As you get older, you've probably noticed that your breasts hang a little lower. You could blame it on age and cover the problem with strategic clothing, but you don't have to live with it. You're supposed to exercise for your health, so why not add moves that help tone and lift your chest area. You can't make your breasts more perky, but you can give the illusion of it by keeping your pectoral muscles in shape. A set of dumbbells is an easy and inexpensive way to tone those muscles.
Sets and Repetitions
You don't have to spend hours in the gym lifting dumbbells to lift sagging breasts. You might even be surprised how little time you need to see results. In general, MayoClinic.com calls one set of 12 repetitions of each chest exercise, two or three times per week, enough to start seeing progress in just a few weeks. As you get stronger, add sets to keep your results on track and keep your bust from giving away your true age. Allow a day of rest between workouts to give your chest muscles a chance to repair and recover, which is when gains in mass happen.
How They Work
When you do chest exercises, you activate the muscles underneath your breasts. Doing chest exercises repeatedly and on a consistent schedule builds strength, endurance and definition in your pectoral region. When you hold dumbbells, you increase the resistance to your chest muscles, which makes them work harder. Toning this area helps lift your entire bust line and keeps it looking perky and young. If you're also attempting to lose weight, you might notice your breasts getting smaller. Combined with a regular strength-training routine, this can also help lift your breasts.
Most chest exercises with dumbbells are done lying down. You'll be able to feel the muscles working as you move the weights in different ways. For the most benefit, include a variety of chest exercises to challenge the entire area. Bench presses, chest presses and dumbbell flyes are the most ideal choices for women because they don't require much room and can be done at home or at the gym. Each involves moving the dumbbells up, down and to the sides, making each of your chest muscles work to lift your breasts.
Choosing a Dumbbell
Using the wrong dumbbell isn't going to offer as much benefit to your bust line as choosing the right size will. You should be able to finish 12 repetitions with good form, but the final two or three sets should be difficult. If this is too easy, you likely need a heavier weight. If you can't get 12 repetitions out, choose a set of dumbbells with a lower pound load. The right weights should give you a silhouette you'll be proud to show off.
Eliza Martinez has written for print and online publications. She covers a variety of topics, including parenting, nutrition, mental health, gardening, food and crafts. Martinez holds a master's degree in psychology.