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Breast tissue is composed primarily of fat, which means that weight loss and gain are much more likely to affect your breast's size and firmness than exercise. However, the breasts sit atop the pectoral muscles, and toning these muscles can help your breasts look firmer. Pushups exercise your pecs, shoulders and back, offering an ideal strength-based workout.
Increased Breast Firmness
There is no muscle tissue in breasts, so it's important to note that you're not toning the breasts themselves; you're toning the muscles underneath them. Nevertheless, the pectoral muscles can give a slight lift to the breasts. Moreover, when these muscles are toned rather than flabby, it adds a firm layer of muscle underneath the breasts and reduces fat on your chest, which can help your breasts feel and look slightly firmer.
In addition to toning your pecs, pushups also tone your shoulders and back. Particularly if you have large breasts, this can minimize some of the strain they cause to your upper body. Strengthening the shoulders and back can also improve your posture. Sitting up straight reduces upper-body strain and can help your breasts look firmer; hunching over can cause your breasts to look saggy.
The most basic pushup requires lying face down and pushing up using your arms while balancing on your toes. You can vary this exercise quite a bit. Try doing pushups with an exercise ball between your legs to increase difficulty, strengthen your back and improve balance. One-handed pushups are extremely challenging, but if you're a physical fitness buff they can be an excellent next step after you've mastered the basic pushup. A stability ball pushup positions your upper body on a stability ball, from which you push up.
Pushups aren't the only exercises that help to tone your pecs. A study funded by the American Council on Exercise found that dumbbell bench presses are the single most effective pec exercise. If you're not interested in using weightlifting equipment or going to the gym, try lying on a stability ball and, while holding a hand weight in each hand, pushing your arms up.