If you keep up with Jessica Alba on social media, then you know that the Killers Anonymous star is basically the queen of TikTok. And while all that dancing is a great workout, you’re probably wondering what else she does to stay so fit at 39.
Amid her busy lifestyle as an actress, entrepreneur, and mom of three, Alba prioritizes a consistent fitness routine and nutrient-packed diet to keep her energy going. “Working out takes away that little edge so that I feel happier and more productive, and my brain can get kick-started,” she once told Shape.
That said, her schedule has some wiggle room. “As I’ve gotten older and after I became a mom, it became more of a priority to be healthy for the right reasons,” Alba told People. “It’s more important to have a balanced approach instead of trying to be perfect.”
1. She works out two to four times a week.
Alba’s mentality around exercise has shifted over the years. “I always thought, I need to sweat out my weight in water, I need to have muscle failure, I need to feel like I just ran a marathon—that’s how hard I needed to work out,” she recently told Women’s Health.
When the coronavirus pandemic resulted in the closure of gyms across the U.S., Alba realized she didn’t have to go so hard. “I’ve learned to mix it up and not feel like a failure if I’m not, you know, killing myself,” she said, adding that sometimes a workout is just a walk while listening to a podcast. She also aims to sweat it out two to four times a week.
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2. Pilates keeps her core strong.
Alba is a longtime fan of hot yoga, but recently gave Reformer Pilates a try, which she credits to sculpting her abs. “I feel every muscle in my core,” she told Women’s Health. “I never even knew I had those things.”
Outside of a pandemic, Alba also loves going to spin classes for a dose of cardio. “I prefer it mixed in with light weights, so like a sculpting hot yoga class,” she told Byrdie. “I’ll always work out with a friend because it’s more fun.”
3. And HIIT workouts get her heart rate up.
Alba incorporates high-intensity interval training (HIIT) into her fitness routine, too. “I like moving around a lot. I don’t like a lot of repetition,” she told Byrdie. Two exercises she doesn’t enjoy? Squats and plyometrics (like jump training). “It makes me feel nauseous,” she admitted. “As for running, I feel like I have to work myself up to it—I have to train to get to a point where I can run,” she said. “I have to get fit enough to run!”
But she pushes herself when she feels the motivation to. “I love my shape because it does what I want it…