Dancing With The Stars' beautiful co-host Brooke Burke covers the June, 2012 issue of Prevention Magazine and talks about her kids, health, Botox and breast implants besides looking smoking hot for someone who turned 40 last year. Speaking of 40 she says what a lot of us say about that decade: '40 is better than 30'.
In addition to her co-hosting duties, this busy mother of 4 (can you believe it with that body?) also has two sites that she runs Babooshbaby.com and advice portal ModernMom.com. So how does she do it all? Making her health a priority is big on the list for both herself and her family and that includes self-esteem. I love how she is so mindful of the words that come out of her mouth in relation to weight when she talks to her girls.
How do you keep in shape?
I spend as little time as I possibly can to get the best results—5 days a week if I’m lucky, or a minimum of 3. I’ll do my own DVD. It’s a 55-minute body-sculpting workout that’s old-school moves—squats, side lunges, dips, kicks—that we made more dynamic. You use multiple body parts and move at a pace where you also get cardio benefits. I go to a Pilates Plus class once or twice a week. Today I went to the gym and did 20 minutes of cardio. That’s all the time I had.
What’s your cardio workout?
Treadmill on a 15% incline at 3.5 mph. My heart rate’s in the right zone to burn fat, get a good sweat. I’ll be on a conference call, watch TV, or listen to music. Sometimes I don’t listen to anything. I like that half hour of peace.
You’ve publicly nixed tabloid rumors that you had a tummy tuck. What’s the secret to your great core?
Posture has a lot to do with it—keeping your core engaged, whether you’re sitting, driving, or working at your computer. I’ve always done ab work, even when I was pregnant.
Have you had a mammogram yet?
Yes. As soon as I found out my friend Giuliana Rancic [E! News anchor and Fashion Police cohost] was diagnosed with breast cancer, I booked my mammogram. I called her from the doctor’s office and said, “Thank you for provoking me to have this done.”
What was your experience like?
When I was finished, I said to the nurse, “What’s the big deal? There’s so much negative talk about the mammogram.” The biggest thing was scheduling my day to get there. The actual appointment was a piece of cake.
You’ve talked about having melasma, which is a facial skin discoloration that often comes on during pregnancy.
Yes, and I’m like that one in 1,000 cases where it didn’t go away after childbirth. I went to the best doctors. I did all the peels. I’m hoping hormonally, I’ll roll out of it. I use CellCeuticals SPF 55+ sunscreen, and I never lie out in the sun, which really stinks, because I’m a sun girl.
Any other health concerns?
I have Hashimoto’s, which means my thyroid doesn’t function. I take a synthetic thyroid pill. I don’t even like to take an aspirin, but I have to take this every day.
What does “prevention” mean to you?
It’s being brave enough to be aware. David and I recently spent a day doing all our medical work. I had a 3-hour physical. It’s a pain in the butt, but I want to be here to take care of my family.
You’ve been very candid about having breast enhancements in your 20s. Have you thought of having them redone?
I have. When you’ve breast-fed four children, things kind of change. So that’s probably the most likely thing on the radar. I went through a phase where I wanted to have smaller breasts. Sometimes it’s easier in dresses and gowns.
Have you had any other procedures?
I’ve done little bits of Botox for a long time. If I wasn’t on TV, I probably wouldn’t. Fillers at a minimal level are okay, but it scares me because I don’t want to have that bloated look. In our industry, people do too much too soon or just too much. There’s nothing worse than that frozen “I’m 40 but I want to look 25” look.
Your ex-husband was the first surgeon selected to appear on Extreme Makeover. Did he ever give you advice about plastic surgery?
He said, “Do as little as you have to do.” What does David say? I’m so lucky. He’s like, “Please don’t ever do any of that. It scares me.” I’ll just be happy and wrinkled instead.
Did you have any anxiety about turning 40 last year?
Forty is better than 30. I have a better understanding of who I am, what makes me tick, what’s okay and not okay. I’ve had such a great experience professionally in the last 3 or 4 years that it really opened my eyes to not procrastinating.
Have you had a moment when you felt older?
I was hosting the Miss America pageant, and I was having a great time. Then it hit me: I could be any one of these girls’ mothers! That’s when I realized I’m freaking 40. It was weird.
KEEPING KIDS’ SELF-ESTEEM INTACT
Young girls face so many obstacles to having a positive body image. How do you help your daughters overcome those roadblocks?
I would never put on a pair of jeans that were too tight and say, “I feel so fat today” in front of my girls—words like those affect them.
Have any of your kids had an issue with weight?
At her last checkup, the pediatrician told my middle daughter that if she didn’t get more exercise and eat less carbs, she could become…he might have used the word obese.
So what did you do?
I had a conversation with her, but I tried not to make it about weight. She asked, “Mommy, do you think I’m fat?” I said, “No. I think you’re beautiful. I want you to be healthy just like I want your brother and sisters to be healthy.” It’s a delicate situation when raising girls. You can’t weigh them or totally deprive them, or it plants the seed for a lot of issues.