The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul has still got it.
The 42 year-old Grammy Award-winning singer is the newest model for Shape Magazine’s December 2013 issue. Inside, Mary J. Blige, who recently released a new Christmas compilation, dishes on how she manages to stay slim and fit.
What does she credit it to? Cardio, strength training and a change in her eating / drinking habits:
ON HER CARDIO WORKOUTS:
The treadmill is fine but running outdoors gives me the best results. I try to log 6 to 8 miles a week. I could be in the worst mood, but when I do my cardio I feel much, much better [...] At first it was very hard [to swim], but once I got in the water and figured out how to breathe, it was so liberating.
ON LETTING GO OF ALCOHOL:
Others may be able to drink and have a great time, but it doesn’t work for me at this point. I haven’t had a drink in a year and three months. I had quit for a long time but started again about five years ago. I’m off it completely once more, and now I feel stronger than ever.
Werk. You can pick up this new SHAPE issue after it hits newsstands and iPads on Monday, November 25th.
In the meantime, you can read the rest of her interview excerpt on their official website.