With a busy work schedule, the start of marathon training and, you know, having a social life, I thought I was a busy girl. That was until I chatted with Erin Andrews, an NFL sportscaster and co-host of Dancing with the Stars. She starts her week at 8am and goes nonstop until 7:30pm shooting DWTS. Add in nonstop travel for NFL interviews, covering the game and flying back on Sunday to land in the DWTS studio all over again, and I’m exhausted just thinking about it.
Such a crazed schedule calls for tons (and I mean tons) of good-for-you energy. I’m not talking about eating whatever food your fingers land on, but rather reaching for smart choices that won’t send you on a sugar high, only to crash and burn an hour later. “The biggest thing for me is staying in shape and trying to make sure I get enough rest,” says Andrews. “Michael Strahan told me to start sleeping now because it’s our off-season, and he has an even crazier schedule than I do.” We hear you on that one, Erin—now that he’s co-hosting Live with Kelly and Michael AND Good Morning America, we can only imagine the pillow face plant he does at the end of each week.
Back to those energizing eats. “Making sure to keep nutrient-rich foods—like trail mix, yogurt and granola bars—and beverages on hand is key, which is why me teaming up with Florida Orange Juice was a no-brainer,” says Andrews. “When you talk about healthy beverages, 100 percent orange juice is huge because I can grab it on the go. I can get it anywhere, at whatever hotel I’m in. It has a ton of vitamin C and gives me natural energy without added sugars, so I don’t need to worry about staying in shape.” We couldn’t have said it better.
But OJ can’t be the only thing the snappy co-host sips on—or eats—throughout the day. How in the world do you stay slim when you’re always wining and dining? Especially when you’re entertaining big football guys who LOVE to eat? “They like to order a lot of food and they like to eat a lot of food. I do too,” she explains. “So to rationalize what I’m going to have for dinner and lunch, I get my butt in the workout room.”
Girl, I get it. Exercise is awesome, and I would definitely be doing the same to burn off the calories from heavy dinners. But when I’m constantly on the go and have a crazy work schedule, it’s really tough to squeeze in sweat time when all I want to do is sleep. So, I asked her to spill her secrets. Where does the motivation come from? “When I first started out in the industry, I was working for a hockey team and the head coach told me ‘when you get into the hotel, don’t lay around first. Go straight to the gym because if you lay around you’re not going to get up for the rest of the day.’ So that’s what I try to do.” Noted.
Now for the good stuff: DWTS predictions. With Andrews in the co-hosting spotlight, one thing’s for sure: she’s not afraid to speak her mind. She’s gotten a lot of juicy details from the stars, and this round of celebs is by far my favorite to watch. Whether it’s Amy and Derek making us sob with their inspirational moves (can they start dating, please?), Cameron and Mark fighting with all the Full House gusto they can muster or Meryl and Maksim making jaws drop with their killer steps, I don’t know who will win! Apparently, neither does Andrews. “I have no idea—I never know how these things are going to end up,” she says. “It’s hard not to cheer for Amy Purdy…and Meryl and Charlie are absolutely gorgeous. And James and Peta, their chemistry has been wonderful to watch. I think everybody has been doing such a great job!”
As a former contestant, Andrews knows how much physicality is required to compete. But she also knows it’s not necessarily realistic to keep up post-taping. “I definitely don’t train like I did when I was on the show; I don’t think anyone does, and that’s why you see so much weight loss when they’re [competing],” she says. “I’ve never done anything that physically hard.” So what does she do? “I’m a Physique 57 girl. I do all the classes and when I can’t make it to those, I do the online workouts. It keeps me long and toned and lean. “ Otherwise, you may catch her at yoga or a barre class, because it's all about balance.
Now, since I'm enjoying DWTS so much, I pulled together a little playlist of the latest tunes the contestants have been grooving to for my favorite readers. Plug into it and whether you use it to hit the dance studio, run a few miles or try to recreate some of the stars' stellar routines, I think it'll help motivate you to burn a few extra calories this week. Happy listening!