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October 01, 2016

With one look at Jenna Dewan Tatum’s insane abs (see above for reference), it’s hard to believe that the 35-year-old was ever pregnant. Since the Step Up star did give birth to 3-year-old daughter Everly with hubby Channing Tatum, we had to ask: How did she get the ridiculously toned bod that she has today?

“I breastfed for a very long time, which helped a lot,” Danskin’s newest ambassador told InStyle of dropping the pounds. While she went back to work quickly and didn’t have a ton of time to hit the gym, she did manage to get in daily workouts—by turning Everly’s bedtime routine into a workout itself!

“I used all of the minutes and hours that I would be rocking Evie to sleep, and I’d make it a workout. So I’d be doing lunges across the room or squats or whatever I was doing, because I was going to be doing it for 40 minutes regardless, so I might as well turn it into a little bit of a workout,” she said, revealing that the rocking motions lulled her daughter to sleep and toned her body in the process. “I think that it fully helped kind of snap things back in shape a little bit faster than they would have.”

Still, the new mom didn’t put pressure on herself to drop the weight. “I think women put so much pressure to lose the weight instead of focusing more on, 'oh my god we just gave birth to a human being,' which is actually insane and beautiful. Give it time, give it time. It will come off,” she told InStyle.

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Three years after giving birth, the actress has never looked better. So how does she maintain her killer bod? There’s no one workout that she swears by, citing dance-based workouts, spin classes, and weight training as some of the many ways she exercises. “For me, it has to keep my interest so I’ve got to switch it up," she said.

And yes, she does occasionally partake in a sweat session with her handsome hubby. “Chan really only likes to do Crossfit,” she said. “We are naturally very competitive so we have fun. Yeah, we have a good time. It’s just finding a good time to do it, really.”

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As for her diet, the longtime vegetarian swears by playing up flavor and spice, rather than dousing dishes in salt. For breakfast, she opts for green smoothies or oatmeal. Lunch and dinner vary, but her favorites include quinoa bowls with harvest vegetables and tacos with rice, beans, avocado, and tempeh.

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For this on-the-go mom, keeping snacks on hand is essential. “I always love hummus, and I always have some kind of fruit on me,” she said. “There are these Luna bars that I really love that I always have in the car. It’s like emergency food.”