If you are trying to get an hourglass body figure, then this is the right place to be at. But, what exactly is the hourglass body shape?
Hourglass body shape measurements:
Having an “hourglass” figure means that your waist is much narrower than your hips and bust. More specifically, to be a true hourglass body shape your waist measurement must be at least 9 inches lower than the measurements of your hips and bust and your hips and bust must be of about equal size. This means that a woman can have an hourglass body figure at any size. She could weigh 100 pounds or 200 pounds and still have an hourglass shape.
To find out if you have an hourglass figure, measure your waist at its narrowest point, take your hip measurements at their fullest point and measure your bust either braless or in an unpadded bra. If your bust and hips have about the same circumference or the difference between them is less than 1 inch and your waist is more than 9 inches smaller than your hips and bust, then congratulations you are an hourglass!
What happens if I’m flat-chested?
Well, obviously apart from plastic surgery there is nothing you can do about this. Even though you can change the size of your waist and hips through diet and exercise, you can’t actually increase the size of your breasts. The good news is that you can still get close to having an hourglass figure. According to John Barban the creator of The Venus Index, there are three “Inflection” points that make up the classic hourglass body figure: the waist, the hips and the shoulders. These points are called the Venus Index Ratio. So, by changing the size and shape of your shoulders you can get the hourglass look even if your breasts are small, by following this workout program.
Why is the hourglass the ideal body shape?
The hourglass body shape has been a standard of beauty since the ancient times and this is not likely to change any time soon. Even though fashion trends come and go, the hourglass figure is here to stay. Women like Sophia Loren, Raquel Welch, Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth are still admired today for their ultra-feminine, voluptuous bodies.
According to many evolutionary psychologists, the hourglass body figure is considered attractive because it signals health, youth and fertility. A woman is more likely to have a low waist-to-hip ratio in her teens and early twenties, which is also her most fertile period. The fact that the hourglass figure is linked with age and fertility makes it the most sought after body shape for women, not only to increase their attractiveness in the eyes of men, but also to improve their health.
Tips on how to get an hourglass figure:
Lose body fat, if you need to
If you are currently overweight and your body shape is an apple, it won’t necessarily stay the same once you lose weight. You are not doomed to stay an apple all your life. The shape of your body depends on the pattern of fat accumulation. So, when you lose all your excess body fat, you may experience a huge reduction in your waist circumference that will completely transform your body shape.
Perform hourglass shape exercises
You may be surprised to know that there are a few exercises that should be avoided at all costs, if you want an hourglass figure, because they can actually thicken the waist instead of shrinking it. For example, one of the worst exercises for hourglass figures is the weighted side bend. Other exercises that should be avoided are the back squats and the power clean workout. So, which is the best exercise for an hourglass figure? There is one classic isometric exercise called the vacuum pose that can help you get an hourglass figure fast. This workout can tone the transverse abdominis muscle and help you improve your posture and reduce your waist size by a couple of inches. To perform the vacuum pose, first exhale and then inhale deeply by sucking in your stomach and expanding your chest. Try to stay like this for about 10 seconds and then repeat the exercise for a few minutes. The good thing about the vacuum pose is that it can be performed everywhere, even at the office.