Published: 28 May 2023, 14:15 pm IST
Most women have a love-hate relationship with some part of the body or another. This is true especially when it comes to breasts. If the societal pressure and constant urge to look “perfect” is making you think a certain way, rethink! With so many things to worry about in life, saggy breasts shouldn’t be on your list. But if you still want to tone your chest and back muscles to make your breasts look firm, this article could help!
First things first, you should know that saggy breasts are normal and your body goes through a plethora of changes as you grow up. So, they tend to droop a little as you get older.
Causes of saggy breasts
Breasts can alter throughout time and come in a variety of sizes and forms. Also, changes to a person’s breasts are not usually harmful, and it is nothing you should worry about. While the cause of saggy breasts or breast ptosis is unknown, studies have found causes that might cause it. As per a study published in the Annals of Plastic Surgery, certain factors associated with breast ptosis include age, weight loss, higher Body Mass Index, wearing a larger BMI, pregnancies, and smoking. Breastfeeding, weight gain, and lack of upper body exercise can also lead to saggy breasts.
Speaking of exercise, celebrity fitness trainer Anshuka Parwani took to her Instagram recently to share some exercises that can help you improve your posture and may make your breasts look firm.
Yoga for saggy breasts
In the caption, Anshuka writes, “There are certain factors like bad posture, lack of movement, that can lead to saggy breasts from a younger age. Some movements will activate and tone your chest and back muscles, which will help to keep the breasts firm and help relieve stiff back muscles. A hunched or bent back can cause the breasts to hang by their own weight, aggravating the sagging process. But, when your posture is good, you are indirectly putting less strain on your back and breasts.”
Here are some exercises for saggy breasts recommended by the fitness expert that you can do daily if you want to see a difference:
1. Eagle Arms
For seated eagle arms or seated Garudasana, sit on a mat with your legs crossed over each other. Now, bring your hands together with your elbows close to each other. Wrap your left arm around your left arm so that your right palm touches your left arm. Both your hands should be entangled in each other like snakes. Make sure your spine is straight and your shoulders are relaxed. You should look straight when you do this. Anshuka recommends that beginners should do it for 30 seconds, and build up to 2 minutes on each side gradually.
2. Arm extension
Sit tall with a straight spine on a mat. Place your right elbow in place of your left as you extend both arms straight in front of you. Your arms should be at shoulder height as you swivel your left arm inwards towards you. When you begin to feel a stretch, slowly stretch your left arm while bending it across your right arm. Anshuka recommends doing at least 10 repetitions (reps) on each side.
3. Cactus arms
Begin by sitting on the mat. With your elbows bent at 90 degrees and your chin parallel to the floor, extend your arms out to the side. Feel the chest enlarge by tightening the shoulder blades. You should do this at least 10 times every day.
4. Ear-to-shoulder stretch
Sit on a seat comfortably and drop your shoulders down away from your ears. Tilt your left ear towards your left shoulder. As you do this, place your left hand on your head to support the stretch. Repeat on the other side. Do 10 reps on each side.
5. Cow face pose
Also known as Gomukasana, you begin this asana by placing your left leg under your right leg. Now, lift your right arm over your head and bend it from the elbow and place it on your back. Now, bring your left hand in a downward motion and try to hold your right hand with it. Bring your palms as close to each other as possible. Stay in the pose for as long as you can. Do 10 reps on each side.