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‘Days of our Lives’ star Arianne Zucker contributes her exercise knowledge to new book

When 'Days our Lives'' Arianne Zucker decided move her exercising indoors she worked with trainer.

When "Days of our Lives'" Arianne Zucker decided to move her exercising indoors, she worked with a trainer.

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Days of our Lives: Better Living

Book signing

7 p.m. Friday

Barnes & Noble Old Orchard (Westfield)

55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie

2 p.m. Saturday

Anderson’s Bookshop

123 W. Jefferson


Cast members scheduled to be at the signings are: Deidre Hall, Shawn Christian, Arianne Zucker, Galen Gering, Chrishell Stause and Freddie Smith. They will only be signing Better Living books at these events.

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Updated: October 27, 2013 6:08AM

You’re not the only one who gets to the gym and wonders, now what?

Arianne Zucker — or, as “Days of our Lives” fans know her, Nicole Walker — found herself in the same position. Around age 30, she knew she had to start working out, but wasn’t sure what steps to take.

“I wanted to go to the gym, but didn’t have the knowledge,” says Zucker during a telephone interview.

A friend suggested hiring a personal trainer, and so she spent the next two years working with one. “I was shedding, shredding,” she says with a laugh. And the results? “Holy smokes.”

Now she knows what she wants to do at the gym, which has cut the amount of time she has to spend there. “I do certain things that will work for my body type,” she says, recommending that as a way to see maximum results. Right now she and a friend have been doing CrossFit together. (You can figure out a workout for yourself with a trainer in as little as one or two sessions, if time or money limits any more.)

Zucker talks about working out in “Days of our Lives: Better Living” (Sourcebooks, $34.99). The book gives fans an insight into how Zucker and the other cast members stay in shape and live well. There are recipes and workout routines as well as advice on how to achieve balance in a stress-filled life and style tips.

Working out for your body type is something Zucker advocates. She likens it to taking a photo of a haircut to your stylist, who then says, well, that’s a great cut but your hair texture is different.

Zucker, who is 5-9, is working for a “long, lean body,” and that has resulted in focusing on the lower half of her body.

To exercise newbies, Zucker says hang in there; don’t get discouraged. “You don’t get instant results.” —Sue Ontiveros

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