Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes but sometimes it can use a little help. We all use the best skin products to help our skin glow, the best makeup to emphasize our best features, and eat the best food to stay trim and lean - why not do some work to help boost your breasts? While there is nothing much that can be done about the cup size of your breasts (that’s what breast augmentation is for), you can help them look better with just a few exercises that will work on your chest muscles and help hold your breasts up.
- Push Ups. This is a classic chest exercise that directly firms up your pectoral chest muscles. Starting in a push-up position (either from your toes, or in a modified position on your knees), ensure that the line of your head, neck, back, and toes (or knees) are all aligned in a straight line. Slowly lower to the floor, bending at the elbows while maintaining that straight line. Return to the starting position. Form is key in this exercise; it’s easy to droop and do it incorrectly but it is the correct form that will properly work your chest muscles.
- Chest Press. You need some weights for this one, but don’t worry, they don’t have to be dumbells or anything fancy; you can use soup cans or water bottles instead. Lying on your back with a weight in each hand, hold the weights directly above you with straight arms so that your hands are directly over your shoulders. Slowly lower the weights by bending your elbows and allowing them to fly out until the weights are even with your chest. Pull your abdominals in and push back up to the starting position.
- Plank. This one is deceptively simple, yet very difficult. Start in a push up position. Ensure the line is straight from your toes, through your hips and back, to your neck and head. Pull in your abdominal muscles, tighten your buttocks, and hold. Stay relaxed and hold to the count of 30 to start. Slowly work your way up to 2 minutes of planking.
- Tricep Dips. While it may seem counter-intuitive to do this exercise, it does really help strengthen chest muscles also. Start with a bench, or chair, behind you and position your hands on it, shoulder width apart. With your legs extended on the floor in front of you, slowly bend your elbows, lowering your body until your elbows are at a 90 degree angle. Push back up to the starting position. Bending your legs can make this exercise a little easier until you work up to the full expression.
- Pectoral Flies. This exercise really feels like you’re working your chest. You’ll need some light weights for this one as well. Using a bench, lie on your back with a weight in each hand. Extend your arms, palms up, out to your side until your hands are even with your chest. Keep a slight bend in your elbows. Raise the weights straight up until your hands touch straight above your chest. Lower your arms to the side again and repeat.
Keeping up a daily regimen will boost your breasts in no time! If breast augmentation is something you’re considering, be sure to call Dr. Rajagopal at the San Francisco Plastic Surgery and Laser Center for help and advice about the procedure.