Toning your tush

By Britney Glaser - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - If buns of steel are a distant dream when you look in the mirror each day, we've got the tips on turning the flab into a fabulous back side.

With these cooler winter temperatures, your derriere is probably being concealed by layers of warm clothing. But underneath, you still know what's there...and for many women, the flabby fanny is an unwanted stressor.  "That is what we all obsess over," says 38-year-old Kim Palermo, "the problem area is the rear end and the back side."

Palermo is a mom of three who works hard at the gym to pause the hands of time!  This is something that Dynamic Dimensions exercise specialist Tressie Bares sees each day for women battling the bulge.  "Unfortunately, females carry most of their weight in their legs and their buttocks," says Bares, "men generally carry more in their abdominal area."

On average, women have 6 to 11 percent more body fat than men and the accumulation in the midsection and back side is likely happening to prime their bodies for childbearing. It's not a lost cause, though, says Bares.  "We recommend doing lunges, squats, leg press - anything that's going to target those big muscles," she says.

Starting with squats, Bares says follow these steps: take your feet and go to a little under your hips or a little bit further than shoulder. Squat and back up.  Three sets of ten and it's time to move to lunges.  "Your feet are going to go right underneath your hips," says Bares, "toes are straight on and you move one leg straight back. You're gonna come down and stand up."

Three more sets of ten, every other day and like Kim, you'll be on the right track to a toned tush and a healthy body.  "I have three kids," she says, "and I want to do the best I can for myself, so that I can be as healthy as I can for them."

If those moves feel easy, add in some weights.  You can even use a can of soup in each hand for a little more resistance. Remember, though, to lose a pound of fat, you need to create a deficit of 3,500 calories by eating less and exercising more.

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