For many of us, the majority of our day is spent sitting down in front of a desk or a computer with little to do to whip us into shape. Our sedentary lifestyles can wreak havoc on our bodies and when it comes to sitting down, our butts probably get the worst treatment of all. While working out and staying active are great ways of toning your muscles and getting into shape, you can go even further to get the body of your dreams. And getting your butt back in shape? That’s just part of the package.
- Hip Lifts
The key to good butt strength is working out the rear and back muscles sufficiently. The trouble is, many workouts don’t focus on them as part of the routine. You might want to try hip lifts as an effective exercise. Lie on your back on a yoga mat, both feet level with your hips. Slowly raise the bottom half of your body upwards, so your upper back is resting against the floor and your hips are raised into the air. Hold for a count of 30, then rest.
- Step Ups
Want to tighten up your glutes? Step ups are the way forwards. As simple as they sound, step ups can be performed practically anywhere you like, as long as you have something sturdy to take the force of your weight. Using a strong chair, simply step up and down on the seat, making sure to keep your back straight and your legs tensed. The more repetitions that you do, the stronger that you will become!
Perhaps the best exercise for butts out there, squats can be performed in any number of ways, used to strengthen your core and tone up your lower muscle groups. With your legs hip width apart, gently lower your body until your legs are at a 90 degree angle. Make sure to keep your back straight and stick your butt out as you lower your body down; this way, you will work your muscles much more effectively!