The Secret to having a Great Butt

The Secret to having a Great Butt

Divini Rae, Health & Fitness Coach, How to have a great buttOne of the most common areas people (especially women) want to improve is their butt. Though a good cardio routine can help you lose weight in this area, it won’t tone it up or give it the round shape. For that, you’re going to have to do some regular, targeted exercises specifically for that area of the body.

One of the most effective of these is the lunge. Static lunges and walking lunges are two sure-fire ways to strengthen and lift the booty. Here’s how they work:

  • Static lunge – For those new to exercise, grab two 5-10 pound dumbbells or hand weights, and stand with your feet together. Move one leg forward (about 3-4 feet in front of you), lower your back knee as close to the floor as you can get it, and keep your front knee at a straight, 90-degree angle. Hold for 10 seconds, push back, and switch legs. If this is too hard at first, cut out the dumbbells and do the lunges without them. You can work your way to weighted lunges later. Check out this video for a visual demonstration of how lunges are properly executed. 
  • Walking lunges – This one combines a great butt workout with cardio, so it’s extra effective. Just do the basic moves of a lunge, but instead of coming back to your feet-together position after one lunge, move your back leg to the front. Then, move your body forward, and do a lunge on the other side. Eventually, you’ll make your way across the room. Just turn around and do it all again!
Lunges work virtually every single one of the muscles in your butt, and they offer a great ab and thigh workout, too. Other great movements that work your booty include squats, kneeling kick-backs, bridge poses and deadlifts. Work these into your regular exercise routine and you’ll have the perfect bum in no time!Are there other exercises you’ve had success with? Share them in the comments! And be sure to check back tomorrow for a great recipe to keep you on track with your health goals!

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