It’s bikini season, time to put your best butt forward! Ever since Kim Kardashian’s revered rear bumped the sinewy silhouette aside as the most coveted shape of a woman, we have done all we can to lift, shape and perk up our own backsides to bootylicious proportions.
When it comes to making the best of what we’ve got, it’s a 4-prong approach:
Cardio: Cardio exercises such as workout videos, kickboxing, step aerobics, stair climbing, elliptical, jogging, power walking intervals on an incline, hiking, swimming or rollerblading 4-6 times per week for 45-60 minutes will help with butt shaping. The great thing is that you don’t have to go to a gym to do this do-yourself workouts and you will still get the incredible butt you want! One of my QuickieChick tricks and musts? If I’m on a power walk, I always find a hill to jam up, squeezing my butt and focusing on toning, lifting, tightening!
Resistance: To lift and shape, you need to tear down the gluteus muscles and create active muscle cells that are ready to rebuild. Try butt exercises that focus on resistance and power moves that shock the butt muscles and force them to fire. A few butt lifter faves: Trim Thighs Quickie Workout in Bed (my personal go-to workout)
The Foods You Eat: I didn’t say to “diet,” this is more about “your diet”- what you eat/you’re your diet consists of. Having a shapely behind also has to do with foods you choose. If you want to lose size you have to minimize your calorie intake. Remember that 3500 calories equals 1 pound of fat. Make sure to eat wholesome, nutrient-rich meals with a proper balance of protein, high fiber low sugar carbohydrates and healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fats. Also, help the fat-trimming process by eating fat-burning foods (foods that naturally burn fat).
Drink lots of water with lemon (lemon acts as a mild diuretic) to flush out your system and minimize fluid retention and bloat. Believe it or not, after a night of sushi and soy sauce (loaded with salt) your butt will bloat! The goal is perky cherries, not swollen cherries! Water, Water, Water!
Alright, time to slip on that bikini and show off that butt at the beach!