Posted by | Cyrena Rose
Mary J. Blige Exposes Solid Abs
“Whitney Houston’s death really crushed me. I saw someone so incredibly talented just diminish, and I refuse to go out like that.”
42-year-old Mary J. Blige appears on the December cover of Shape magazine showing off her toned abs and healthy physique and revealed the path she took to fitness, which includes a strict no-alcohol rule.
“I haven’t had a drink in a year and three months,” she said proudly. “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!”
“Praying, meditating, and being honest with myself. It’s not easy, but at the end of the day, if it’s not healthy — or if it’s killing you — you need to see the truth and stop,” she told Shape. “Others may be able to drink and have a great time, but it doesn’t work for me at this point.”
Mary’s workouts are focused on cardio, which she gets by running six to eight miles a week. “The treadmill is fine but running outdoors gives me the best results,” she shared. “It makes me feel better when I get that run in. I could be in the worst mood, but when I do my cardio I feel much, much better.”
“When I’m fit, I can conquer the world. I love the way I look and feel right now and am truly comfortable in my own skin.”
For info on Mary’s diet regimen, her holiday album, plus a strength routine from her trainer, JR Allen, pick up the current issue of SHAPE, on newsstands and iPads nationwide November 25.