Alison Sweeney Chooses Wii Over Gym to Shed Baby Weight

06/28/2009 at 06:00 AM ET
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When the time came for mom-of-two Alison Sweeney to shed the weight she gained while pregnant with daughter Megan Hope, 5 months, she drew from her experience as host of NBC’s The Biggest Loser. “I’ve learned a lot about nutrition and how to count my calories” as a result of the show, she tells PEOPLE. Of course, juggling a diet and exercise routine with two small children and a busy career is tough, but Alison says she found a great ally in the EA Sports Active package for the Nintendo Wii. Not only does it save the 32-year-old Days of Our Lives actress the trouble of having to find a babysitter,  it is straightforward enough that son Benjamin Edward, 4 ½, can play along as well. “It’s just a good example of how you can really get it done at home,” she says, adding,

“You don’t need to have a big fancy gym membership. One of the things we talk about on The Biggest Loser all the time is just how difficult it is financially to lose weight sometimes. And that isn’t an excuse anymore. There are really reasonable options.

Alison revealed that she gained less weight with her second pregnancy than with her first, in part by reaching for fresh fruits over processed sweets.  She acknowledged, however, that indulging each and every craving is a right of passage for most first time expectant mothers. “You deserve to be spoiled — but within reason,” she cautioned.

Life with two has been twice as nice for Alison and husband David Sanov, who have enjoyed the learning curve that comes with a subsequent child. “There is a relaxation of just knowing you’ve been through it, knowing you survived and your kid survives and you can handle it,” she notes. Megan — as a result — is an “easygoing” baby who is “ready to rally” at a moments’ notice. “Because we’re taking Ben to soccer or we’re taking him to school or whatever it is,” Alison explains, “you do kinda relax into it, which was nice.”

“It made me feel like, okay, I got this.  I can handle this.”

As for Ben, who will graduate from preschool later this month, the role of big brother continues to be greeted with enthusiasm — for now! “Obviously she’s not stealing his toys yet or whatever, so I imagine the other shoe will drop,” Alison said. “But right now he is so loving towards her…We’ve been so blessed with that.”

Source: PEOPLE

— Missy with reporting by Jessica Wedemeyer

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FitMom4Ever on

Okay, I can see how Wii Sports games can help you to squeeze in some much needed movement for cardio purposes. However, the reality is that you need intense cardio and some sort of strength training to snap your body back into shape after a baby. I’m talking about the saggy stomach, dimples, and the general lack of firmness the body assumes post-pregnancy. It’s still cost effective because you can do these things at home using MSN videos, videos and how-to guides, and don’t forget Youtube. If you have cable, FitTV is a good option too. You just need to invest in some dumbbells or resistance bands and you are good to go. You can workout right in your living room.

fuzibuni on

i hope i’m wrong but it sounds like she’s promoting.

Christie on

Actually the EA Sports Active package comes with resistance bands to use along with it so it’s not like you are just playing the Wii games. You actually follow a work out routine/program. I am hoping to get it soon to try after I have my 2nd child next month. Will be so much easier if I can do it in my own family room!!

Mich on

I got the Wii Fit and Active to be able to work out at home while i watch kids all day and you can do it and not have to worry about the weather outside(I live in Albuquerque and we have had our monsoon season start WAY early and it has been rainging almost everyday)Not knowing when kids will get dropped off or picked up it is nice to be able to do it at home. And I see what FitMom4Ever is saying but if you do either or the Wii activities you get a major workout. The Active is amamzing. And it was only $52. So great. Plus with the Fit and Sports that come with the Wii the kids are excited to work-out everyday and the sweat is pouring off them every time. 🙂

Alice on

We have the Wii Fit and although I have been slacking off a bit for this week, it is a very useful tool for exercising. Of course it’s not like working out at a gym all the time, but it helps keep you moving and I like that I can do it in my own home, like Mich said. With the Wii, I don’t have to worry about having to leaving behind the kids for an hour or so to go work out. They can just be there and work out with me!

Crystal on

Megan is super cute! I think she looks just like Ben! Look at those gorgeous blue eyes!!! 🙂

brook on

I purchased the Wii Active a little over a month ago and have actually lost weight( along w/eating healthy)…If you set the levels to hard and do a long enough workout and include all of the different workouts (I custom set my own workouts)you will see a difference. It is also a good idea to incorporate outside activities into your routine…bike, walk, run, swim, etc.

I really do not enjoy video games at all, but, to me at least, this does not feel like I am playing a video game!! Best $50 I have spend in awhile!

Lisa on

Megan looks so cute.

Benigna Marko on

Good for you. Healthy moms are immportant for children. Great to see both happy.
Benigna Marko

Marissa on

Who cares if she is promoting? Somebody will promote either way… glad she is doing so well!

Anna on

How about the fact that the Wii system costs as much or more than a gym membership? Then you have to buy the extras for the exercise things! Just put in a workout dvd, it’s much cheaper.

hkdiaz on

Yes, a wii is expensive. But, unlike a gym membership, if you find yourself not using it much anymore, you can always sell it. Gym memberships lock you into a contract. DVDs are much cheaper, but for me, I love the Wii EA Active. Its a great workout! It corrects my form, knows if I’m cheating, and provides different workouts every day.

Bela on

I agree with Anna, a Wii is expensive, and all the extras cost alot of money. I belong to a gym that costs $10.00 a month, with no contract. So you can stop when ever you want. I find it good to leave the house and have some time for myself, and when I can’t do that, I just pop in a dvd at home or go for a walk with the baby.

Amanda on

I really want the Wii fit, our friends have it and it is so nice. I can only imagine it’d get a ton of use since you can pick it up and use it whenever you feel like. I’m a good 30 miles from the nearest gym so that wouldn’t be so simple for moms like me. Plus, once you buy the Wii, it’s yours! You pay each month for a gym membership but when you stop paying you have ‘nothing’. I do love FitTV though, great inexpensive way to get a good workout on your schedule, especially when you have a DVR!

Terri on

I love working out at home and know that I wouldn’t work out nearly as much if I had to go to a gym. I know others that would never work out if they didn’t have a a gym membership. Different strokes for different folks!