Eva Mendes Shares Her (Surprisingly Relatable) Post-Baby Body Secret

Eva Mendes has an amazing attitude towards her post-baby body—and we're into the surprising tip she employs to get herself in killer shape.

Eva Mendes is a mom after our own hearts. Remember when we told you the actress refuses to obsess over getting back into her pre-baby skinny jeans? Well, Eva has divulged one of her top secrets to getting her body back in killer shape after babies, and it's...probably something most everyday moms rely on as well.

Sure, Eva works out and eats well. But that's not the only way Eva keeps herself fit—the mama also gets her fix by running around after her two daughters, Esmeralda and Amada. Sound familiar?

“In some ways, it’s been more challenging to get back in shape after my second daughter. Yet it’s not as hard as I thought it would be, because I’m always running around with the kids. I never sit down—I’m on the move all day," Eva told Shape.

Of course, most women aren't going to completely peel off the weight by relying on the physical demands of motherhood as exercise alone—nor is it healthy to neglect fitness and healthy eating just because your kids keep you on your toes—but there's definitely some truth to this. Chances are, when you become a mom you'll spend way less time vegging out in front of the TV or sleeping in on weekends. Those wonderfully lazy habits will likely be replaced with cleaning up messes (getting down to wipe the floor counts as squatting, right?) and chasing after energetic little humans. 

We won't lie to you: Eva does hit the gym and keep her diet in check to look the way she does (she's into interval training and packs her diet with healthy staples like eggs and salmon), but we so appreciate that this lady understands the importance of balance. 

Being your healthiest self is important when you become a mom, and Eva also pointed out that she stocks her home with healthy foods to set a strong example for her girls. That doesn't mean she'll never touch a piece of chocolate, but it does mean she makes healthy choices more often than not. And that point about never having a chance to sit down when you're trying to raise little ones? That's some seriously relatable stuff.

There's this idea that moms have to let themselves go in favor of taking care of their kids, and that's not always the case—it's just about learning to reframe your perception of what those healthy habits are. If Eva's fitness secret is any indication, motherhood may actually help you stay as healthy as possible. Have you experienced this yourself?