Jessica Alba's Post-Baby Workout: Burpees (No, Not That Kind)

01/12/2012 at 06:00 PM EST

Jessica Alba Post-Baby Workout
Jessica Alba
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In less than five months, Jessica Alba has gone from pregnant to bikini-clad, and she has her daughters to thank for her speedy slim-down.

"I'm running around after a 3½-year-old so that always keeps you on your toes," the actress, 30, told reporters at an In Style/Forevermark event Tuesday at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Along with chasing after daughter Honor, Alba also credits keeping a tighter rein on her cravings while expecting baby Haven, born in August.

"It was my second pregnancy so I think I just didn't indulge as much," she explains. "It was easier to snap back."

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In a bikini over the holidays


Working out with her friend Kelly Patricof has also proven effective for Alba – although she admits, "we complain a lot." Their least favorite move? "Burpees" – and they're not what you think.

The exercise "hurts your feelings," the Honest Company co-founder jokes. "You have to squat down, do a push up and then clap your hands above your head."

“We have a very mean trainer,” Patricof adds.

While expectant celebrity pals like Jessica Simpson have publicly declared their desire to have her post-pregnancy body, working on her fitness isn't a high priority for Alba at home.

"I just feel thankful and blessed that I have two beautiful children," she says. "That's my focus."

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