Gravity, breastfeeding and losses in skin elasticity all take a toll and many women can become self conscious about the fact that their breasts do not look as perky and firm as they did during their younger years. Fortunately, there are exercises which can help combat all of these effects. Below are five exercises for firmer lifted breasts.
The dumbbell bench press. This exercise is a fantastic way to build-up the muscles underneath your breasts. This fairly straightforward exercise involves laying your back on an exercise bench, parallel to the floor, with a weight in each hand (try two pound dumbbells at first and work your way up). Push the weights up into the air while keeping your back flat against the bench for sets of 10 to 12.
The push-up. Men have been using push-ups to train and build their chest muscles forever, harnessing the power of body-weight to train and develop the chest. The traditional push-up is a great way to train breast muscles and make breasts look more youthful.
Stair push-ups. The stair push-up is another great way of building chest muscles and lifting breasts. This exercise is almost identical to the traditional push-up, except instead of having your body flat on the ground, have your hands placed on the top of the bottom stair. Lift and lower yourself onto the step for three sets of 10 reps, with as little rest in between each set as possible.
Overhead dumbbell press. This exercise requires that you stand up and position your feet so that they are resting directly below your hips. Taking a dumbbell in each hand, lower them to your sides and proceed to push the dumbbells up into the air above your head as if you were raising your hands to the sky. Repeat for three sets, at 10 reps per set, resting as little as you can manage and you will start to notice a difference in the position of your breasts.
The Bhujangasan. This yoga pose not only does wonders for your posture, it also helps to tone your chest muscles. Lie on your stomach with your palms on the floor placed on either side of your chest. Keep your belly planted as you slowly peel your head and chest from the floor, arching your upper back and reaching your upper breastbone to the sky. Slide your shoulder blades down your back and press into the palms of your hands for support. Take two deep breaths, then lower back to the floor. Repeat in sets of 10 to 12 repetitions.
Aging can be unpleasant, but with the right exercise regimen, targeting the areas that you are most self-conscious about, you can reverse the effects of time and gravity. Incorporate the above five exercises into your workout routine and you will notice a difference in the the placement and firmness of your breasts.