Jessica Alba, Camila Alves and other celebrities share the habits that keep them feeling healthy

By Julie Mazziotta
Updated September 01, 2016 10:05 AM
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Whether they’re hitting the road to go on tour, spending hours on a TV shoot or running a business, these five busy celebrities are low on time for self-care. So they’ve each developed their own healthy habits to stay in tip-top shape.

Here, Jessica Alba, Camila Alves, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelsea Ballerini and Marilu Henner share their best tips for living well.

Jessica Alba
As the founder of Honest Company and a mom of two, Alba has trouble finding the time to exercise.

“Now it’s less about what my body is going to look like and more about how it makes me feel for the rest of the day,” she tells PEOPLE.

So these days she goes for endorphin-boosting workouts at least twice a week.

“[It] makes me feel more productive and alert,” Alba says. “And it’s a stress reliever.”

Camila Alves

That sentiment is likely familiar for Alves, the co-founder of the organic baby food line Little Spoonfuls, who also has three munchkins on her hands.

Instead of hitting the gym, Alves has become a master multitasker.

“If I’m cooking, I’ll do leg lifts. There are certain things you can do,” she says. “My days are really hectic with a lot of conference calls, so now I get out and walk while I’m on them.”

Tracee Ellis Ross

A former track and cross country runner, working out was easy for Ross growing up. But now, at age 43, the Black-ish star has to pump up her gym time, so she relies on trainer Tracy Anderson to keep her body in top shape.

“I really thought that when I turned 35, I would have to stop showing my upper thigh and stop wearing tank tops,” Ross says. But thanks to Anderson, “my shape sort of snatched itself up in a way that I love. I’m toned, but I’m not cut up. I like a little jiggle.”

Kelsea Ballerini

For years, Ballerini was a total stranger to exercise. But now that the country singer, 22, is constantly on tour, she’s learning to appreciate how working out helps her on stage.

“I just started working out a month ago, because I hate it,” Ballerini says.

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She enlisted trainer Erin Oprea (who also works with Carrie Underwood) to keep her motivated.

“I don’t love cardio, but I want to feel stronger and I want to feel toned, so we do smaller weights and a ton of reps. She kicks my butt!” Ballerini says. “I noticed I have more endurance when I’m running around performing.”

Marilu Henner

Henner learned long ago that good nutrition is essential to overall well-being.

“My father died when I was 17, and my mother when I was 26,” she says. “After that I vowed to learn everything I could about being healthy.”

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Now Henner follows her “love food that loves you” philosophy, and focuses on eating veggies, fruits, brown rice, tofu and quinoa, and cut out all dairy, beef, chicken and shellfish. She says nutrition was a big part of her husband Michael Brown’s recovery from cancer, the subject of their new book, Changing Normal: How I Helped My Husband Beat Cancer.