Exercise to get rid of cellulite
Can you really exercise to get rid of cellulite? There seems to be so much conflicting information out there. But does exercise have a role? Is it possible to spot reduce areas of cellulite?
If these questions have run through your head, do not fear, you are not alone.
Yes, you want to tackle the problem.
BUT, if you are going to make the effort, it better be worth while.
So what does work? And why?
Exercise and cellulite into perspective
First things 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.
Exercise DOES have a role in reducing cellulite, and it DOES have a role in helping to manage the unsightly appearance. For best results it should be mixed in with other factors such as eating the right foods and taking advantage of lymphatic drainage (both of which are discussed in Parts 2 and 3 of this blog).
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.
Remember, it is the fat deposits under the skin that give cellulite its distinctive look. This is compounded by the fact that the connective tissue under the skin can be weakened by hormonal changes.
So how can you strengthen the connective tissue? Through improving muscle tone, by boosting circulation and through eating a healthy diet.
Which exercises to choose in the battle with 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 maintain your 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. The resistance training will have the biggest impact on skin tone and connective tissue strength, the cardio will stimulate blood circulation, and the yoga will help with muscle tone and circulation.
When you are doing the resistance exercises there are four particular exercises that I would encourage you to include in your routine. These are squats, walking lunges, side-squats with a dynaband and Pretzel lifts.
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 does’t mean you can skip the gym!)