Your breasts are not like your arms. They cannot be toned, lifted or easily made bigger or smaller. Basically, when it comes to breast size and shape, you’re stuck with what you have. Breasts aren’t made of muscles—they consist of milk-producing glands, fat and connective tissues that are at the mercy of gravity. You’ve probably experienced sagging, drooping breasts after pregnancy, if you have large breasts or if your breasts are prone to excessive movement. You can’t change your breasts, but you can keep them in shape and give your bust a better appearance by exercising and tightening the surrounding chest muscles. Exercising your pectorals and doing yoga will help keep you in shape, but it won’t give make your breasts look like you’ve just had plastic surgery.
Wear the correct size bra. Don’t just guess which size you wear—get regular bra fittings to find the exact size for you. A supportive, correctly sized bra protects your breasts from excessive movement and helps you maintain proper posture.
Stand up straight. Maintaining correct posture enhances your appearance and helps support breasts. Forward bends, poor posture and contracted poses only help gravity do a number on your breasts.
Do yoga. There are many poses—such as Shirasana (headstand) and Vipani Karami (inverted leg stretch)—that focus on working against gravity. Snake pose, camel pose and double angle pose all work to strengthen chest muscles.
Do strength-training exercises to build and tone your breasts’ supportive musculature. Grab a pair of weights and do a couple sets of dumbbell raises, dumbbell chest presses and dumbbell side lateral raises. Also do isometric contractions and stair push-ups, both of which you don’t need weights for.
- Always consult with a health care provider before starting an exercise regimen.