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Can Workouts Increase Breast Size?

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A health and fitness journalist, Dylan de Castro began writing professionally in 2002. He is currently completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in communication science at the University of South Africa.
Can Workouts Increase Breast Size?
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Kenneth R. Hirsch

You needn't necessarily undergo surgery to enhance the appearance of your breasts. There are numerous exercises that you may employ to make them appear larger and firmer, all of which, according to “The Body Sculpting Bible For Women,” are relatively easy to perform. Done regularly and in conjunction with a balanced diet, they may not only only boost your bust, they may also improve your health and prevent disease such as breast cancer.

The Facts

Breasts do not contain any supportive muscle tissue themselves, says Shirley Archer in “Busting Out.” Rather, the musculature of the chest wall, as well as fibrous supportive tissue known as Cooper's ligaments, help support the weight of your breasts. Furthermore, your back and shoulder muscles play an important role in the spatial orientation of your bust. Therefore, by stretching and strengthening each of these features you may, says Archer, lift your bosoms and ultimately enhance their appearance, both in terms of size and firmness.

Palm Press

Sit in a relaxed position and clasp your hands together in front of your chest. Ensure that your elbows are bent at approximately 90 degrees and your arms are horizontal. Push your palms against each other for up to 10 seconds and then release. Repeat 15 times. This exercise strengthens the chest muscles, particularly the pectorals, and can be performed virtually anywhere you feel comfortable.

Dumbbell Lying Row

This workout strengthens your back and shoulders. Lie chest-down on an elevated bench. Clasp a 2 pound dumbbell in each hand at arm's length and row the dumbbells up toward the sides of your chest while flaring your elbows out. Pause, then lower your hands to the starting position. Perform two to three sets of up to 10 repetitions. You may perform this exercise without the assistance of a bench, in which case you would execute the same rowing motion while bending your knees and lowering your torso until it's almost parallel to the floor.

Wall Press

Stand about 2 feet from a wall and place your palms flat against it at chest height. Bend your arms at the elbows and lean forward slowly until your nose almost touches the wall. Then push your body backwards until you reach the starting position. Repeat 15 times. This routine exercises your chest and shoulder muscles and, like the palm press, may be performed almost anywhere.

Considerations

Because your breasts do not constitute any muscle, it's important to note that while exercise may make your breasts appear larger, your breasts will not increase in size. Moreover, in addition to exercise, it's crucial that you wear a bra that offers the appropriate amount of support for your breasts -- especially during workouts -- because constant bouncing, according to Archer, can weaken your Cooper's ligaments, which may result in sagging.

Warning

Workouts may be practiced unassisted in the comfort of your home. However, according to James Villepigue and Hugo Rivera, authors of “The Body Sculpting Bible for Women,” seek guidance from a qualified instructor initially, since incorrect form and technique may lead to pain and injury.

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