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Unveiling the Workout Secrets That Keep Alison Sweeney in Star Shape

Here’s how she stays in shape.

Alison Sweeney is known for a lot of things. She was the host of the NBC reality series, The Biggest Loser. She also plays Sami Brady on the soap opera, Days of Our Lives. Sweeney is known for her appearances in several Hallmark movies. She's appeared in The Wedding Veil series, the Chronicle Mysteries series, and as the title character in the Hannah Swensen Mystery series. How does she stay so fit? Read on to see 7 ways Alison Sweeney stays in shape and the photos that prove they work.


She Does A Variety Of Workouts

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When it comes to fitness, Sweeney is all about variety. She shared her favorite workouts in an interview with Run Eat Repeat. "I love mixing it up. I'm running to enjoy being outside, hiking with my family, and doing a bunch of strength training work. Soon I'll be back on the ski slopes and can't wait to add that to my workout routine."


She Loves Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

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Sweeney makes sure to eat a healthy diet and shared her favorite foods with Run Eat Repeat. Her favorite healthy sandwich is a grilled chicken sandwich, and she shared how she makes it a lot healthier in the interview. "I'm a big fan of a grilled chicken sandwich on Oroweat bread with hummus (instead of mayonnaise) loaded with avocado, cucumber, carrots and lettuce. It's so fulfilling and has such a great crunch."


She Does Cardio

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Sweeney shared her wellness secrets and tips in an interview with People. She says that she does a lot of cardio workouts, and aims to do them four times a week. "For me it's really important to keep up my cardio," she says. "I run, ride my bike (both outside) and I take spin class. I try to get a good cardio workout in at least four times a week."


She Weight Trains

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Sweeney likes to weight train to stay in shape. "In addition, at least once a week, I do a day of circuit training with weights," she told People. "It helps me maintain muscle tone. My schedule is so busy all the time, so I can't hold myself to specific times or a firm schedule, but these are my goals and I do the best I can."


She Tracks What She Eats

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Sweeney revealed to People that she makes sure to track what she eats, as it helps her maintain a healthy diet. "I know all about hitting plateaus and how frustrating they can be. For me, once I started to count every calorie, I realized how much I was eating that I didn't account for. Keep a food journal and make sure to eat as healthy as possible and have a good breakfast."


She Does Short, Intense Workouts

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Sweeney has a busy schedule, but she always makes sure to stay in shape. She tells People that when she doesn't have a lot of time, she does really intense workouts. "I've learned that I get a good intense, short workout by running sprints on the treadmill. It's not always about distance – a workout is about the intensity you put into it. So when I don't have a lot of time, I really focus my energy and go really hardcore – run 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off for several minutes. Then I do a similar intensity doing burpees (pushup, jump to your feet, and then jump in the air, then back down to pushup)."


She Keeps Her Kitchen Stocked

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Sweeney revealed to New Beauty that she likes to keep her kitchen stocked with healthy foods. "Preparation is key. I don't have time every day to wash fruit, chop vegetables or go to the market, so I really focus on having only healthy options readily available, from stocking my refrigerator with great fruits and raw vegetables to having raw nuts in the pantry and planning ahead as much as possible. Salads are always satisfying and easy to prepare, so those are a definite go-to."

Anna Bechtel
Anna Bechtel is a freelance writer currently based in Hamden, CT. Read more
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