Let's face it -- most women want to look nice in a lower-cut dress or top. Although exercises can't lift and tone breast tissue, they can lift and tighten the muscles underneath your breasts to enhance your chest area. Like any other area of your body, the appearance of your chest will benefit from doing muscle-toning exercises and so will your self-confidence when you step out in that outfit.
Chest presses help tone and define your pectoral muscles to naturally lift your breasts. You can use dumbbells, a barbell with weights or a chest press machine at the gym. If you're toning your pecs at home to improve the appearance of your breasts, lie on your back while holding a dumbbell in each hand just above your chest. Push the weights up until your arms are fully extended. Lower the weights with control to do one rep. Do eight to 16 chest presses three days per week.
Single-Arm Pectoral Lift
Single-arm pectoral lifts work the muscles of your chest and the area toward your underarm and shoulder to give you a firm, toned look when you wear that hot tube top or strapless dress. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart while holding a dumbbell or kettlebell in your right hand. Extend your hand at a diagonal toward the floor to get into the starting position. Lift the dumbbell beyond your shoulder while keeping your arm straight to feel the contraction in your pectoral muscle. Lower to the starting position to complete one rep. Perform eight to 16 reps on each side, three times a week. This chest-lifting exercise can also be done at a gym with a cable weight machine.
Stand with your feet hip-width apart, or lie on your back on a stability ball with your feet planted on the floor. Hold a dumbbell in each hand while extending your arms out to the sides; keep a soft bend in your elbows. Raise the dumbbells up until your hands meet above the center of your chest. Lower with control until your chest is open and your arms are fully extended again. Do eight to 16 butterflies, three times each week.
After you finish your chest-toning exercises, it's important to stretch the muscles you worked. Sit on the edge of a chair, and bring your arms behind you as you grasp the lower chair back. Lean forward to feel a stretch across the muscles above and beneath your breasts, underarms and arms. Hold the stretch for 20 counts.
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.