Get a Hot Post-Baby Body

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Do you know where your pre-baby body went?

With a little effort, it's not far off, says fitness pro Tracy Anderson, whose A-list clients include Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Whether you're a new mom or a veteran, the key is to set aside time for exercise and keep yourpractice consistent, Anderson says. The payoff? A fitter body, calmer mind and happier mom.Anderson developed her dance-inspired fitness program after gaining 60 pounds while pregnant with her son.

Try the trainer's tips for a killer post-baby body:

-- Don't think you need to lose weight before you start exercising.

-- Find a workout that fits your schedule.

"It may be unrealistic for a new mom to drive to the gym and have a trainer," Anderson says. "Start with 15 minutes a day and work up to doing something at home for 45 minutes a day."

-- Have a practical idea in your mind of how you want your body to look and work toward that goal.

"You need to know where you want to go and exercise appropriately for that," she says.

-- Find a workout that fits your budget and lifestyle.

Anderson will offer free and low-cost downloadable workouts on her Web site beginning June 1. "There's no equipment," she says. "You need me and a mat or towel. That's it."

-- Move your body six days a week.

"Three days a week is not OK," Anderson says.

-- Be consistent.

Stick with your program and you'll see results, which inspires further progress.

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