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Jennifer Lopez on January 2010 Cover of Allure

Jennifer Lopez: She's No Monster

Jennifer Lopez is looking radiant on the January cover of Allure, sharing with readers that her obsession with working out and counting calories are things of the past. "I'm not the monster I used to be in the exercise department," Lopez tells Allure. "You get past your 20s, you've got kids . . . you're kind of unmotivated."

After laying low for the last few years, 2010 promises to be big for the star. She's got a new album on the way, as well as the romantic comedy The Back-Up Plan. Make no mistake, though Lopez describes herself as being "unmotivated" when it comes to exercise, it doesn't seem like she's sitting around stuffing her face either. After the birth of her twins 18 months ago, Lopez worked hard to get rid of the baby weight and the results showed during her recent performance at this year's AMAs. Lopez is smart enough to know that in her world, appearances count:

"Part of my business is about being in shape and looking good. You can't lie to yourself about it . . ." Still, she is, she says, "a big portion-control person."

She confides that even though the desire to look good and be healthy is important to her, she wants to do, "the least amount to maintain that."

Do any of you share the same sentiment as Lopez — if you could get away with looking great with little work, would you?

kelkooshoe kelkooshoe 7 years
I like her,sexy and gorgeous!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
No, I don't do the least amount of exercise possible because I work out for other reasons besides just looking good. I do it for stress relief, for fun, to keep my heart in good shape, and to look good. I don't have kids, so maybe I don't understand that aspect of it as much as she does, but I think if I did have kids, I'd probably slack off a bit more because I wouldn't have as much time to devote to exercise.
Vanonymous Vanonymous 7 years
I agree with mondaymoos. It really depends. Sometimes I just really crave exercise. Other days, I have no motivation. I don't think it's fair to say that J.Lo only exercised for vanity reasons though. She completed a triathlon... that's an accomplishment that I don't think anyone would do for vanity's sake. I think what she's saying is now that she has children, her body is not as important to her as it used to be. Her children come first, even before herself. That's how I took it anyways. And I kind of see her point about having priorities that come before exercising. I used to turn down social events b/c I would miss a kickboxing class, but I think people should remember that maintaining relationships is just as important to your health as 60 min. of cardio can be.
vanillabean vanillabean 7 years
No, working out is a huge stress reliever for me. If I didn't do it, I know I'd be a really tense, unpleasant person.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 7 years
I go back and forth... Sometimes I'm really enjoying my workouts, looking forward to them and loving that I'm getting faster and stronger. Other times... I think of all the stuff I should/want to be doing and I'm reluctant to hit the gym.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I like to push myself, but then, I don't naturally look like J. Lo. I would kill for her skin, by the way.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I'm with laellavita and runningesq. It sounds like she exercises purely for the sake of vanity, so no wonder she's unmotivated. When I exercise and eat right, I have more energy and feel much better. So, I tend to want to do as much as possible, rather than the minimum.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
where's the rest of my post? <---- my reward for my first Ironman. I could be in shape on a lot less than 15 hours of training per week, but I really enjoy s/b/r.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I'm with laellavita. I enjoy pushing my body, and not for vanity. It's a great reward to "bite off more than you can chew" -- and then chew it. <---- my reward for my first Ironman. I could have been in shape by doing a lot less than 15 hours of training/ week, but I really enjoy s/b/r.
laellavita laellavita 7 years
no, because i think that part of what makes me FEEL great is that i know i can push my body to its outermost limits. it's beyond looking good and staying in shape that way, i also like working out for the sole purpose of working out and the accomplishments i get from it that way. besides, once you're in good shape, you have to keep pushing your body harder to maintain it otherwise your body could get used to it and you might backslide.
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