Mary J Blige Fronts Shape December 2013

Posted Tuesday November 19, 2013 4:30 PM GMT

Continuing promotions for her brand new Christmas album A Mary Christmas, Mary J Blige was selected to front the December 2013 issue of Shape magazine.

While showing off her flawless tummy in a sexy white bikini for the spread, the 42-year-old discussed her favorite workouts and her why she gave up alcohol.

"My main exercise is cardio," Miss Blige explained. "The treadmill is fine but running outdoors gives me the best results. I try to job 6 to 8 miles a week. I could be in the worst mood, but when I do my cardio I feel much, much better."

Also devoting time to swimming, Mary stated, "At first it was very hard, but once I got in the water and figured out how to breathe, it was so liberating."

In regards to cutting alcohol out of her life, the 42-year-old singer revealed that Whitney Houston's death greatly influenced her decision. "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," she added.

Photo Credit: Shape

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