No ifs, just butts: Benefits of having a well-shaped bum

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You may not know it, hell, you may not even believe it but having a well-shaped and toned tush may have a lot of perks besides bragging rights. Here’s a little look on the health benefits and physical bonuses that comes with having a good set off buttocks.

The buttocks, or the Gluteal Muscles is the largest muscle group in the body. It is primarily responsible for keeping the trunk of our body upright, and helps us with the most basic actions like rising from a sitting position, climbing the stairs, and anything else that involves the movement of the hips and thighs. In fact, it is the biggest muscle in the body.

But, as with any muscle, did you know that constant inactivity can lead the buttocks to atrophy?

According to U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), muscle atrophy that occurs from lack of physical activity is called disuse atrophy. Think of the humans from Wall-E, clutching remotes and forever glued to their chairs with wheels. People with seated jobs, sedentary lifestyle, and those with medical conditions that limit their movement, are the ones most susceptible muscle degeneration.

The physiological benefits of having a well-toned bum shouldn’t be underestimated. In an article in Women’s Health Magazine, Bret Contreras, C.S.C.S., co-author of Strong Curves: A Woman’s Guide to Building a Better Butt and Body, said, “the glutes pull your femur [thighbone] rearward during hip extension, which keeps the bone centered in the middle of the hip socket rather than sliding forward and causing hip pain.” In other words, if we don’t pay attention to our glutes, we would need hip surgery before we’re even 50!

In addition to providing bodily support and protection, a fine butt also adds to overall physical appeal. Not in the sense that it makes us more desirable sexually, but in the sense that it provides the body visual symmetry, which experts argue plays a big role in the game of attraction.

With the recent strains of songs like My Humps, A$$, Anaconda and Booty, alongside the rise and popularity of celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea and other shapely and voluptuous women, celebrated for their mega-bums and curves, it’s no wonder that a lot of exercises these days focus on achieving shapely buttocks.

So the next time you exercise, don’t forget to pay attention to your glutes! And remember, you don’t need to go big to slim down bigtime. Check out these videos and try them for yourselves.

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