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Because many people exercise to improve the way their bodies look, it's natural to wonder how different exercises affect you aesthetically. If your goal is to have lean, small arms, you probably won't do a lot of heavy biceps curls. It's relatively easy to know what types of exercises to stick with in the weight room, but things get a little cloudy when it comes to cardio. Since most types of cardio exercise are lower-body intensive, exercises like running can build the lower-body muscles. If you're a runner and the size of your posterior is of concern, you probably want to know how running could affect it.
Aerobic activity is a great way to burn fat, and running is one of the most efficient calorie-burning exercises you can perform. While the amount of fat you burn while exercising depends on a number of factors including the intensity at which you exercise and the duration of the exercise, the bottom line for fat and weight loss is the number of calories you burn versus the number you consume. Many people, especially women, tend to carry excess body fat in their buttocks. So, if you have fat reserves in your derriere that you burn off during steady-state runs, it's possible that running will reduce the size of your booty.
It's also possible that running can increase the size of your butt. If you're already relatively lean with minimal fat around your buttocks, running could increase the strength and size of your glutes. The glutes have an important job to do when you run -- they hold your pelvis steady, extend your hips, propel you forward and keep your body aligned. If you're a consistent runner, you'll want to have strong glutes, as deficiencies can lead to injury. If you're lean and running increases the size of your butt, you might not think a round, firm backside is such a bad thing.
Outside of your control when it comes to booty size are your genetics. Depending on the size of your frame and where your body tends to store fat, running will affect you in different ways. If you're a woman with a pear shape, it will probably help you burn excess fat around your bottom. If you're a tall, lean ectomorph, your butt may get a boost in size from running. In the end, running will make you healthier, stronger and fitter. Fretting over how it will affect your butt is probably secondary to the amazing health benefits of running.
Precautions and Tips
Consult with your physician before beginning an exercise program. If your aim is to reduce your butt size by burning fat, remember that diet plays a crucial role. You can run all day long, but if your diet is full of junk, the fat isn't going to budge. When you run on an incline, your glutes will be more engaged than when you run on a flat surface. It's possible that regular training on inclines could lead to more posterior muscle gains.
- Running; Clive Gifford