Recently, there has been a lot of speculation about whether yoga can help with breast reduction in men with gynecomastia. There are some on either side of the argument with valid points.
Let’s take a look at gynecomastia more closely and see if we can get to the bottom of this issue.
It’s important to understand that there are a couple of different kinds of gynecomastia, and the causes of each type are different.
Gynecomastia can be caused by overweight conditions that allow excess fat to be stored in the breast tissue. This type of gynecomastia responds positively to diet and physical exercise.
Then there is the type of gynecomastia that is hormone related- a condition caused by an imbalance between the estrogen and testosterone in the body. This type of gynecomastia does not respond to diet or physical exercise and must be resolved with surgery.
If you are overweight or obese, the conditions are perfect for you to be able to work with your body and solve the problem you are facing.
Believe it or not, you’re in the right boat. If your gynecomastia were due to hormonal imbalance, your choices would be restricted to surgery or a lifetime of wearing compression clothing. We’ll discuss this type of gynecomastia in a few moments.
Working out to get your body into good physical condition, and using free-weights for exercising the chest, will bring results in as little as 2 months.
Losing weight will reduce the amount of fat in your breasts, and working out will firm up the entire chest area. Some excellent exercises for the chest include push-ups, chest presses, and chest flies.
Most people know how to perform a traditional push-up. These are great to flatten the chest. Push-ups should be performed 3- 5 times per week. You should try to work up to being able to do 10 push-ups, several times at one session, with a brief rest in between each set.
To perform the chest press, a weight bench works well, or lying flat on the floor work just as well, with knees bent, feet flat. Work with 5 pound free-weights.
You want to firm, but you do not want to bulk up in the chest area. Begin with the weights hovering over the chest, elbows bent.
Now, press the weights upward, straight out in front of you until the arms are straight. Hold for a moment, and then slowly lower the weights back down to their original position.
Work your way up to 10 of these bench presses. Do three sets, 3-5 times per week.
The chest fly is very similar to the chest press, however they work different muscles than the press. Begin in the same starting position on your back, but hold the weights out to your side, arms straight.
Bring the weights out and upward toward the ceiling until the arms are straight out in front of you. Touch them together, and slowly lower back to the original position. Work your way up to doing 10 of these flies. Do three sets, 3-5 times per week.
Yoga is a great form of exercise to battle gynecomastia, as it is an all-over body workout and holistic in nature, encompassing the health of the whole body. The problem with yoga is that it does not usually target areas such as the chest.
Yoga exercises are designed for the health and benefit of the body as a whole. It is not a health system or program that usually works on one particular part of the body, while ignoring the other parts.
When used in conjunction with target exercises, yoga can be a nice addition to a weight loss and physical program.
Within a couple of months, you should begin to see some good results in the firmness of the breasts. The exercise must be combined with weight loss in order to see any favorable results.
If your condition is due to a hormone imbalance, there are a couple of different things that you can do to combat the effects of gynecomastia.
The easiest thing you can do is purchase a compression shirt to flatten the chest and reduce the visual aspects of the condition. Gynecomastia shirts are cost effective and offer real results, immediately. They come in colors and styles to fit almost any situation.
While exercise and weight loss will probably not bring you the results you desire, the options that are available to you include eliminating all soy and conventionally raised meats from your body in attempt to balance the hormones in your body.
This is a drastic measure, but if the estrogen is causing your gynecomastia, it can reverse the condition and reduce the size of your breasts.
Eliminating soy and soy products will mean buying and cooking only whole foods and organic packaged foods that do not contain soy. It is a difficult diet to manage, but it can really help.
The only other course of action you have is to opt for breast reduction surgery. While there are serious risks involved with this type of surgery, it does offer permanent results, provided you keep your weight in check after the operation.
It is considered invasive surgery and the risks are real. For men who want a solution to their problem, sometimes breast reduction is the only thing that will help them.
If this is the case, someone considering the surgery should become well-informed about what to expect post-surgery, and talk with their doctor about what benefits it can offer you. Men who undergo breast reduction can often regain a better quality of life.
While yoga can be integrated with many of these options, it will not of itself treat gynecomastia or cure it. It can only be added as a supplement to other treatment plans. Combined with a program of targeted chest workouts, yoga can help you to reach your goals, but it is not a treatment by itself.