Jessica Lowndes' father is her body idol.

The '90210' star has revealed her record-holding dad, Dan's ''amazing shape'' encourages her to keep fit and hit the gym.

When asked to name her body idol, she said: ''My dad! He holds the teenage record for running across Canada. He's still in amazing shape and I really admire him.''

To follow in her father's footsteps, the brunette beauty ensures she works out three times a week and alternates weight training with taking yoga classes and doing cardio to maintain her petite size six figure.

Jessica added she never ''dreads exercising'' because she finds it therapeutic.

She said: ''I usually train with weights three times a week with a trainer. On other days I supplement that with other exercises - yoga, spinning, running. I make sure I take my diet seriously and remain consistent. That's the key.

''I never dread exercising. I may not like certain things on certain days, but for the most part I love exercising. It's my therapy.''

The 26-year-old actress also credits her healthy diet and drinking lots of water for her glowing skin but confessed she can't resist the odd treat, especially cupcakes with frosting.

She told Now magazine: ''I drink lots of water. It makes your skin glow and it's great for your overall health.

''I love anything with frosting! Hummingbird Bakery cupcakes are amazing. I can't say no to the red velvet cake.''