If the thought of doing another series of squats are enough to bring tears to your eyes, maybe it’s time to try something else to improve the shape and size of your derriere.
Lucky for you, there are quite a few that doesn’t involve cramped gyms and sweaty exercise machines. When we think of dancing, it’s rarely considered a real workout because, well it’s fun. It’s easy to lose yourself to the music and move your body with wild abandon, and it seems like such a bonus that it can torch a whopping 460 calories an hour.
Because of this, dancing is fast becoming the failsafe strategy of women who are looking to get their derrieres in shape, the fun way. Below we list down three of the best moves to shake your way into your best shape.
Belly Dance Your Way to Shapelier Hips
Just one look at Indian women draped in colorful saris accentuating their hourglass shape should be enough to convince you that belly dancing is a great form of exercise to enhance your curves.
The dance itself is a series of shimmies, hip rolls and figure 8 motions that count as a low impact cardio exercise that can burn as much as 300 calories per hour. Since the dance usually involves isolating movement to a specific part of your body, you have more control on how you want to shape specific areas of your body.
With the consistent hip movements, and the requirement for the butt to shake rapidly in different directions, this workout can do wonders in toning a less than perky butt and enhancing shapely hips. Couple the dance movements with the prerequisite hip isolations and glute squeezes, and it can easily rival a killer workout session at the gym.
Continuous belly dancing strengthens hip, quadriceps, glutes, and back muscles the most. It does wonders in improving your posture which can make your butt stick out more. It also works to shrink the waistline, which would make your but and hips appear a lot more defined.
The best part about belly dancing is that it’s safe for everyone, young and old alike, the movements don’t put too much strain on specific body parts, and the low impact movement makes it a relaxing exercise even for those who are already suffering joint pain.
Want to try it out? Here’s a beginner’s video…
Twerk Your Way to Stronger Glutes
A modern version of Africa’s Mapouka dance, this is literally known as the “dance of the behind”. While the violent gyrations and shaking of the derriere conjures images of Miley Cyrus, there is no doubt among party workout enthusiasts, that twerking is a great way to improve your booty’s shape.
When it comes down to it, the wide stance and pulsing motions of twerking is basically a set of deep squats and pelvic tilts.
When you factor in the popping and bouncing motions that this dance requires, twerking does quite a number on the deep muscles of the hips, legs, lower back, and of course the glutes.
To maximize the workout be sure that you always twerk from a squatting position so that the part of your body with the most movement is the hip area. For an added challenge, try twerking with your hands on your knees and your wrists facing out to make your twerk more pronounced and get your gluteal muscles to exert a bit more effort.
Based on estimates of exercise scientists, a dancer who “twerks out” burns as much calories as an hour of moderate jogging. Dancing also has the added benefit of focusing on particular areas in this case the hips and the butt. As an additional benefit of twerking, the fast movements also cause your heart to race, which improves your metabolism to torch even more calories.
Continuous twerking workouts will firm up the muscles and give you tone and definition so your backside won’t jiggle as much. With this added lift, it achieves the effect of making your butt look much more plump and rounded.
Want to give it a try? Here’s a quick twerking tutorial to get your started…
Bollywood Booty Dance Your Way to a Big Butt
With the resurgence of Bollywood in pop culture, it’s no wonder that more and more people are interested in all the trappings that Indian culture has to offer. If you’re a big fan of Bollywood or even just on the lookout for your next booty shaking workout, you should consider looking into Bollywood Booty.
Designed by India’s fitness superstar, Hemalayaa Behl, Bollywood Booty is a fun alternative to shape your derriere minus the pressure of having a trainer there to watch your every move.
The 45 minute program is broken down into 4 chunks of 6 to 12 minutes each, so you can customize your workout based on the time you can spare. Each of these workouts are sandwiched between a warm up and a cool down routine, so you’re body has time to adjust to the rigorous movements.
Since the actual workout is focused on improving the shape of your booty, you will be doing a lot of movements similar to back-kicks, lunges and squats.
However it is also paired with flourishing hand movements that keep the workout from resembling a gym session. While the workout makes you work a sweat, it’s suitable for all fitness levels, with Hemalayaa demonstrating ways to adjust the moves to fit your capabilities.
It almost feels like a mash up of Indian hand movements plus aerobics, yet it is low impact enough that you don’t have to worry about muscle strains the next day. Oh, and did we mention it’s super fun?