Can Simple Exercises Really Beat Cellulite?
Sufferers of cellulite will no doubt be familiar with the many workouts available on the market today which claim to be ‘cellulite-busting’ i.e. if you purchase the workout then you can say goodbye to your cellulite problems. But is it really true that certain movements and exercises can rid you of cellulite once and for all?
Exercise Is Key But Good Nutrition Is Also Important
Unfortunately, it isn’t quite that simple. Yes, there are particular exercises which can assist in the reduction of cellulite build-up within the body and we will cover those in a moment but in order to really beat the cellulite, it takes more than just exercise. Nutrition and good circulation are also key to reducing the cellulite within the body. Additionally, research suggests that some women are just genetically more susceptible so no matter what measures they put in place, they could still end up as cellulite sufferers. If you fall into that category then don’t despair! There are still ways to reduce the overall appearance of any cellulite you might have, or might gain, in the future.
Which Exercises Are Best?
So which exercises are best if you want to get rid of cellulite? Cardio training, especially interval training where you vary the intensity of your exercises, is a great way to burn body fat and to promote good circulation around your body. Good circulation is vital for removing toxins and preventing them for building up underneath the skin, causing the bumpy and uneven looking cellulite to develop.
Strength training is also a good choice. Firming up muscles will help smooth your skin, reducing the appearance of cellulite. As most cellulite appears on the buttocks, inner, upper and back of the thighs, focus on exercises which increase strength in these muscles. You should aim to train your lower body at least twice a week, and the following exercises are very effective:-
Step-Ups: If you don’t have a bench, the bottom step in your house will work just as effectively. Simply step up, then step down with the same leg. Aim to start with 20 reps on each leg and gradually increase the number.
Lunges: Keeping your upper body straight, with your shoulders relaxed, take one step forward, lowering your hips until both knees are at a 90-degree angle. Ensure that your front knee is directly above your ankle, not pushed out too far and that your other knee doesn’t touch the floor. Return to starting position. Aim to start with 30 reps on each leg and gradually increase the number.
Squats: Keeping your back straight and your weight in your heels, extend your hips down and back, almost as though you are sitting in a chair. Try to lower yourself down until your tights are parallel with the floor. Watch your knees and make sure that they don’t go over your toes, as this could cause them unnecessary strain. Aim for around 40-50 reps to begin with.