2nd November 2017
4 exercises to help perk up your boobs
2nd November 2017
Okay, so here’s the deal. No amount of exercise or training is going to increase the size of your breasts, but targeting the right muscle groups WILL give them a visible lift and boost the perkiness of your patooties. Couple this with a bust-boosting underwired bra (we love Lola, a pretty balconette bra set) and you’re all set.
Here are Little Women’s top 4 exercises to boost that bust!
This one’s tougher than it sounds – be warned! It works the back, chest, shoulders and triceps though so it’s worth the effort. To pike like a pro start in an inverted-V pike, with your hands and feet on the floor and your bum lifted high (like a Downward Dog, for all you yogis out there). Lower your left forearm to the floor, then your right. Then straighten your left elbow, followed by your right (returning you to the starting position). That’s one rep. Do four reps, then reverse it for four more reps.
Push-ups are a much-overlooked exercise. They are great for building strength in your arms and core, and they also strengthen muscles around your chest and shoulders.
Start in full press-up (your body should form a straight line from head to toe), your palms slightly wider than your shoulders. You can modify this and rest on your knees instead to take pressure off a weak lower back. Lower down until your chest almost touches the floor. Keep your arms at a 45-degree angle to your body. Pause (ouch!), then push back to the starting position. Do ten reps then rest for 90 seconds.
You’ll need a bench for this – if you’re at home then do this standing up, tilting forward at an angle, weighting your heels down and engaging your core to support your lower back. If you’re at the gym and on a bench, here’s how to nail the dumbbell fly: lie face up on a flat bench with your feet flat on the floor. Hold a pair of dumbbells above your shoulders with your elbows slightly bent. Keep the bend in your elbows and lower your elbows until they’re level with your chest. Keep the same bend in your elbows as you press the weight back up. Perform 10 reps then rest.
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Yoga makes you super-supple and bendy, yes, but it also strengthens muscles. The Camel pose, or Ustrasana, increases lung volume and strengthens the thorax. Camel pose also helps to protect your lower back (but perhaps swerve this if you have a current back injury). To master this pose sit on your knees with your feet together. Very slowly bend backwards – try placing your hands in the small of your back first, if that’s okay then reach back to rest your hands on your heels. Arch your back and stretch your ribs, with your head bent backwards towards the floor. Hold for 30 seconds and carefully return to the starting position. Namaste.
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