Belfast Telegraph

Jessica Alba: I feel the burn!

Jessica Alba doesn't feel she's worked hard enough if she isn't dripping with sweat after a gym session.

The mother-of-two is known for her incredible figure and healthy attitude. She complements her nutritious diet with regular sessions in the gym, but has to get properly down and dirty to feel she's earned a break.

"I really have to sweat, otherwise I don't feel like I've done anything!" she admitted to the German edition of Shape magazine.

"If I only have 30 minutes, I'll do a fast programme consisting of burpees, mountain climbers, squat jumps, planks and sun salutations. But I don't want to lie: training can be really annoying. That's why I love group exercise, where I'm surrounded by people who motivate me."

The 34-year-old likes a variety of classes, but one of her favourites is Bikram yoga. In the sessions, the room is 40 degrees Celsius and Jessica uses weights for strength.

"It's a mixture of hot yoga and weight training," she explained. "I also love spinning, but I have to have really good music - for example 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Jay Z and Beyoncé [Knowles]."

When it comes to healthy snacks to keep her energised, Jessica relies on smoothies. She enjoys the fruit and vegetable blitzes because they give her power for the morning but don't leave her feeling too full before a workout.

Her secret recipe? Protein powder, matcha tea, a banana, coconut water and ice.

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