Hot mama Brooke Burke graces the latest cover of SHAPE and opens up about managing her busy life with four kids – Neriah, 10, Sierra, 8, Rain, 3, and Shaya, 2 – and keeping the spark alive with hunky partner David Charvet. And not to mention how she maintains that fabulous figure!
I’m glad I’m fooling everyone, because my life is anything but easy, and it’s certainly not balanced! The truth is, if anyone saw my home life, I’m pretty sure it would look like other families’ around the world. There’s a lot of juggling to be done,” Brooke says.
Perfection isn’t the top priority for the host of TV’s Dancing With the Stars. “I used to be so disappointed when things didn’t go perfectly,” she says. “Now I know, all you have to do is try your best.”
That’s one of the reasons Brooke wrote her book, The Naked Mom, a survival manual for mothers trying to manage it all. “Women need to hear the words ‘It’s okay if things don’t go exactly the way you want them to,’ ” says Brooke, 39. “Give yourself a break!”
While she’s always been a dedicated workout girl, with four kids it takes some creative scheduling to fit exercise in. “I keep a large weekly calendar in my kitchen where I write down every event that’s happening in our lives,” she says. “I always pencil in my workouts there so I’ll really do them.”
Brooke says she strives to exercise five days a week. When she’s working at DWTS, she drops the kids off at school and heads to the gym for a cardio workout. “I get on the treadmill, put it at a 15 percent incline and walk at about 3.5 miles per hour,” she says. “I’m also crazy about Pilates Plus, which I do three times a week. The class is 55 minutes, head to toe. In that short amount of time, I’ve done everything I need to do. And for a working mom, what could be better?”
Brooke encourages women not to lose themselves in the rigors of motherhood.
It’s really easy to lose yourself and just become a mom,” says Brooke. “First, you need to be healthy,” she says. “That means exercising to relieve stress and build energy. It truly is good for your sex drive to work out.”
Second, on “date night,” she suggests creating a romantic mood. And finally, don’t cancel that date, no matter what. “I’ll fess up here,” she says. “Sometimes we’re so tired, it’s just a glass of wine and a good night’s sleep. But the point is that we’re making a commitment to each other and saying, ‘We love the kids, but we matter too.’ ”