Jessica Alba Recalls Feeling the Need to "Have Muscle Failure" During Her Workouts

The coronavirus pandemic slowed everyone down, including Jessica Alba.
As the cover star of the January / February 2021 issue of Women's Health, the actress, businesswoman, and mother of three pondered how the past year has changed her attitude towards fitness - and everything, really.
"I always thought I had to sweat out my weight in the water, I must have failed muscles, I must feel like I just ran a marathon - I had to train so hard," she told the magazine. Now, however, "I've learned to mix it up," she said, "and don't feel like a failure if I don't kill myself."
This pedal-to-the-metal approach seemed applicable to Alba's entire life before the pandemic. "I often woke up in the middle of the night with this heartbeat, sweat-drenched panic at three in the morning. I just accepted that. I like executing with excellence." The 39-year-old remembered. "I remember every little silly detail. It all stays in this brain and it's really hard to turn off. I think that's common, especially for women. And it's just not okay."
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But when life came to a screeching halt, everyone knew, the pause gave the star a new perspective on imperfection.
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"The pandemic has forced me to come to terms with the fact that things are not completely buttoned up," she told Women's Health, "because I didn't always have the answer that mistakes stay the way they are."
And it made the silver lining all the more evident. "It's also reinforced that real joy comes from the moments when we play a game with the kids over dinner or when [my son] Hayes wants to show us his latest trick on the scooter or from our family," she said . "This is the stuff that really matters."
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