Fitness Guide

  • How to Build a Better Butt
  • Fitness Dos and Don'ts
  • The No-Gym Workout
  • Muscle Strain

If you feel your "rear view" needs a makeover, the right fitness routine can help give you a lift. Can you achieve the "perfect" Brazilian beach butt seen on TV? That depends partly on your body type and genes. But most everyone can shape up to look better in jeans. These pictures show you the moves.The shape of the buttocks is defined by muscles known as the glutes. That's the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus, as well as the fat that lies over them. Walking, running, and climbing all work the glutes.

Pain means you should stop what you’re doing and see a doctor before you start up again. Sore muscles are a different story. It's normal to feel a bit tender, especially when you're new to working out. So start slowly, but don’t let it keep you down. Some discomfort means you’re pushing your body to bring on change.Walking and other cardio workouts like jogging, cycling, swimming, and tennis boost the power of your heart and lungs. Weight lifting builds muscle, keeps your bones strong, and helps with balance and coordination.

You don't need machines at the gym to get fit. Your own body weight and gravity can do the job, and you'll work them with these 15 moves. Not active now? Check in with your doctor first, and if something hurts, stop. You're on your way to getting into your best shape.Your whole upper body gets a muscle-ripping workout here, including the abs. Start with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent. Attach a band overhead and grab it over the shoulder, trunk angled toward the band. Pull down to the opposite hip, rotating slightly. Slowly return.

Muscle strain, muscle pull, or even a muscle tear refers to damage to a muscle or its attaching tendons. You can put undue pressure on muscles during the course of normal daily activities, with sudden heavy lifting, during sports, or while performing work tasks.Muscle damage can be in the form of tearing (part or all) of the muscle fibers and the tendons attached to the muscle. The tearing of the muscle can also damage small blood vessels, causing local bleeding, or bruising, and pain caused by irritation of the nerve endings in the area.