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Personal Best: Q&A With Alison Sweeney

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A perfect day, no demands

"I love to read. I'll sit in my backyard with my dogs -- it's a fantastic way to start the day. Then I'll take time to go for a nice long run on the trails in L.A.'s Griffith Park, near my house. Because I like cooking, it think it's super fun to go to the local farmer's market in Studio City to get fresh ingredients, plus there's so much fun for kids there, too.

Fitness routine

"I do as much cardio as I can during the week, and I shoot for 5 days a week. Because of my schedule, I don't always make that goal, but I try. I also take [indoor cycling] classes. One day a week my endurance trainer comes to the house or we go to the park. I have a routine, and that level of fitness keeps me from being sweaty and tired after a workout. If there's something in my routine I don't like, I'll change it, because I don't want to do something I don't enjoy. I don't want to think of it as a chore or torture."

Healthy on the road and on the set

"I make sure I get plenty of water when flying, to prevent dehydration, and I supplement with plenty of vitamin C. Because we come in contact with germs while traveling, I wash my hands a lot. I find that working out when you get where you're going really helps put you into the right time zone."

Three makeup items always with her

I take lip gloss, and although I like lots of different kinds, I think Chanel has beautiful colors. I like a black pencil eyeliner to get that nice line around the eye, without looking like I'm using too much makeup. I use Cover Girl Perfect Blend. Oh, and I keep an eyelash curler, too.

Wish list of places

"I've been to so many places in the world, but next I'd go to Seattle and the islands off the coast. Along with those redwoods, those places sound so beautiful and interesting."

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