Many people are unhappy with the size of their butts. Specifically, they feel their butts are too big. The problem for many is that the butt is made of up three primary muscles and they fear an exercise routine will increase the size of these muscles and thus increase the size of their butts. These worries are not unfounded. While the workout you choose is important, the style and timing of your workout are critical to achieving the desired results.
The size of your butt is a combination of muscle mass and fat. Exercising will increase muscle tone and mass but will also burn fat. For this reason, a reasonable diet combined with a regular workout routine can significantly firm and reduce your butt. Walking, biking, hiking and swimming are all excellent exercises to use for toning the butt and thighs while at the same time burning fat. Once the excess fat is reduced, additional exercise can increase the muscle mass and the loss of inches from reduced fat content could be offset by the increase in muscle volume.
One of the best butt and thigh specific exercises is the lunge. These exercises work all the muscles in the butt, thighs, calves and hamstrings. To reduce the size of your butt and thighs, these exercises will need to be done at a higher intensity. Your workout will need to last between 35 to 45 minutes. Begin at a low intensity, build to a fast pace and then reduce back to low intensity. To see good results, you will need to workout three to four times per week.
As with any exercise routine, check with your doctor before beginning. Drink plenty of liquids (preferably water) to remain hydrated and to avoid cramps. Be certain to stretch and warm up prior to working out. By taking just a few minutes to warm up, you may save yourself from a painful injury. These injuries can also sideline you and delay results as you are forced to put off working out until your body can heal. Start slow, building gradually until you can complete the full 35 to 45 minutes recommended for best results.