traditions?
We shop for gifts and pick out a tree together. When I was young, my parents always took me skiing in the winter, which was really festive since I grew up in L.A. It was so fun and exhausting—you're basically burning calories all day long! Now, when I'm skiing with my family, I take a picture at the top of the mountain and email it to my dad. I thank him daily for instilling this love of activity at an early age.
So you mentioned that you shop and travel—as a busy working mom of two, how do you stay connected and keep track of your to-buy lists and events this month?
There are so many distractions during the holidays, so I try to use technology to keep my family together. I use my Windows phone, which syncs with my computer, to keep track of my calendar and get photos texted to me. It's really family-oriented and you don't need a manual to understand it!
To learn about Sweeney's 2012 resolutions and get the scoop about the future of The Biggest Loser, keep reading.
What is on your wish list this year?
The Xbox Kinect. I'm so excited to share the fun with my kids while encouraging them to be fit and energetic. It's really about getting up, being silly and having fun.
Do you have any resolutions for 2012?
I'm going to try to not stress so much! I'm going to be better about handing out responsibilities. I also want to make more time for my family.
If you could have any Biggest Loser trainer, past or present, join you in the gym, who would you pick and why?
I've worked out with both Bob and Jillian separately. Together they'd kill me! Jillian mopped the floor with me in the gym, and I take Bob's spin class. He really raises the bar and pushes me to a new level. I can hear him in my head pushing me to push harder even when he's not there! I totally understand the contestants on the show when they say, "I'm always thinking 'what would Bob do?'"
What would be your ideal challenge if you were competing on a reality show?
I love the high-flying challenges on The Biggest Loser. I'm a bit of a daredevil!
Can you give us any scoop about the rest of the current season of Biggest Loser and what we can expect next season?
Next week's episode is the marathon—all of the eliminated contestants are returning to take on the challenge and celebrate their achievements. Anna has been great for the show this season. [Anna has announced that this season will be her last.] Bob and Dolvett have a great understanding of the contestants and the season filming now has been an exciting one so far!
So we can expect to see Dolvett again?
Yes, Dolvett is going to be back.
See the workout that keeps Sweeney in amazing shape (you can do it while catching up on your DVR!) here. And to find even more tips from Ali, check out the One Hot Mama story in the FITNESS November/December issue on newsstands now!