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She may not have much to teach us about marriage, but Mighty Madge is a rock 'n' role model when it comes to exercise. Just ask celebrity photographer Humberto Carreno, who stakes out her sweaty comings and goings for Startraks Photo in New York City. "She's amazing. She never misses a day," he says. Here are a few of her stay-fit secrets.1. Stick to a time, but be flexible.
Like clockwork, Madonna leaves her home at 8 a.m. to exercise. Even the morning after a late-night event, she won't skip her workout. "She'll come out later, at 10:30," Carreno says.2. Ditch the crummy sweats.
Catch the Material Girl in old T-shirts? Never! "She always looks great, wearing the coolest athletic clothes," Carreno notes. "It must motivate her."3. Change it up.
"She's really careful about not getting bored. One day she'll go to the gym, the next she'll be jogging in Central Park," Carreno says. "I've never seen her do the same thing twice in a row."4. Find friends who love to work out.
They'll not only encourage you, they'll join you. Carreno has shot Madonna running with Ingrid Casares; in London, she's been seen leaving her gym with Gwyneth Paltrow and Stella McCartney.5. Don't overdo it.
Carreno has noticed that the singer never works out for more than 45 minutes. So take heart: An incredible body doesn't have to be a full-time job -- just a regular commitment.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, February 2009.