Now here’s a topic of conversation we can really get behind: your bu-tt. Read through for everything you’ve ever wanted to know (and probably some stuff you didn’t) about your bumpin’ backside.
Of all the body parts you could flatter, women most like being complimented on their butts, according toThe Men’s Health and Women’s Health Big Book of Sex.
2. It Might Be Healthy to Have a Big One
Fat in your butt and thigh areas carries a lower metabolic and cardiovascular risk than abdominal fat—and it may even be protective, suggests a 2010 study out of the United Kingdom.
3. One Was the Inspiration for Spanx
Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx, told CNBC last month that her own butt inspired her to invent shapewear. “As a woman, I couldn’t figure out what to wear under my white pants,” she said.
4. 2013 Was All About Shaking It
While “selfie” earned the title of Oxford Dictionaries’ 2013 word of the year, “twerk” made the shortlist. Thanks, Miley.
5. Your Gluteus Maximus Is Part of a Major Muscle Group
Get this: “Your glutes are your body’s largest and perhaps most powerful muscle group,” according to The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises. The key to sculpting them is working them—and sitting on them doesn’t count! So check out these nine exercises for a super-toned tush.
6. We Like Songs About Them
Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” won the 1992 Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance—and, of course, remains an esteemed karaoke choice to this day.
7. Guys Don’t Notice Backsides Right Away
The butt got eighth place in a recent survey that asked British men what they check out first about a woman—eyes got first. Ahem: Please note that these were self-reported results.