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Kelly Ripa says about her husband Mark Consuelos: ‘He’s kind of awesome. I think he makes me better. He makes everything in our lives better.’
The couple have two sons and a daughter. Michael, who is 14, Lola who is ten, and Joaquin who is eight.
Ripa says their children would probably like to have another brother or sister, but she is not so sure. She says: ‘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.’
She says that he inspired her after she complained about feeling tired.
‘I think exercise has everything to do with it,’ she says about energy levels. ‘Before I started exercising, I was exhausted all the time.
‘I remember when Joaquin was about seven-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.’
Ripa met her husband, Mark Consuelos, more than ten years ago on the American daytime soap opera All My Children.
The two characters were also married on the soap.
Ripa says she's not militant about her eating habits either. She says: 'I'm not militant about anything.
'If there's cheesecake in the house, I'll have some.
'If I'm in the mood for something, I'll have it. I don't obsess about anything.
'I could have three or four "cheat days" in a week and then not have dessert for another three months.'
She reveals that she also works out because of her families medical history.
‘I don't have the best family history heart-wise, so I really try to keep my heart strong,' she says.
Ripa – now married to Consuelos for 15 years – says her husband inspired her to exercise soon after the birth of their third child Joaquin, born in 2003.
She says: 'I work out with a trainer, Anna Kaiser, three days a week.
'We do what I would call cardio ballet and power yoga. I take spinning classes at Soul Cycle [in New York City], which I love, and I run.
'I get bored, so I like to mix it up a little bit.
'I try to make my heart beat out of my chest, hard-core, once a day for at least a half hour. I think that's very important.'
The host of Live With Kelly says she's not rigid about exercise: 'If I'm exhausted and I just don't feel like it, then I don't do it.
'I am a human being, after all. But I also know I'm the kind of person who, if I take one day off, well, it's very easy for me to take the next day off and then quit exercising.
'If I don't do it every day, I won't do it at all.'
‘I work out every day. It's part of my life,’ Kelly Ripa says in the March issue of Good Housekeeping.
‘That's one of the benefits of having kids in school full-time.
‘I'm usually done with work around 11am, 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.'
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