Kelly Ripa Covers Good Housekeeping March 2012

Posted Tuesday February 7, 2012 1:31 PM GMT

She hosts her very own morning talk show now that Regis Philbin has retired, and Kelly Ripa finds herself adorning the cover of the March 2012 issue of Good Housekeeping.

Set to hit newsstands on February 14th, the 41-year-old spoke with the magazine about everything from her husband, Mark Consuelos, and parenting to how she powers through her days and what keeps her so slim.

Highlights from Miss Ripa's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to visit Good Housekeeping!

On her husband, Mark Consuelos:
"He's kind of awesome. I think he makes me better. He makes everything in our lives better."

On her best qualities as a wife:
“I don’t give him a hard time about seeing his friends. Or for doing things independently, like taking a weekend biking trip with his racing friends. He doesn’t need to take me everywhere or do everything with me. I’m very much about us having our own separate time. And I don’t give him a hard time about not doing things around the house, like taking out the trash.”

On her exercise routine:
“I work out every day. It's part of my life. That's one of the benefits of having kids in school full-time. I'm usually done with work around 11 A.M., so I have time before I pick the kids up from school. I do it more for my insides than my outside, but the outside gets a nice benefit, too. I feel like my mind is a little quieter when I exercise. And I don't have the best family history heart-wise, so I really try to keep my heart strong.”

On keeping her energy up:
“I think exercise has everything to do with it. Before I started exercising, I was exhausted all the time. I remember when Joaquin was about 7 months old, I was carrying him up the stairs, and was completely winded when I got to the top. I thought, I've got to figure this out, because I shouldn't be exhausted like this. My husband encouraged me and said, 'If you worked out, you'd feel so much better, and it would quiet your mind down.' Because I'm a worrier. And he was right. I started out three days a week, walking for a half hour on a treadmill; then it was five days a week, and then I started jogging. It was like a drug. The gateway drug is the treadmill.”

On having another baby:
“That's the one constant discussion in our house. The kids are always asking, "When are you going to have another baby?" I don't want to gild the lily. We've been so lucky. Our children are healthy and happy. My job is ideal for raising children, but now I have three kids with after-school activities and homework.”

Photo Credit: Good Housekeeping

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