Kaley Cuoco is about as transparent as Hollywood gets. The Big Bang Theory actress has no problem being candid when it comes to how much she hates running, her experiences with plastic surgery, or her romantic relationships. Plus, she’ll be the first to tell you that her body (those abs!!!) did NOT come easy.
“I tried spinning, I tried running, I tried yoga, I tried Pilates,” she tells WomensHealthMag.com in an exclusive behind-the-scenes interview at her cover shoot for our December issue. “I realized I don’t like running…I refuse to do it. I like spinning, so I try to mix that in. When I found hot yoga, I fell in love with it and was like, this is my thing.”
Though the 31-year-old loves her CorePower Yoga classes, she admits that she doesn’t necessarily jump out of bed to do it every day. “Sometimes do I want to get up in the morning and do it?” she says. “No. But when I get out, I feel like a million bucks.” As for her other fave workouts? Kaley is super-passionate about horses. (That’s how she and pro equestrian boyfriend, Karl Cook, first bonded!). Horseback riding is way more physical than most people realize, she adds.
Those workouts are sure to torch calories, but abs like Kaley’s are often made in the kitchen.
“When I wake up, I have the same little bit of peanut butter on toast every morning,” she says. For lunch, she’ll grab half of a sandwich, and when it comes to dinner, Kaley says she’ll eat fish, such as salmon, and vegetables. As for the rest of the animal kingdom? “No more meat, I’m like, done,” she says. And like the rest of us, she also gets late-night cravings. When those hunger pangs hit, she curbs them with a healthy snack, like an apple and peanut butter.
Another way she stays healthy and happy: Indulging her cravings from time to time. “Tonight I’ll be going to In-N-Out and doing one of their grilled cheeses, massive fries, and a shake,” she says. “That’d be a cheat for me.”
All splurges aside, Kaley isn’t afraid to admit that she has to work hard to stay fit. “Bottom line is, you know, I’m not 21 anymore,” she says. “It used to be so easy, I didn’t have to do as much. Now, it’s part of my day—working out is part of my day, eating right is part of my day.”
We couldn’t resist asking Kaley if she’d be up for a game of “Would You Rather” at our shoot. (Obviously, she was in.) Check out her answers to questions below:
For more from Kaley on how she treats fitness as therapy, how she made it through a painful divorce, and what’s next after The Big Bang Theory, pick up the December issue of Women’s Health, on newsstands November 24.