Staying in shape doesn’t have to mean losing your feminine curves. If you want to remain fit and keep your hourglass figure, practice a combination of weight maintenance, toning exercises and stress management. While you can’t choose where on your body you want to burn fat, you can lose or maintain weight all over, and build up muscle in the areas that you want to look larger. For curves, this means building your bust and hip.
Firstly, checking your body fat percentage is absolutely necessary. If you’re not overweight and have a lower body fat ranging between 14 and 20 per cent your curves are most likely made up of muscle. In this case you can safely lose weight without the risk of losing your curves. All you will need to do are some simple body sculpting exercises to maintain them.
However, if you’re carrying a little bit of extra weight with a body fat percentage of 20% or higher your curves are probably made by fat. When you start exercising and losing weight you will lose some of this shape, but in return you will be healthy and toned.
HOW TO BEGIN
Start your fitness routine by doing some type of cardio workout for 30 – 60 minutes. Whether it be walking or working out on the elliptical machine, cardio is a great start to fat loss and will improve your overall fitness level.
Interval training should be every curvy girl’s new best friend. This consists of short intense fat burning workouts that will help you lose weight fast all over your body. This type of exercise will also help you to maintain and improve your curves as it removes the surface fat that can hide the toned muscles underneath.
Simply walking on the treadmill for hours on end won’t get you the same results. It may be easier but those long 45-to-90 minute daily workouts overwork your muscles, which may cause you to lose your natural curves as you lose weight.
Weight is a matter of calories in vs. calories out. If you eat 3,500 more calories than you burn, you will gain 1 pound. Conversely, you will lose 1 pound if you cut out that same amount. Maintain an equilibrium. It helps to use an online calorie calculator to determine your daily needs. In addition to diet, it takes exercise to stay in shape. Exercise burns calories while you’re active and also builds muscle that causes you to burn more calories at rest.
Hips and Buttocks
Keep your curvy hips and rear with strength training. By isolating your glutes, you can build them and create a perkier appearance. Squats and lunges are two butt lifters that you can easily do at home. Perform them with hand weights for added resistance. If you have gym access, use a stair treadmill. Move slowly, and place all of your body weight onto each foot as you go. Working your buttocks 20 minutes a day, three days a week should yield visible results.
Attaining the perfect bottom and hips are high on most women’s agenda, which makes lunges and squats the ideal exercise for toning up fast. Whilst traditional squats work well, why not include single leg squats in your exercise regime for added effort. Support your body by holding on to something and squat down on one leg. Drive through the heel of that leg as quickly as possible to return to a standing position. Repeat 8-12 times.
Side lunges also work well and are equally effective for problem areas. Ease in to the deepest part of the lunge and ping back to the starting position for the perfect round bottom in no time.
Chest, Core and Arms
You won’t go from an A cup to a D cup with exercise, but training your chest muscles will cause your bust to appear fuller and firmer. At home, do pushups. Leave your knees on the ground if traditional pushups are too difficult. At the gym, do bench presses, chest dips, cable crossovers and pullovers. Perform two or three sets of your chosen exercises, each with 10 to 15 repetitions. If you are just starting out, it’s OK to work up to this level.
Your core is the key to maintaining a flat stomach which make arm and leg oppositions a perfect place to start. Start with your hands and knees on the floor. Move the right arm up and the left leg back, keeping both the arm and the leg parallel to the floor. Keep the core, or abs, tight for 30 seconds. Repeat with the left arm and right leg, completing one set of this exercise. Try to complete two sets of 10 repetitions.
Finally, get rid of flabby arms by doing push-ups, either plank or with knees bent. Do three sets of 10 repetitions.
Next do triceps dips by standing in front of a chair. Put your arms behind and grab the edge of the chair with your palms. Move legs out in front and dip the lower body until arms are parallel to the floor.
Bracing the abs with waist cinchers when doing any exercise, especially squats and lunges. Squeezing your tummy muscles will engage your core and give better results in a shorter time frame.
Apart from the above, the rest lies with good nutrition and a good balance of a healthy mix of protein, fats and fibrous carbohydrates such as cabbage which is vital to any fat loss goal.
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