When it comes to the many benefits of exercise, "The Biggest Loser" Host Alison Sweeney has learned first-hand how powerful a tool working out can be for improving both physical and mental health.
“Your health is so important. That’s the number one thing I have learned,” Alison said.
She explained the importance of leading an active lifestyle, citing the many studies that have shown the role exercise plays in preventing certain types of cancer and other illnesses.
The other major benefit of exercise, according to Alison, is entirely psychological.
“Working out and making the right nutrition choices can help you feel better about yourself mentally,” Alison explained.
Even if Alison makes one healthy choice a day – whether it’s the decision to eat a nutritious breakfast or go for a high-intensity run – she says that the pride and satisfaction she feels from that decision makes the rest of her day much easier.
“It’s important because I made that decision for myself, and I feel proud of taking care of myself,” she added.
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With so many opportunities to overeat and indulge at restaurants, Alison makes it a priority to keep her portion sizes in control. "When my husband and I go out,” she told us, “we share an entrée.”
Since workouts can become repetitive, Alison encourages people to shake up their normal routine by trying new, challenging exercises. And she practices what she preaches. "I love to hike, take spin classes and do yoga," she said.
Alison loads up on veggies whenever possible, making them the star of any meal. "They're not only good for you,” she says, “they’re also satisfying!”
With Alison's busy schedule, she makes sure to plan ahead so that she can make healthy choices while she's on the go. "Make snacks for when you get hungry,” she advised, “and take your gym bag with you. That way, you can go on a walk or run whenever you get a break."
Alison makes it a priority to have healthy foods front and center in her refrigerator at all times. "A bowl of washed blueberries to grab and snack on is always a great and healthy option," she said.
Along with eating healthy and working out, Alison is a big believer in the power of sleep. "I love my Sleep Number bed,” she told us,” because it allows both my husband and me to get a good night's sleep!"
To ensure that you make exercise a regular part of your routine, Alison recommends writing your workout schedule directly on your calendar, so that you can never use the excuse that you're “too busy” to exercise.
In order to give yourself an extra jolt of confidence while working out, Alison recommends wearing flattering, comfortable clothing to the gym. That way you can both look and feel positive while you're hitting the equipment.
A passionate believer in the importance of keeping those bodily fluids flowing, Alison stands by her mantra: "Drink plenty of water -- and always stay hydrated!"
With two young children and a busy career, Alison makes it a priority to start her day on the right foot with a healthy breakfast for herself and her family. "I love oatmeal with agave, cinnamon, blueberries and sliced almonds," she said.
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