Alison Sweeney may already be known as the devious Sami on Days of Our Lives, but these days she's taking her other job as host of NBC's The Biggest Loser one step further by challenging herself to new fitness goals with EA SPORTS Active for Wii. New mom Sweeney opened up to TVGuide.com about how The Biggest Loser has had an epic season, how the contestants have inspired her to lose the baby weight quickly and what advice she has for other busy moms trying to stay fit.
TVGuide.com: You're a busy woman these days. Tell me about the EA SPORTS Active product you're working with?
Alison Sweeney: It's fantastic because it's not just the workout — it's a whole journal that you do so you really get a sense of the entire health picture. It's a trainer in a box and the nice thing about the workout is that it's interactive, so it makes sure you're challenging yourself and trying to be as fit as you can. I'm trying to get back into shape after my pregnancy so it works for me, and then it also has a lighter intensity for someone who's brand-new and has never done a workout a day in their life. So it really offers something for everyone.
TVGuide.com: I have a Wii, but I always say, "If I'm going to work out, I may as well go to the gym." Do you ever have that problem?
Sweeney: With this, it keeps you on track. They're not trying to say it replaces a trip to the gym. I still do my spin class, I still do running on the treadmill when I can, [but] I don't have to go out to the gym at 9 o'clock at night anymore. If I'm exhausted after work, I can just do this, get a good fitness half-hour, burning some calories and getting some muscle tone, and then the whole day isn't shot.
TVGuide.com: Could this be featured on the next season of The Biggest Loser?
Sweeney: It won't be, but it definitely has the potential. It could really be incorporated into so many people's lives, especially the people that want The Biggest Loser as guidance.
TVGuide.com: Speaking of The Biggest Loser, how has this season been different from previous ones?
Sweeney: We call it the biggest season ever, but it's true on so many levels. It's the longest season we've ever had. We brought in the biggest contestant, male and female, the oldest, the youngest. We brought in the most amazing people. Kristin is a great example of someone [who] got to the ranch, not just for herself, but for everyone sitting at home on their sofa watching the show. Every week she'd get up on that scale, whether she succeeded or failed, and know that people are looking at her, and she wanted to reach out through that TV screen and help them and tell them you can do this yourself.
TVGuide.com: Has the show inspired you in your own life?
Sweeney: People ask me why I was so committed to losing weight after Megan was born and why I wanted to do it quickly. I felt that I owed it to the contestants, to every person that stood on that scale next to me and given it everything they had all week long to get there. I owed it to them to show them I honored what they did and how brave they are and I wanted to be a part of that.
TVGuide.com: Do you have a favorite to win?
Sweeney: I love Tara; I admire her. She's so competitive like me and I admire that drive. I mean, she was like the Tiger Woods of Biggest Loser. She came from behind so many times to win those challenges and to prove she could do it and make sure she stayed in that game.
TVGuide.com: Have you started filming the next season yet?
Sweeney: We start on Thursday. We don't mess around.
TVGuide.com: So do you have any advice for a busy mom like yourself to stay fit?
Sweeney: The No.1 thing I would say to them is that you are worth it. You're a role model now, so spending time on yourself to get healthy, spending time to go to the gym, is actually the best gift you can give your kids. And then a little more practical would be to cook home more often and to pack snacks with you. The first step you can take to cut out unwanted calories is to make sure you know what you're eating and putting it in the food yourself.
The Biggest Loser: Couples finale airs on Tuesday at 8 pm/ET on NBC.
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