Monday, September 1, 2008

Bridal Exercise Tips | Firm That Butt

How to Firm Your Butt Before Your Wedding Day

Everyone wants to have a nice butt - it makes our clothes fit and look better. If you are bride-to-be, you have all the more reason to want a perfect butt. But how do you achieve it?

Well, part of it boils down to genetics. Our genes determine some things about our butts - whether it is big, small, low, high, flat, or rounded. But lack of exercise will make it look bad whatever shape it is because it is the defintion of the muscles in the butt that make all the difference.

Here are some easy tips that will help you get started on firming your butt soon!

Increase the Incline on the Treadmill

Walking is definitely one of the best cardiovascular exercises you can do. However, we tend to get lazy working out at the gym on the treadmill. In order to pump up their workout routine, people increase the speed on the treadmill - they switch from walking to running for shorter durations. Well, instead of doing that, you can tay walking on an incline. Mix it up every few minutes, increasing the incline from the lowest to the highest. Walking on an incline gives the muscles in your butt a good workout. It makes it look firmer over time. Another option is to use the elliptical machine, and set the option to target only the muscles in your butt, and increase the incline on that. The key is to vary between machines by using the incline option more than the speed incline.

Walk, walk and walk.

Now that gas prices have almost doubled since last year, you may want to leave your car at home on short errands to the convenience store or the grocery store. Try doing this especially during the weekends, when you are less stressed for time. You can make the walk to the store and back a time for a short workout. Research have shown that walking burns calories at an amazing rate. Anther option is to use your bicyle! It's big in Europe, you might as well give it a try.

Take the Stairs

Simply put, take the stairs over the elevator whenever you can! I walk up and down to my apartment six flights of stairs everyday. If you are just starting, do it a couple days a week until you build up your stamina to do it everyday. Once you have built your stamina, try to skip every other step. Footing the higher step will put your leg at, or near, a 90 degree angle, forcing you to push off of your front heel onto the next step. This movement targets the muscles in the butt, and ends up toning the muscles in your legs as well.

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