7 Exercises To Combat Cellulite
The first time you see cellulite on your body is kind of like seeing your first gray hair. It catches you off guard. It usually happens in the dressing room when you can actually see your backside and the lighting is less than friendly. (Sigh!) And no, you don’t have to be overweight to have cellulite, and yes, even worse–you may still be young! How can this be happening? Okay, take a breath, sit back, read the facts on cellulite and then check out our 7 exercises to reduce and defeat the current crisis of cellulite.
What is Cellulite?
In short, cellulite is simply fat. However, it seems to have it’s own unique, dimply appearance doesn’t it? That’s because this particular fat is stuck in between the muscle and the fibrous cords that connect the skin to the muscle. The more fat cells accumulate, the more they push against the skin and cause the cords to pull down. Those create the “cottage cheese” appearance you love to hate. And the looser the muscles fibers in that body part, the easier it is for the fat to push through like little pillows.
At What Age Do You Get Cellulite?
After puberty, anyone can get cellulite. Young girls can have it, but it shows up more in older women because their skin is thinner. In addition women and men alike tend to gain fat and lose muscle with age, both of which contribute to having cellulite.
Where Does It Usually Show Up?
Cellulite can show up anywhere that fat accumulates, but is typically found in the butt and thighs. These areas carry the most fat.
Is It Genetic?
Yes, cellulite tends to be passed on through families. Thanks, Mom! But remember, if you stay fit you are less likely to have cellulite so keep exercising.
Do Skinny People Get It?
Yes! Having cellulite doesn’t mean you are overweight. Even thin people have it. But if you ARE overweight, losing weight can reduce cellulite.
Can I Get Rid of Cellulite if I Lose Enough Weight?
Losing weight will shrink your fat cells and reduce your body fat, but your cellulite won’t disappear completely. Weight loss can, however, reduce some of the cellulite on your body.
Do Creams or Other Treatments Reduce Cellulite?
According to the Mayo Clinic “…cellulite treatments, including massages or cellulite creams, advertise remarkable results. Most of these treatments don’t live up to their claims.” In fact, most doctors agree that even the extreme step up surgeries like liposuction may not reduce your cellulite. In fact, it may end up looking worse.
So Is Getting Rid of Cellulite Hopeless?
We love the phrase “progress, not perfection”. The truth is you may not ever have a perfectly smooth appearance. However, you can definitely make it better and sometimes a lot better. The best way to reduce the appearance of cellulite is strength training! When you build nice, firm muscle underneath your skin, it will fill the space with solid structure and create a smoother surface. Basically the webbing of muscle fibers tighten up and they won’t allow the fat to push through. And strength training builds muscle. The more muscle means the more fat burn, and more fat burn means less fat to produce cellulite! Boom!
So here are some moves that will focus on the cellulite-prone areas of your lower body. Try these 2-3 times per week for best results. You will need a long resistance band for two exercises. Perform each move 8-12 times then move to the next one. Repeat a second round.
1. Plie’ Squat
- Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder distance apart and toes turned out.
- Bend knees lowering torso keeping your back straight and abs tight.
- Tuck your tailbone.
- Squeeze your glutes and come to standing position.
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