by Babs O’Reilly
(Miami, Florida, US)
Have you ever asked a friend, husband or child the question, “Does this make my butt look big?” As women, our backsides are probably the most thought-about part of our anatomies.
We’re constantly on the lookout for jeans, pants, shorts or swimsuits that will slim, tuck and hold in our backsides so that we’ll feel more confident when we venture out in public.
A considerable number of fat cells (plenty more than we want) can be found in our backsides, and they aren’t likely to let go easily. You most certainly won’t acquire a tighter, firmer tush without dedicating yourself to a “kick ass” program that will eventually grant your wish.
There are exercises galore designed to tone and trim the butt, but unless you combine them with a good fat-burning diet program – and a firm commitment, you won’t achieve the results you desire. But, if you’re truly committed to reaching your goal, the results will follow.
The best exercises to firm your butt don’t require a club membership or any special equipment. Walking and/or jogging are two of the desirable ways to tone your butt and get a cardio workout besides.
Riding a bicycle and engaging in sports such as tennis, swimming and volleyball will also do wonders for the rear.
Two of the best exercises designed to firm and round out the butt are:
Front Lunges – With your feet shoulder length apart, step forward with your left foot. Bending at the knee, bring your leg forward until the knee is over the ankle. Return to starting position and repeat with right leg. You may want to hold on to the back of a chair for balance.
Squats – Stand with feet apart and squat down, keeping your back straight. Return to standing position and repeat several times.
You may also use a chair to help keep your balance. Simply squat and let your butt touch the chair before rising to the standing position.
If you tire of the normal firming and toning exercises, try kickboxing for a change.
Many health clubs now offer classes in this exhilarating and tension-busting exercise. The carefully controlled kicks combined with an aerobic workout target the butt and leg areas and also burn fat.
Don’t just dream of having a terrific tush – commit yourself to some hard work and see the results in the mirror and in clothes that fit where it matters!