4 Exercises to get rid of cellulite

Can you really exercise to get rid of cellulite?

For many women cellulite is an aesthetic problem, but for many others it is a health problem because it can be painful. There seems to be so much conflicting information out there. But does exercise have a role? What does work? And why?

If these questions have run through your head, do not fear, you are not alone. Let´s go deeper in this topic.

Exercise and cellulite into perspective

First, let’s remember that there is no magic bullet for overcoming cellulite. No, you can’t miraculously spot reduce. And, unfortunately, exercise is not the final answer to the problem.

Remember, it is the fat deposits under the skin that give cellulite its distinctive look. The good news is that exercise can go a long way in reducing the unsightly appearance of cellulite. Not only because it can help to firm the muscle under the skin, but more vitally, because it has a key role in boosting circulation.

However, exercise does have an important role in reducing cellulite and also in helping to manage the unsightly appearance. Take into account that for best results exercise should be part of a complete routine to get rid of cellulite. Some of the most important factors in the routine are:

  • Nutrition: have a healthy diet
  • Boost circulation (Manual Lymphatic Drainage)
  • Exercise: cardio and strengthen training

What exercise is better to get rid of cellulite?

The key here is to mix things up. Try not to obsess about one particular exercise or type of exercise. Including variety in the type of exercise you do will help you to maintain the interest in your programme and look after the body’s different needs.

In order to help you get rid of cellulite, try combining a mix of cardio, resistance training, and if you can, yoga.

Resistance training will have the biggest impact on skin tone and connective tissue strength.

Cardio. You should try interval training. It focuses on varying the intensity of your activity which is a great way to burn body fat.

Yoga will help with muscle tone and circulation.

When doing resistance exercises, there are 4 particular exercises that I would encourage you to include in your routine. These are:

Squats

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms at your sides.
  2. Begin to squat down (pretend you’re sitting back in a chair) place your arms in front of you or at your sides.
  3. Complete 3 sets of 10-15 reps.

Lunges

  1. Standing 1-2 feet from a bench.
  2. Use your right foot, step up onto the bench, pushing through your heel. When your right foot reaches the bench, drive your left knee toward the sky.
  3. Lower your left leg down, stepping backwards off the bench to the starting position.
  4. Repeat with your left leg.
  5. Complete 3 sets of 10 reps with both legs.

side-squats with a dynaband 

  1. Stand both feet on the dynaband hip width apart and hold handles next to hip bones.
  2. Take a big step right and sit back into a squat, then bring left foot to right foot as you stand.
  3. Then, take a big step left and sit back into a squat, then bring right foot to left foot as you stand.
  4. Complete 3 sets of 10 reps with both legs.

Pretzel lifts

  1. Start in a seated position. Bend both knees and put one leg in front of you, in line with the hip, and one leg behind you at a 45-degree angle. Rest one arm on the mat and the other on your front ankle. Your body should lean slightly forward, with your back staying long.
  2. Lift your back leg up in tiny movements, making sure your original body positioning stays the same.
  3. Lower your leg back down to the mat.
  4. Lift your leg again, then repeat the small pulsing movement.

As a final tip, and if you are feeling brave, try taking a hot/cold shower. It’s a quick and easy way to boost circulation (but it doesn’t mean you can skip the gym!)

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