Katie Couric is one of the most recognizable faces on television, so it's no surprise that she's been courted for "Dancing with the Stars."
The 55-year-old journalist opens up in the April issue of Prevention about why she'd love to be on the show but can't, and what she does to keep her fab figure (check out those legs!) in shape.
On the buzz on her wanting to do "Dancing with the Stars":
Couric: That's so funny. I write sort of a harmless little tweet and it turns me into a "Dancing with the Stars" wannabe, which actually I am. You know, the thing about that show I just really admire people who aren't professional dancers, and who aren't even amateur dancers putting it out there for all the world to see. I think I said in my tweet that there's not enough antiperspirant on the planet to help me out in that situation, but that got a lot of attention which made me laugh.
On if she's been asked to be on "Dancing with the Stars":
Couric: Well, you know I actually have been asked, which has been very flattering. Right now I don't think it's going to work out with my schedule [her new talk show "Katie" debuts in September]; one of the major impetuses for me to do it is I think you get in incredible shape and like this lean machine; it's a good way to lose weight, exercise, but I don't think, unfortunately, I'll be able to swing it. I think it would really be fun, I just don't know honestly, I'd be shocked if I had the nerve and the strength to get out there and that's why I really admire the people who do it.
On her exercise routine:
Couric: I do Spinning and Pilates in the morning, between 8:30 and 10, maybe 4 or 5 times a week. I used to play tennis once a week, but I kept missing my class. I want to get more into yoga this year. I think it's important for someone my age to stay flexible. And it's a great stress reducer. I've tried hot yoga, but it's pretty tough for me. I usually feel like I'm going to pass out.
On her new talk show, "Katie":
Couric: One of the things I'm most excited about is being able to help people navigate or understand medical information or certain illnesses better through the show. If I can accomplish that, it'd be great. I've gone through a lot of medical situations, through Jay [her husband who died in 1998 at age 42 from colon cancer] and my sister [Emily, who died in 2001 from pancreatic cancer], and my dad had Parkinson's. So I'm sort of the family advocate-I try to learn all I can to be helpful to my family members. I'm also very interested in health and wellness.
To see more of Katie's interview, where she talks about parenting and the one activity her daughters find "mortifying," pick up the April issue of Prevention magazine on newsstands now.
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