Jessica Alba’s Go-To Workout Burns More Calories Than A HIIT Class

by | Nov 6, 2018

In an ideal world, we’d have ample time to prioritise our healthy habits. But (coz work, fam and life needs doing), most days it’s a mission to find a spare 10 mins to hit the gym – let alone any longer. Which is where Jessica Alba comes into it.

The actress and mum-of-three has found a way to navigate her jam-packed schedule and keep on top of her fitness. And, because she’s aware there’s pleeeeenty of us out there also feeling the pinch, she’s sharing her secret. Legend!

Enter, her “treadmill program.”

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“30 min cardio – when you only have 30 min to get it in,” she wrote on Instagram. “I have bad knees so the incline and treadmill is the only way I can.”

Then, via stories, she broke the program down:



Part One:

1 minute at 3 speed, 2 mins at 7 speed

Incline: 2

How long: repeat for 24 mins

Part Two:

30 seconds at 3 speed, 1 min at 7.5 speed

Incline: 1

How long: repeat for 6 mins

Part Three:

Cool down at 3 speed

Incline: 2

How long: 5 mins

Here’s the thing: research shows that running on the treadmill for half an hour can burn around 350 calories – which, FYI, is more than in a 30 min HIIT class. And sure, the instructions sound simple enough – but judging by her #sweatyselfie post-workout, we’re willing to hedge our bets it’s anything but.

Thanks for the tips, Albs!

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Women Fleeing Domestic Violence Can Now Receive A One-Off Support Payment

It’s been labelled the shadow pandemic and the fact remains that for many women across Australia, domestic violence is a lived reality that doesn’t discriminate by age, occupation, or socio-economic status. Researchers have found that during Covid-19 lockdowns, there was a surge in family and domestic violence, with agencies experiencing a surge in demand as nearly half their clients reported an increase in controlling behaviours. 

As many who have lived through such turmoil and trauma can attest, the roadmap to fleeing such situations at home can be fraught with challenges and extremely difficult to navigate, particularly when such bureaucracy makes it even harder. Now, it’s been announced that women fleeing a violent relationship will be given a one-off $5,000 payment as part of a federal government trial scheme. 

Known as the “escaping violence payment scheme,” the government has set aside $144.5 million over the next two years to give women $1,500 cash, with the remainder to pay for goods and services, bond, school fees and other necessaries to establish a new safe home. UnitingCare Network will be tasked with delivering the payments while helping link women and their children with relevant community services. 

As the Daily Telegraph reports, “An analysis of domestic violence data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that while it is more common for women from poorer areas, women from high socio-economic areas are not immune from experiencing partner violence.”

As Women’s Safety Minister Anne Ruston explained, the trial has been introduced with the aim to help women overcome the financial barriers that might deter them from leaving a violent relationship. “We know that financial hardship as well as economic abuse - which may involve interfering with work or controlling or withholding money - reduces women’s ability to acquire and use money and makes it difficult to leave violent relationships,” she said. 

“The payments will assist people who need financial support to leave. We know the size of the house a woman is fleeing doesn’t matter. Often she bundles the kids into the car, maybe the dog too and they leave with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.”

To be eligible for a payment, women must be facing financial stress and have some evidence of domestic violence such as a referral from a family and domestic violence service provider with a risk assessment and safety plan, or an AVO, court order or police report. As UnitingCare Australia National Director Claerwen Little said, “We believe that all people, especially women and their children, have the right to live freely and without fear, and this payment is an important step forward to ending violence against women and children.”

If you require immediate assistance, please call 000.

If you’d like to speak to someone about domestic violence, please call the 1800 

Respect hotline on 1800 737 732 or chat online. 

Under 25? You can reach Kids Helpline at 1800 55 1800 or chat online.