Take cue from Cuban beauty Eva Mendes, who after giving birth to her daughter Esmeralda Amada Gosling six months ago, will front the cover of the Women’s Health Magazine this April.

A hottie all on his own, Ryan Gosling sure is one lucky man, for Mendes seems to have pulled out all the stops to showcase body tone that any women (post-pregnancy or not) would kill to have. And, while the actress admits that exercise isn’t exactly her favorite thing in the world, she knows that it’s necessary.

Getting Down & Dirty
When it comes to working out, it’s always better to have a well-rounded routine. From warm-ups, cardio, weight-training and the much-needed cool down sessions, the actress likes to mix things up and keep it interesting. She runs—incorporating sprints—and lifts light-weights. “I don’t do anything too heavy, because my muscle bulks up pretty easily. I mix it up with yoga, or sometimes I’ll hike with my trainer,” she says.

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Gobble It Up
As most of you are aware, exercising is just a part of being fit; diet is very important. Eva has been a vegetarian for the last six years, and cutting out meat has contributed to the good health or her skin, while also helping her shed the pounds. But, getting all the right kinds of fats, and proteins, along with healthy carbs from fruit and vegetables is the key to sustaining a nutritious vegetarian diet.

Mind Over Matter
Now, whatever you do for a living—teaching, cooking, training—there is always a certain level of stress that’s part of the work equation. That being said, a healthy diet and exercise routine is a great way to relieve stress, and having someone to share it with is even better. For this A-lister, that special someone is her therapist. “Having [a therapist] who’s totally objective and who points out my patterns—I find that really helpful. And I’m lucky to work with someone who doesn’t just sit there and nod her head, you know? I need to hear what you think! Tell me what’s wrong with me so I can fix it!” she says.

Your special someone can be a celebrity that motivates you (like Eva), but in the end, your fitness journey is yours alone, although having a trainer and nutritionist can sure help you reach your destination much faster.

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Charlene Flanagan is a lifestyle journalist whose love for language drove her to earn her Bachelor’s degree in English literature, as well as pursue her Masters in Arts. Over the last five years, she’s contributed to a number of leading publications, and has particularly enjoyed reviewing books and restaurants, as well as interviewing celebrities. Her recent switch to a holistic lifestyle has her looking at her food choices very differently—although she won’t admit it. When she’s not busy writing up about workouts, home remedies, and skincare essentials, she spends her time being the quintessential city girl who’s excited to see what life has in store for her.