Can Chest Exercises Perk Up Your Boobs?
I can’t be the only one who has ever wondered if there’s a way to get perkier boobs. Push-up bras are one thing, but what about an all-natural lift? Is it possible? According to my research, it sure is. But first, a little background on the subject.
Why do breasts change with age?
It isn’t just gravity that works on our chest over time. As we age and our hormones change, our breasts begin to look less full and firm and the breast tissue itself begins to change. In case you didn’t know, our breasts are made of fatty tissue, and not muscles, so working out your chest area will not increase your chest size (in case any of you were curious). But by strengthening the muscles around your chest, your back, and under your arms, you can give an ample lift to your breasts, making them look perkier and reduce some of the sagging.
Can chest exercises prevent sagging?
Working out while not reverse the signs of aging, which includes sagging, but by looking after your body you can slow down the results. It’s also important to make sure your workout is balanced, so you’re working on pulling as well as pushing, to make sure that your muscles are evenly toned. Stronger chest muscles and weaker back muscles will cause you to hunch, which will make your boobs sag, no matter how good your pectoral muscles are. Also working on your posture, so your shoulders are pulled down and your back is straight, will also do wonders for your chest.
If you have serious concerns about your chest, like changes in color, size, or shape, consult your doctor. But in the mean-time, here are a few exercises that may help you on your way to perkier, more supported boobs:
It may look intimidating, but it’s a great upper body workout, and you should start with weights that you feel comfortable with. I recommend using dumbbells before you use a bar, because it’s easier to check that you have good form. Lie flat on your back on a bench, legs on either side, with your head near the top of the bench. Start with your elbows bent in a straight line with your shoulders, parallel with the bench, with your fists facing down your body. Push the dumbbells straight up in the air and bring the ends together, and then slowly release to the starting position.
Though you may have to work up to doing pushups with your knees lifted, you can start with the easier form until you feel strong enough to switch it up. Keep your back straight, your elbows tucked close to your sides, and try and get as low as possible before pushing back up. This will work your entire upper body, especially those pectoral muscles.
Put one knee and one hand on the bench, keeping your back flat. Start with your outside arm hanging straight down by your side, and slowly bend the arm and bring your fist to the outside of your chest, keeping your arm tucked by your side. Do with or without weights, but work until you feel the burn!
Another exercise that looks intimidating, but this one exercise works your entire body (and is way better than burpees, I promise you). With a dumbbell in each hand and your feet hip distance apart, keep your back straight and bend at the waist, keep your fists palms facing in and glide them down your legs until you’re back is parallel to the floor. Reverse to stand.
As with any exercise, make sure you’re wearing a supportive sports bra when you workout, and be sure to consult your doctor before starting a new workout regime or adding a new workout to your routine.
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