A lot of information about our general health is stored in the shape of our body, particularly in our buttocks. Just the size of the buttocks can already point out the general health status of a person. Having this in mind, most people have a tendency to believe that fat storage is bad for their health, but further research shows that this may not be true.
Statistics show that those with bigger buttocks have a lower cholesterol level and higher intelligence than others because they require more Omega-3 fats – which contribute to brain development. We may not think it, but our body is an extremely smart system and knows where to store fat. For women, their hormones dictate that the fat be mainly stored in the buttocks in order to protect the heart.
So, having a larger buttock can be good in some cases, but there is always room to remove the fat and strengthen it. Read on to see the different things you can do based on the shape.
Square Shaped: The square shape can depict several things. It may indicate that the individual does exercise, but their gluteal muscles are still weak. The fat distribution may also give the impression that the buttocks extend into the love handles and waist. This indicates that the person may have a little bit of extra fat around the tummy. Not to worry, though; continue to exercise or even ramp up your program to remove the unwanted fat from this area.
Circle Shaped: If you have a circle buttock or have seen someone with one, it’s an indication of good health. The shape also indicates that there is a small storage of fat in the upper part of the buttocks. But there is no need to worry; it’s easy to get rid of.
Heart-shaped: This is the shape that most women dream of having. It’s bigger on the bottom and becomes smaller the further up the waist you go. But this shape could also indicate that there is some unwanted fat that is accumulating in the upper body.
On the positive side, though, people who have this shape tend to lose fat quicker than others. With age, the shape will change, and the fat will slowly move upwards to the middle of the buttock. It would be best to get rid of that unwanted fat as quickly as possible to avoid health-related issues later in life.
V-Shaped: This shape is more common with women who fall under the older generation category. With age, the fat from the buttocks gradually moves to other parts of the body because of the smaller concentrations of estrogen.
The best thing to do is not wait to start having a healthy diet and exercise. This way, you are protecting your heart from the fat that will eventually come from other parts of your body when you get older.
Exercises: Now that you’ve been able to identify the shape of your buttocks, it’s time to get down to exercise. These are the most efficient exercises that will help you shed that unwanted fat and give you buns of steel!
Single-Leg Glute Bridge: Lay on your back and have your knees bend with the soles of your feet flat on the floor. Begin to extend one leg. Once you’re exhaling, squeeze your glutes, and then push your hips up toward the ceiling as high as you can go. Pause, then lower until your buttocks are hovering over the floor.
Rainbows: Begin on all fours with your knees hips-width apart and your wrists vertically lined up with your shoulders. Then extend your right leg and reach your foot towards the ceiling. Slowly lower your leg and tap the floor. As you lift your leg back to the starting position, squeeze your glutes, then lower the leg and tap the floor to the left of your kneeling foot.
Heel-Lifted Sumo Squat: Place your feet slightly wider than your shoulders and have your toes pointed outward. Lift your heels and sit your hips back while you slowly lower your buttocks towards the floor. Make sure to keep your knees behind your toes and brace your core so you can balance. Pause the position there, then begin to press on your right heel to stand up.
Squat to Sumo: Place your feet slightly wider than your shoulders and have your toes pointed outward. Lift your heels and sit your hips back while you slowly lower your buttocks towards the floor. Begin to pulse up a few inches, turn your toes 45 degrees outward, and then sink your hips back into your lower squat.
Sumo Squat to Calf Raise: Place your feet slightly wider than your shoulders and have your toes pointed outward. Keeping your knees above your ankles and chest high, slowly bend your knees until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Then raise one heel as high as you can, then release it and raise the other heel.
Walking Lunge: This is the simplest but most efficient exercise. Stand straight up with both feet shoulder-width apart. Take a big step forward with your left foot and slowly bend your knee down. Then push up into a standing position with your right foot. Alternate both feet with each rep.
Clamshell: Lie on your side, bend your knees 90 degrees, and have your heels together in line with your buttocks. Open your knees as far as you can, and do not rotate your pelvis or your back.