A big butt may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about health. But recent research has shown that the although the size of your buttocks might not reveal too much information, its shape can tell you a lot about your health.
According to a recent survey, people with larger buttocks were shown to have a lower level of cholesterol and were deemed to be smarter than the average person. This may be because of the consumption of Omega-3 fats, which helps the development of the brain. Although people seem to forget this quite often, the brain has a smart way of storing these fats, often redirecting them to the buttocks to avoid clogging of the heart.
So while size does sometimes matter, it’s not as clear cut as that. Removing some of the fat can be healthy as well, so that there is a proper circulation of the nutrients that enter and exit your body. Here are a few things you can do to improve your health, based on the shape of your butt.
Circular shaped: If your butt is shaped close to that of a circle, that means that you are in good health.
The shape is formed due to the small amount of fat stored at the upper part of the butt, but it’s very easy to get rid of.
Square shaped: A lot of things can be inferred from the shape of these buttocks. It most likely belongs to someone who exercises, but not enough to tone down the fat around their butt. It’s also a good indication that they still have a few layers of fat on their stomach, as the top corners of the buttocks merge into these folds.
But once again, the extra fat is easy to remove. Just continue the exercise that you may have been doing up until now and increase the intensity and frequency.
V-shaped: The older a woman gets, the more prone she is to having this sort of butt-shape. It’s because the fats that once made the buttocks round have started moving elsewhere in the body and the lack of estrogen has caused the body to become more plain.
The key to maintaining a healthy body is to have proper diet and exercise. By doing so, you can keep your heart healthy and ready to face the fat stored in your buttocks that is eventually going to spread throughout your body.
Heart shaped: While most women dream of having their buttocks look like this, it may be a clear indication of unwanted fat accruing at upper portion of their body.
No worries though, the fat is easily removable by moderate exercise. It might be prudent to start getting rid of the excess fat while your buttocks are still heart-shaped though, as the fat may travel towards the heart the older you get and would most likely cause problems later on.
Exercises: With your butt-shape finally determined, it’s time to find the exercise that’s right just for you. Here are the most effective exercise routines that can benefit you the most!
Single-Leg Glute Bridge: Lie on your back and bend your knees with the soles of your feet placed firmly on the floor. Start to extend one leg. Squeeze your glute muscles as you exhale and lift your hips as high as you can. When you’ve reached the limit, slowly lower your buttocks just enough that it doesn’t touch the floor.
Rainbows: Start by going on all fours, keeping your knees a hip’s width apart and your arms level with your shoulders. Then lift your right leg as high up as you can. When you return to the original position, squeeze your glutes, and afterwards touch the floor left of your left leg with the previously extended right foot. Do the same for the other side but reverse the directions.
Heel-Lifted Sumo Squat: Firmly place your feet just a little over the line your shoulders make towards the floor. Keep your feet pointing outwards as well. Lower your buttocks to the floor but also lift your heels at the same time. Make sure to keep your knees at the same level as the initial position, as well as keeping them behind your toes to keep yourself balanced. Once your buttocks are at the same level as your knees, use your previously lifted heels to go back to the initial form, and repeat.
Squat to Sumo: Just like the Heel-Lifted Sumo Squat, start by having your feet placed further apart from your shoulders with your feet pointing outwards. Lift up your heels and lower your buttocks while keeping your hips back, as if you’re sitting on a chair. Then, begin to pulse up and down a few inches while turning your toes 45 degrees outward.
Sumo Squat to Calf Raise: Have your feet placed slightly wider than your shoulders with your toes pointing outwards. While maintaining your knees on a level above your ankles and chest high, start bending your knees until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Then raise one of your heels as high as you can then release. Do the same for the other heel.
Walking Lunge: Although this exercise might be the simplest out of all of these routines, it’s also the most efficient. Start at a standing posture, keeping your back straight, while also having both your feet a shoulder’s width apart. Take a huge step forward with your right foot and then bend your knee slowly. Then use your left foot to push you back up to the first standing position. Do the same for the right foot and repeat.
Clamshell: Lie on one of your sides and have your knees bend at 90 degrees. Make sure your heels are lined together with your buttocks. Slowly open the space between both of your knees as far as you can, making sure not to rotate your back or your pelvis. Doing so will affect your back muscles instead of your glutes, which is your target muscle.