Jessica Alba Explains How She Learned to Work Out Without Pressure

Lockdowns and quarantine gave many people a fresh perspective on working out and staying fit. One of those people just happens to be famous actress Jessica Alba, who finally realized she can work out without putting too much pressure on herself.

Alba discussed her new approach to working out in a recent cover story for Women’s Health. After her regular fitness routine was interrupted this year, she realized she doesn’t have to go all-in with each workout, and discovered more relaxing ways of staying in shape—such as walking, hiking, and reformer Pilates.

“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. I’ve learned to mix it up and not feel like a failure if I’m not, you know, killing myself,” explained Alba.

The Sin City star also took a moment to discuss her eating habits and her personal idea of moderation with Women’s Health. Alba said she tries to eat plant-based four days a week, but admitted that “all bets are off” on the weekends when she doesn’t watch her diet and enjoys indulging in her favorite comfort foods.