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Shake, Shake, Shake: Your Booty, That Is!

Aug 17, 2007
If you ask most women what one area of their body needs help most, they would probably say, "My backside!" Before we get into this subject in detail, it is important to make one thing clear, the genetic makeup is different for everyone. You may be able to firm and tone your gluteus maximus, but don't be fooled into thinking it will melt down to a perfect size by exercising it off.

Originating from the Latin word meaning largest, gluteus maximus refers to that part of the thigh muscle which is the largest portion of the buttocks. There are three glutes which make up your butt muscle; the maximus; medius; and minimus. Unfortunately, the medius and minimus (don't you just love these words!) are hardly every noticeable. There is no need to tell you again what the larger muscle is, right? These three muscles allow you to move.

Since the booty is more than one muscle, it stands to reason why there would be a wide variety of exercises to shape and strengthen it. Now that you know what the booty is; the make-up of it; it's time to exercise it.

Joining a gym would be ideal. They have equipment specifically designed for this area of your body. The importance of understanding how to exercise these muscles can only be explained by a professional. Once he or she takes into account your body type, overall health, and the level at which you can exercise, you will be able to properly participate in this regimen. Remember too, a proper diet along with exercise can yield far better results than just the latter alone.

Here are some typical exercises used to strengthen and tone your booty. Squats; plie squats; lunges; hamstring curls; leg extensions; walking up stairs; using a treadmill; and walking up a hill or steep incline. Yes, this reads like a novel from hell, but rest assured it does work. Remember the Richard Simmons tapes? They were and still are all the rage. Dare I say, however, most of us probably pop in the DVD just to hear the fabulous music? Let's face it; the music really does make you want to move, right? Since you have the DVD in the player, why not exercise as well?

Lunge forward to the coffee table and dust it; don't take the elevator, walk up to your apartment door. Squat and pick up the crumbs from the kitchen floor. Get the picture?

Whether you play music to lower your blood pressure; bring back a long forgotten memory, or exercise; it does account for definite changes within your body. So the next time you go to the gym, or go for a walk; bring your portable CD player with you and let the music move you!

Shake your booty; relieve the stress; and enjoy the high. Empower yourself; you'll never know what you can accomplish until you try.
About the Author
Patricia has been interested in weight loss & fitness since the early 70's and knows the difference between hype & fact. For daily Dieting & Fitness Information please visit: http://www.The-Weightloss-Guide.com/blog
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