Your largest muscles and potentially the best developed ones are likely to be in your lower body. The reason is simple. Your legs and hips have to support and move the rest of your body. For most adults, that means carrying more than 100 pounds. Powerful musculature does not guarantee however that the lower body can be shaped or toned more readily than other parts of the body. In fact, your lower body can be slower to show the effects of exercise. Precisely because of their power, the bodys large, high use muscles may barely be stressed during an exercise that would easily overload smaller, less active muscles. If, on the other hand, lower body muscles have become slack from underuse, their size makes the resulting sag more noticeable. Your hips and thighs: Thighs and hips tend to be sites not only for oversized muscles, but also for accumulated fat. This is often a concern for women, whose hormones cause fat to collect in these areas. You should take note here that male hormones predispose men to store fat around the waist. Many women feel especially self-conscious about the condition called cellulite, the dimply ripples that appear on thighs and buttocks. Some women are convinced that removing it calls for special lotions and creams. Lotions do not affect cellulite, however, no does any other treatment, because cellulite is nothing but ordinary fat. This fat may seem to be more stubborn than fat in the upper body, but that is only because there is more of it. The upper body usually has a thinner fat layer between muscle and skin. Muscle toning exercises alone will not slim your thighs but such exercises can improve your appearance by firming and shaping underlying muscle tissue as you shed weight. The only way to lose fat and get rid of unsightly bulges is to decrease your caloric intake through dieting and increase your caloric or energy output through such aerobic exercises as brisk walking, running, swimming or cycling. However, while aerobic exercise tones some muscles in your lower body, it may leave other major lower body muscles virtually unused. One should know that the gluteus maximus which is the muscle that underlies and shapes the buttocks, works very little during walking and even brisk aerobic walking. Unfortunately, they do not significantly activate this muscle. One has to perform hamstring and gluteal lifts as they particularly work in these areas.
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