Jessica Alba has stopped "killing herself" with exercise.

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

The 39-year-old actress admitted she used to push herself to her limits, but when gyms were forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Honest Company founder scaled back her regime and will now only workout a few days a week, and sometimes just going for a walk is enough.

She said: "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."

One change Jessica is made is to introduce low-impact reformer Pilates into her routine, and she's glad she did.

She said: "I feel every muscle in my core. I never even knew I had those things.”

The 'Sin City' star has also changed her eating habits, but isn't strict with her new largely-vegan diet.

She explained to Women's Health magazine: "Four days a week, I try to eat plant-based, and I don’t drink alcohol.

"Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, all bets are off. That feels like moderation to me.”

Jessica has learned to relax more this year and has enjoyed having more quality time with her husband, Cash Warren, and their children Honor, 12, Haven, nine, and Hayes, two.

She said: "The pandemic has forced me to be comfortable with things not being completely buttoned up, with allowing myself to not always have the answer, for mistakes to kind of stay as is.

“It’s also reinforced that real joy comes from the moments when, you know, we’re playing a game with the kids at dinner, or when Hayes wants to show us his latest trick on the scooter, or from our family walks. That’s the stuff that truly matters.”

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