Although a fat booty isn't desirable, a flat booty isn't very attractive either. A round, shapely butt makes for a sexy rear view, and it can boost your confidence as much as your booty. A combination of aerobic and strength-training exercises can help you lift and tone your backside for a rounder-looking butt.
Aerobics that Engage the Butt Muscles
Extra flab in the booty area can result in a droopy-looking rear view. Burn that fat while tightening your glutes with heart-pumping exercise that engages the muscles around your butt. Jogging, walking, bike riding or using the stair climber can help you drop unwanted weight around your booty and all over your body while toning the muscles for a rounder-looking butt. Add hills or inclines to your workout to really get the butt muscles involved.
Stability Ball Exercises
Lift your butt muscles for a rounder booty while also working your thighs with stability ball hamstring curls. Lie on your back, with your hands resting palms-down by your sides. Place your lower legs and ankles on top of a stability ball; lift and straighten your lower body until your legs are at an incline to the rest of your body, while your hips and booty remain on the floor. Draw your belly button in toward your back as you lift your hips and abdomen off the floor until they're aligned with your legs. Only your upper back, neck and head will be resting on the floor at this point. Use your leg and butt muscles to bring the stability ball closer to your body. Then, slowly push it back out until your legs are extended again. Lower your upper body to the floor to return to the starting position. Do eight to 12 stability ball hamstring curls, three times weekly.
Working the hamstring muscles on the back of your thighs while using the glutes will help you get a shapelier butt. The added weight of dumbbells or kettlebells makes your muscles work a little bit harder to get the toned tush you want. Stand with your feet hip-width apart and a dumbbell or kettlebell in each hand. Step forward about 3 feet with your right foot, and bend your knee until it's at a 45- to 90-degree angle. Hold the lunge for two counts, and then use your glutes to power you back to a standing position. Perform 12 to 24 lunges on each side, three times each week.
Squats for a Better Bottom
Boost a saggy butt and look hot in jeans or a dress by performing squats. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart while bending your arms so your hands are at chest level. Push your butt back toward an invisible chair as you bend your knees and squat, getting your thighs as close as possible to being parallel to the floor. Raise to standing with control to complete one rep. Do 12 to 24 reps to lift and tone your booty. If balance is an issue, hold onto the back of a chair while squatting. To challenge your glutes, get into a squatting position, and then lift one foot 3 to 4 inches off the ground and hold it for two counts. On the next squat, lift the other foot to engage the other side of your glutes.
Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.