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Alison Sweeney, a longtime soap opera veteran on Days of Our Lives and host of The Biggest Loser, may be a Hollywood star, but she's also a married mom trying to stay fit this holiday season just like you!
Her key to staying slim, she explains in December's issue of Fitness, is managing her nutrition on top of completing at-home workout routines, sharing:
"It’s really important to find a workout that you can do with no excuses. 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."
"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?’”
To Alison's credit, however, that hot bod is all hers! The actress got into the fitness groove long before her days as a reality television star.
During her first decade on Days of Our Lives, she publicly struggled with her weight, but eventually learned that eating and exercising right could help her drop from a size 12 to a size 2.
Since then, she's managed to look great and maintain a healthy weight, even during two pregnancies, which inspired her to write The Mommy Diet.
The paperback includes lots of straightforward advice for women to get into the best shape of their lives, while managing the responsibilities of motherhood.
For example, get off your butt and take advantage of downtime! If you love to watch television, Alison's got a workout that you can complete in less than one episode of Two and a Half Men using your couch and a single resistance band!
Check out the easy-to-follow instructions for each exercise and corresponding photos bewlow to learn the effective routine!
Row Boat: (First pic from left)
- Loop center of band around couch leg and sit on floor facing couch, holding ends of band in each hand, arms extended in front of you with palms facing down.
- Drive elbows behind you at shoulder height to row band toward chest; then, keeping elbows bent to maintain resistance, lower them to sides. Return to start.
- Do 15 reps.
Decline Push-Up: (First pic)
- Get into full push-up position with palms on floor, arms extended, balls of feet resting on couch cushion and hips lifted so that body forms a straight line from head to heels. (To make it easier, place knees on cushion or do an incline push-up with feet on floor and palms on cushion.)
- Bend elbows to lower chest toward floor, then return to start.
- Do 15 reps.
Flamingo Dip: (Second pic)
- Stand with feet hip-width apart with your back to couch and place both palms on edge of cushion or armrest, fingers facing forward.
- Keeping arms straight and elbows close by sides, bend knees about 90 degrees and then lift left foot a few inches off floor, knee bent, to get into start position.
- Flexing left foot, bend elbows behind you 90 degrees and simultaneously extend left leg so that it’s parallel to floor.
- Straighten arms and bend left knee to return to start.
- Do 15 reps. Switch sides and repeat.
Flye Master: (Second pic)
- Loop center of band around couch leg and sit on floor with back against couch, legs extended in front of you, holding ends of band in each hand. (Make it harder by leaning torso back 45 degrees without touching couch and raise feet a few inches off floor.)
- Lift extended arms out to sides at shoulder level, palms facing down, and then bring them toward each other in front of you.
- Bring arms back out to sides and repeat. Do 15 reps.
Plié Plus: (Third pic)
- Loop center of band around couch leg and stand with back to couch, feet together with toes turned out, holding ends of band in each hand in front of hips.
- Bend knees 90 degrees to lower into plié squat.
- Straighten legs to stand up, squeezing inner thighs together and raising heels off floor as you lift extended arms in front of you to shoulder level, palms facing down.
- Lower heels and arms, then return to plié squat. Do 15 reps.
Curl ’n’ Squat: (Third pic)
- Stand with feet hip-width apart on center of band so that your back is facing couch,
holding ends of band in each hand with arms by sides and palms facing forward; stand about 18 inches from edge of cushion.
- Keeping elbows by sides, curl hands toward shoulders as you lower into a squat, barely
touching edge of cushion.
- Stand up quickly, lowering arms by sides. Do 15 reps.
Booty Lift: (Fourth pic)
- Lie faceup on floor with heels hip-width apart on edge of couch cushion, knees bent 90 degrees and arms on floor, slightly out to sides.
- Lift hips, squeezing glutes, so that body forms a straight line from shoulders to knees.
- Lower knees out to sides and bring them back in, then return to start.
- Do 15 reps.
Thigh-Frying Wood Chop: (Fourth pic)
- Tie one end of band to couch leg and hold other end with both hands. Stand with feet hip-width apart so that couch is a few feet to your right and you feel resistance in the band, hands by right hip.
- Lower into squat, knees bent about 90 degrees, then pull band diagonally up with arms extended from right hip to above left shoulder. Maintain squat as you rotate torso.
- Do 15 reps. Switch sides, with couch on your left, and repeat.