Butt-Booster Action Plan

As we age, a slew of factors – including the growth of fat cells, loss of muscle mass, weight gain and loose skin – contribute to dreaded derriere droop. But there’s plenty you can do to restore a youthful appearance to your backside.

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Droop Danger: Muscle Loss

The buttocks get their lift and shape from the gluteus maximus muscle. After 40, fat cells begin to proliferate and grow larger. Simultaneously, another consequence of the aging process is the loss of muscle mass. This combo causes the butt to droop and soften.

Butt Booster: Plie Squat

Squats are the ultimate butt-building exercise – and you don’t have to go to the gym to do them. You can easily work squats into your daily routine; do them while watching TV, folding the laundry, or blow-drying your hair. For the plie squat, think of a ballerina. You’ll want to stand with your feet wider than your shoulders. Extend your arms, contract the butt muscles and lower into a squat, then rise to stand. Repeat. To see Dr. Oz demonstrate this exercise, click here. To make this exercise more effective, add protein to your diet. Click here for another butt-boosting workout, and click here to see which popular butt-toning products work and which don't.

Droop Danger: Weight Gain

Women in their 40s tend to gain weight around their hips and thighs. This extra weight makes the butt look wider.

Butt Booster: Fanny Panties

Try specially designed undergarments to get an extra lift and boost. Look for lycra panels that will suck in what you want to hide and lift what you want to accentuate. You can also turn to panties with foam or silicone inserts; these inserts will add volume to your backside. Click here to learn how to ward off over-40 weight gain.