How to Tighten Your Butt Fast
The butt is a subject of much debate in dieting and fitness circles.
Is bigger better?
How big is too big?
While size is a matter of personal preference, most people agree that all butts, big and small, look best when they're tight and toned.
If your derriere could use a little makeover, try some of the exercises below. They don't require special equipment; in fact, you can start doing them right now in your own home, or even while you're running errands!
Butt squeezes are a well-kept secret. You can do them anywhere - while cooking in the kitchen, reading in bed, or even waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store - and nobody will ever know!
Even better, butt squeezes are very effective. They can tighten your butt quickly, since you can basically do them all day long, wherever you are.
To do a butt squeeze, simply clench your butt muscles as tightly as you can. Hold the clench for 15 to 30 seconds, then release. Keep doing this for five minutes.
As your butt muscles grow stronger and more toned, you will be able to do more sets throughout the day, and hold the squeezes for longer periods of time. Do as many as you can without leaving yourself in agony.
Butt squeezes are great for toning the large upper part of the butt, but what about the flabby lower part? Fitness Magazine recommends toe taps to isolate and tone this troublesome area.
To do toe taps, lie on your back on the floor with your arms relaxed at your sides. Lift your legs at a 90 degree angle, with your thighs perpendicular to the floor. Then drop your left foot so that the toes tap the floor. Bring it back up to the starting position as you repeat the move with your right foot.
Keep tapping the floor with alternating feet for about one minute. You should start to feel the burn in your lower glutes!
Brisk walking is a great way to tone your legs and butt, but running is even better. When you run, your butt muscles work harder to propel you forward with each stride. Some people like running in sand or loose dirt for a harder workout.
The best type of running for maximum butt-toning is running uphill. The forward slant of your body makes your butt work harder than ever to keep pushing you onward. You can program your treadmill to run on an incline, or simply find a park or neighborhood with plenty of hills.
Taking the Stairs
Remember the step-workout craze, which had people stepping up and down onto a low surface for the duration of the routine? It turns out that those folks were onto something: Stepping up and down is a great workout exercise in burning fats for the butt!
You've probably seen people at the gym, hogging the Stairmaster for hours at a time. While they might be overdoing it a tad, they have the right idea. Stairs give you the benefit of a great step-workout without the need to lug extra equipment around.
If you'd rather skip the gym entirely, go to your local sports stadium during a weekday. There, you'll find tons of stairs and very few spectators. Run or walk up the stairs, depending on your level of fitness. Once you've mastered that, take the steps two at a time.
Stair-climbing tones your butt while it burns fat and strengthens your heart. Experiment until you find the pace and duration you're most comfortable with.
Remember: The butt is a large muscle group, so focusing a lot of attention on toning it will produce quick, visible results. You should also learn how to lose upper leg fats to get a better look too. Start today, and your rear view will improve - fast!