Unfortunately, gravity takes its toll on our body as a whole, but nowhere is as noticeable as our bottoms. If like most women, you have a love/hate relationship with your derriere, your desire is to return your bum to its teenage glory. Of course, easier said than done. More than most areas, the bottom takes hard work and effort to restore its pertness and firmness, but positive results do wonders for self-esteem and image.
Below are four exercises which when done properly and consistently, in sets of 10-15, work your glutes, resulting in a smaller, toned bum! Yippee!!!!!!
1. The Quadruped Hip Extension
Get on your hands and knees, tightening abdominal muscles to stabilize spine and torso. Lift one leg, keeping knee bent at 90 degrees, until the sole of your foot is parallel with the ceiling, and your upper leg is in line with the rest of your body. DO NOT arch your back. Lower your leg to the starting position. Repeat 8-12 times before changing sides.
According to the American Counsel On Exercise, this more than any other movement, targeted the gluteal muscles. Add ankle weights or increase repetitions to make this exercise more difficult.
Ah yes, there is no escaping lunges when it comes to toning the glutes. Much as most of us loathe lunging, its very effective for building a great butt. Stand with feet shoulder width apart, and pointed straight ahead. Step forward with toes pointed straight ahead and knee directly over the toes, lowering the knee of your back leg down to the ground. Be careful not to allow your front knee go forward beyond your toes. Tense your butt muscles and push yourself back up to starting position. Repeat on opposite side. Hold dumbbells to increase difficulty.