Two weeks after I had my second son, Kessler, I was back in the gym.  But I quickly got frustrated, my body wasn’t bouncing back as quickly as it did when I had my first son two years earlier.  And it wasn’t just the scale, I had a tough time getting tone and firm again.  I did this segment for AOL On and got some great tips from Dallas Equinox trainer Yumi Warner.  Now, a year after giving birth, I”m two pounds away from my pre baby weight.  As all mothers know, my body will never be like it was before I got pregnant.  I’m okay with that, I’ve got two beautiful, healthy boys and I’m proud of everything my body’s been through to get them here.  But I still want to look and feel my best.  Here are a few simple things you can do at home to firm up, especially in your mid section.  Now if only I could lay off the chocolate!

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Lie down on your back and stick a foam roller (or rolled up towel) in between your thighs.  Lift your butt, squeezing your thighs and flutes together.  Lower down.  Repeat 10 times for 1 set.

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Wall squats.  With your back up against the wall, squat down into a seated position and pull your abs in until your back is flat. Hold here for 30 seconds, working your core and lower body.  To work your arms at the same time do shoulder presses using hand weights.

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Quaruped.  Get on all fours.  Lift one leg straight back and raise the opposite arm.  Then do the other arm and leg.  Do this 10 times on each side.


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