Alison Sweeney in Woman’s Day June 2014: “Walking is a Form of Meditation For Me”

Posted Saturday May 10, 2014 8:58 AM GMT

Taking a break from “The Biggest Loser,” Alison Sweeney scored the cover of Woman's Day magazine’s June 2014 issue.

After striking a pose for Jeff Lipsky, the “Days of Our Lives” beauty opened up on the NBC weight loss competition’s contestants and her favorite exercise move.

Check out highlights from Alison’s interview below and for more, head over to Woman’s Day!

On being inspired by the contestants on The Biggest Loser:
“I realized that getting in shape was about so much more than fitting into a certain size. [I changed my thinking from] ‘I wish I were thin’ to ‘I want to be healthy.’ At that point, things just fell into place. I wanted to cook healthy meals and I was excited to be able to go for a 30-minute walk or jog.”

On why walking is her preferred form of exercise:
“I love to walk because it gives me a chance to be outdoors and to explore the world around me. Walking is a form of meditation for me – I’m able to take deep breaths and enjoy the moment. Exercise was key to me while I was writing my second novel. I’d step away from the keyboard and go for a walk to work through ideas and think about plot twists in new ways.”

On playing with her daughter and realizing that Alison could easily lift her:
“I could feel my core working and it hit me that this is why I work out: so I can be an active participant in my life.”

Photo Credit: Jeff Lipsky for Woman's Day