By: Krystle Crossman
As we get older our body ages. Things are not as perky as they used to be and your skin tends to sag. When you approach middle age you cannot expect your [email protected] to be as firm and perky as they were when you were in your 20s but there are things that you can do to help minimize the amount of sagging that happens.
1. Make sure that you are wearing a bra that supports you fully while you are doing a cardio workout. The constant bouncing and tension can pull at the skin which can cause sagging very early on. It can also damage the tissues if you are not careful. Make sure that you are wearing a sport bra so that you have all the support that you need and are still comfortable while you are working out.
2. Be careful about losing weight, gaining it, and then losing it again. This can put a lot of stress on the skin on your chest since it is so thin. Your [email protected] are mostly made up of fatty tissue so when you gain weight you stretch the skin out and then when you lose it the skin doesn’t always firm back up. This is especially true if your weight yo-yos significantly.
3. Stop smoking. The chemicals in the cigarettes break down collagen and ligaments which leads to sagging. This is one of the reasons that so many people get wrinkles much earlier than they would if they didn’t smoke. The same thing happens to the skin on your chest and you end up sagging far earlier than you normally would.
4. Set your chest free every now and then. Wearing a bra to bed and wearing it all day long can actually be harmful. The support that you are getting all day and night will not help because your pectoral muscles need time to work and they aren’t doing that if you have something holding your chest up all day.
5. When you work out make sure that you are focusing some of your strength training on the pectoral muscles. There are machines that can help you to work on them or you can use regular dumbbells and do exercises that focus on working and toning the muscles in your chest.