Kick Butt Your Way to Summer

With summer just round the corner, it’s hardly possible to flip a magazine or turn on the tv without being bombarded by images and write-ups about the booty. In our ever increasing body conscious society, the booty has been trust into the limelight for the longest time.

As far as I can remember, ever since JLo squeezed her famous asset in that green Versace gown way back when her career was— let’s just say, ‘a little behind’. Then along came Beyonce shaking her “Bootylicious” derriere which elevated her from part of a trio in Destiny Child to one of the hottest diva acts in town today. In fact, much credit has to be given to her for the inauguration of the term ‘bootylicious’ into the Oxford dictionary in 2004. Love it or hate it, the number of paparazzi shots Kim Kardashian gets— or why don’t we just say her career as a whole, appears to evolve around her well-endowed bottom in one way or another. As much as I pray and hope, this obsession seems only to be growing instead of slipping quietly away like any other fashion fad.

So heeding the advice of the age old adage that proclaims, “If you can’t beat them, join them”, engage in RSB top 5 tips to transform your behind from ‘Flab’ to ‘Fab’.

Eat Right

I know this sounds super boring but your diet remain an important factor to a firm behind. If you begin any routine by cleaning up your diet, firming your booty will be a lot easier,not to mention faster.  Kick out processed items and food that’s high in fats and refined sugar. Opt for a balanced diet of complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, protein from lean meat, tofu and legumes with generous servings of fruits, vegetables and fiber. It is important to drink lots of water to help flush out toxins and trapped fat from your body.  If you can’t lay off snacks, a handful of plain roasted almond or walnut is way better than half a glazed donut.  You don’t have to give up on everything. The trick is always to eat in moderation and don’t starve or binge eat.

Shape Up

Apart from genetics, hard work plays an important role in the shaping of an eye popping behind and can be generally divided into cardiovascular and muscle building exercises. Cardiovascular exercises that are exceptionally helpful include biking and rope skipping. If you prefer to be holed up in a gym, alternate between the stepper, stationery bike and the elliptical machine. By playing around with your routine, it will keep you from becoming bored and from hitting a plateau too soon.

When it comes to butt building exercises, nothing does it better then lunges. Walking Lunges, Side Lunges, Front Lunges, Diagonal Lunges, Back Lunges.   You have to move in different directions to build your butt from every angle. Lunges are best performed with dumbbells in your hands by the side of your body. Make a big step (approximately that of your shoulder width) forward and sink low while keeping your upper body erect. Ensure that you are not putting all the weight on your toes, keeping that weight evenly distributed on the whole front foot. Check that your knee is not pushing beyond the foot with each move. Next push yourself back to standing position while keeping your core muscles contracted. Repeat 12 to 15 times and switch sides. Aim to complete 3 sets for each side.  Once you perfect your lunges, move on to squats. I’m not going lie, squats are probably the hardest exercise to get right.  The payoff is that squats make your butt really round. To begin, stand straight with your feet placed as far apart as your hips. Imagine there is a chair behind you and you want to sit on it while sinking low. Keep your chest and chin up and make sure both knee caps are pointing forward and not rotating outwards. For beginners, you might want to get your position right by doing the exercise with a wall against your back. When your knees are at 90 degrees, squeeze your butt cheeks together and start pushing yourself up. Perform 3 sets of 12 to 15 repetitions. To take this to the next level, try one leg squats which will target the core muscles to give you a nice, flat belly at the same time!

‘Buttocks Lift’

As fine lines and wrinkles start creeping nonchalantly onto our faces, changes start appearing behind us that make us shun bathing suits like a plague. Most women wouldn’t mind exposing her arms or flaunt a tease of cleavage in a bikini top but often you will find a scarf or sarong wrapped round her waist. Masking as a fashion statement or the call for modesty is the very fact that most of us have more to hide than show, always worrying if anyone is scrutinizing us from behind. With age, weight change and a history of pregnancy, it is not uncommon for a previously perky booty to sag and develop cellulite.  Touted as a non-surgical form of ‘buttocks lift’ that’s FDA approved, Body Shape by Thermage employs the use of a unique radiofrequency technology to cause deep volumetric heating of the dermis and subcutaneous tissue, while the surface skin is simultaneously cooled for protection and comfort. Deep tissue heating tightens existing collagen and stimulates skin’s natural renewal of new collagen resulting in a lifted but not flattened derriere as mistakenly perceived by many regarding this procedure. To target unsightly cellulite, Cellulite by Thermage uses radiofrequency waves to restore the elasticity of the fibrous septae and thus strengthens the overlying skin to improve the “orange-peel” appearance associated with cellulite. It also increases perfusion rate thus improving health and metabolism of the treated tissues and promoting its repair.

“You may notice some immediate firming but significant improvements in your skin will take place progressively over the next 6 months as your body is stimulated to produce new collagen,” explains medical consultant, Dr. Kee Yong Seng from The Sloane Clinic “The results of Thermage are accumulative so in more severe cases, these individuals will benefit from two or more sessions although the majority will be happy after a single therapy.”

Erase the Marks

Apart from cellulite, stretch marks rank way up as one of the aesthetics woes that affect up to 70% of women. Although it’s more likely to be found in curvy girls, growth spurts and sudden or excessive weight gain cause stretch marks in slimmer individuals as well. Let’s not forget pregnancy as well, whereby about 90% will develop stretch marks, especially in late trimester. There are plenty of over-the-counter creams but unfortunately, no topical remedies have been medically proven to improve the appearance of stretch marks remarkably. Retin-A, glycolic acid, alpha-hydroxy acids all have been prescribed with varying and little success. Thankfully, in comes laser therapy which has been proven to be by far the most promising form of treatment for these unsightly squiggles. Amongst the many in the current market, the Fraxel Restore laser stands out as one of the safest and most effective treatments for stretch marks available today. Using Fraxel, we are able to stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis while resurfacing almost 20% of the skin surface. This will help to remove damaged tissue and the effect is accumulative with each treatment. After a series of 4 to 6 treatments, the texture, diameter and depth of the stretch marks can be visibly improved. If the stretch marks are red, treatment can be combined with a pulsed dye V-Beam laser for better results.

Banish the Blemishes

Wherever they appear, spots are annoying – but when they’re on your derrière they are, quite literally, a pain in the a*s.  Tight underwear especially sexy, lacey ones make of synthetic material can cause friction and trap sweat against the skin leading to formation of body acne. Body acne tends to leave marks, otherwise known as post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Bleaching creams do help to a certain extent but only if they are applied continuously over a long period of time. A faster and more effective way to get rid of these spots is with Pigment Laser Therapy. Depending on the severity of your spots, you might need to undergo anywhere between 2 to 6 sessions to restore your booty back to baby’s bum smoothness.

 

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