As we age, unfortunately, our breasts age with us. But not just with time, pregnancy, hormonal changes and weight fluctuations can also force our breasts to surrender to gravity, leaving them saggier and less perky than before.
Although such is a part of life, maintaining your weight through a healthy diet and lifestyle can slow down the process. Here are some exercises that may assist in giving your bust a boost by strengthening the pectorals (muscles underneath your breasts).
Start off in a high plank position–creating a straight line from head to toe, palms on the ground, head facing down. Your palms should be placed slightly wider than shoulder-width distance apart. While keeping your elbows close to your ribs, lower your chest until it almost touches the floor. Push yourself back up to start. Repeat for 10 reps or as much as your body allows.
High-Low Ball Squeeze
Press a medicine ball or a small playground ball together with your palms. Stand with your feet a bit wider than hip-width distance apart and your toes pointed 45 degrees outward. Bend your knees and elbows about 90 degrees while bringing the ball to your chest. At the same time, engage your pectoral muscles as you squeeze your palms together. Extend your arms to raise the ball straight up overhead while keeping a slight bend in the knees. Then, squeeze the ball between your palms as you bend your knees back to a 90-degree angle.This completes one rep. Repeat for as many as your body allows.
Cobra Lat Pulldown
Lie down on your stomach with your arms extended overhead and your feet together. Lift your hands and feet four to six inches off the ground. Arch your back and lift your shoulders off the ground, lowering your elbows back towards your hips and spreading your feet apart. Pause briefly, feeling the tension in your upper back. Return to starting position, slowly extending your arms straight out and bringing your feet back together. Make sure your feet and hands do not touch the ground for the duration of the exercise. Repeat for as many as your body allows.
Lying Chest Fly
Grab a pair of 5-10 pound weights and lie on your back with your hips and knees lifted at 90-degree angles. Raise your arms toward the ceiling, bring your palms together, facing each other while keeping your shoulders slightly bent. Keeping your core engaged, open your arms out to the sides until your elbows are about two inches from the floor. Raise your arms back toward the ceiling, bringing the weights together over your chest. Repeat for as many reps as comfortable.
As with any exercise, listen to your body and be sure to consult a medical professional if anything doesn’t feel right.
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