How to Fatten the Hips, Thighs & Butt

Getting rid of unwanted weight in the lower body is a challenging task for pear-shaped women. However, there are benefits to being pear-shaped. According to the International Journal of Obesity, people with added weight in the hips, thighs and butt actually have an extra line of defense against diabetes, heart disease and other obesity-related conditions. Now that you know the benefits of being bottom heavy, learn how to develop lower body muscles to have a more voluptuous bottom half.

Ride a Bike

  1. Ride a regular bike or an exercise bike at a speed of 15 miles per hour. Keep your legs moving continuously, so that you constantly engage the muscles in the legs. Do this for 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Adjust the resistance on the regular bike or exercise bike so that it challenges the muscles in the lower body. If your regular bike does not have resistance levels, find a bike route or bike trail that has a variety of inclines and steep hills.
  3. Create an even more challenging workout by adding lightweight ankle weights towards the last 5 minutes of the workout. This will provide added resistance and further develop the lower body muscles.
  4. Cool down for 5 minutes after you complete this workout by riding the bike at a slow pace of 5 miles per hour. Thoroughly stretch your legs, buttocks and hamstrings for another 5 minutes after the workout. Complete this entire exercise routine three to four times a week.

Lower Body Sculpting

  1. Stand with your legs hip-width apart. Hold a 5-pound dumbbell on your right outer thigh.
  2. Stand straight and maintain your balance. With weight concentrated on the left side of the body, and the right leg slightly bent, move the right outer thigh outward, to the side of the body, about 12 to 15 inches. Once the leg reaches this position, hold for one second and take it back to starting position slowly, being careful to maintain your balance.
  3. Lift the right leg again and return to starting position. Complete 12 to 15 repetitions. Repeat this exercise on your left leg, completing 12 to 15 repetitions. Perform two sets of this exercise on each leg, for four complete sets. Do this exercise three to four times a week. If you have trouble maintaining your balance, grab a chair and place the opposing arm on the top of the chair for balance. Always keep your back straight and abdominal muscles pulled in tight.

Stair Climber

  1. Set the resistance level on the stair climber so that it provides your lower body with a challenging workout. The object of the stair climber is to sculpt your hips, thighs and butt by using a high resistance level. By continuously engaging these muscles, you will help to build these muscles so they become firmer and more developed.
  2. Work out on the stair climber for 20 minutes at a pace of one full step within three seconds. The slower movement provides added resistance and makes the muscles in the hip, thigh and butt area work harder.
  3. Stretch the muscles in the legs, thighs and butt for five minutes after your 20-minute step workout. This helps to prevent soreness the next day. Perform this exercise routine five days a week.

5 Must-Have Cold Weather Tights

When temps dip, covering up doesn’t mean sacrificing style for warmth. Tights keep the cold out, but they can also extend the life of your spring and fall ensembles when you layer them under your favorite skirt or dress and pair them with boots or other closed-toe shoes. The plethora of styles, colors and weights also give you options whether your winters are harsh or mild. From practical to sexy, a pair of tights exists for every occasion, climate and mood.

Sweater Tights: Cozy and Versatile

If winter means braving icy cold and biting wind, these are a must, said Lindsay Viker, fashion blogger for Couture in the Suburbs in Phoenix. Opt for neutral colors to keep your legs looking long and lean, or pick up a pair with a sewn-in pattern for a little fun. Consider pairing them with your favorite boots, pencil skirt and oversized sweater. “Think of a sweater wrapped around your legs, without the added volume.

Opaque: A Reliable Classic

The go-to winter hosiery in every gal’s closet, this classic staple comes in a variety of colors, goes with just about any ensemble and is great for less-intense climates. For cold regions, Viker suggested wearing two pairs — one to hold in your body heat and one to combat the chilly air outside. In milder regions, wear one pair with a dress, layer with a blazer and finish with a scarf. “Now, your favorite dress doesn’t have to hang in the closet all winter.

Colorful: Fun, Bold and Bright

If you are in search of a pair that can transition your spring ensembles into the fall and winter seasons, try a bold hue like burnt orange, oxblood or deep purple. Eye-catching tones also offer a little pick-me-up on a gloomy day. “Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and try unexpected pairings this winter.

Patterns: Warm and Trendy

Perfect for anyone who lives in a city where the winters are relatively mild, these tights will let you layer for cooler weather without making you uncomfortably warm, Viker said. Knee-high socks are a great way to try out the trend without making a full commitment to an all-over pattern. “Stay within one color family to prevent your look from being too busy.”

Metallic: Add a Little Sparkle

Have a dressy pair on hand for those formal dinner parties, cocktail fetes, night at the opera or any occasion when you’re going to need more coverage than what your little black dress can offer. “If you’re going to be outside at night, choose a thicker tight with larger sparkles so they still make an impact.