The other day I got a glimpse of my rear in the mirror at a store and thought--eeks! It looked a tad deflated, and felt like doing a set of squats right then and there (I didn't). If you're like me--interested in toning up your rear--here are a few exercises we can do anywhere, anytime ...
Want a better butt? I loved these tips I found over at WebMD to get us in the rear-toning mood:
1. The good ol' squat: "It directly engages the glutes, and you can build bigger musculature by adding weights," reports WebMD. Here's how: Keep feet parallel, shoulder-width apart. Slowly lower hips as if sitting in an invisible chair; then return to standing. Make sure your knees do not push out in front of your toes. Keep your torso tight and back straight.
2. The forward lunge: "This butt builder also tones the thighs and calves, and it's a pretty good calorie burner, too," says WebMD. Here's how: Feet parallel, hip-distance apart, take one giant step forward. Lower your body slowly, bending both knees, and return to standing. Repeat on the other side. Bend your knees no farther than 90 degrees, front knee stacked directly over your front ankle. Do not rest your back knee on the ground.
3. Exercise ball leg lift. This is my favorite-favorite butt exercise, because you can really feel the burn. Here's how: Laying face down on a balance ball (your tummy will be on the ball, and your arms will rest on the ground) Keep your abs tight and back flat. Squeeze the gluteal muscles tight as you lift one leg. Just a few inches is fine, especially for beginners. Be careful not to engage the muscles of the low back.