You only need to pick up a magazine or watch a talk show on the TV to realize that cellulite is a hot topic. Recent statistics suggest that as much as 80% of women suffer from some form of cellulite, whether it be on their legs, hips, buttocks, stomach, or even their arms.
Which leads us to the question “does exercise reduce cellulite?”…or are you stuck with cellulite for the rest of your life no matter what you try?
In our opinion, taking part in regular exercise is certainly good for you, and it’s very possible that it could lead to a noticeable reduction in cellulite. This is especially true if you are currently overweight, as burning fat and toning your muscles will start to get rid of those nasty fatty deposits underneath the skin.
However, you must realize that exercising is not always “THE” solution for cellulite, as there could be other factors at play. For example, if your cellulite is mainly genetic, then no amount of exercising will completely get rid of it, which means you might just have to accept the fact that you are stuck with cellulite for the rest of your life, unless you are willing to stump up a few thousand dollars for laser surgery. However, by combining the right amount of exercise with a healthy diet, you will see improvement.
Before you go down the route of artificially fixing your problem with some type of surgery such as laser surgery or VaserSmooth, it’s important that you give the exercising an honest try, so you can judge for yourself if it really makes a difference by reducing your cellulite.
Here are 4 exercises you can start doing right away:
- Squats and lunges. If you suffer from cellulite on your thighs, then doing squats and lunges as your primary exercise is advisable. Not only will this strengthen the muscle groups in your legs, which means you burn fat quicker, but it is also increases the blood flow, so that your body can get rid of toxins more easily.
- Bicycling. If you have a bike, there are few things you can do better than cycling to firm up your quadriceps and calf muscles and diminish the appearance of cellulite in those areas.
- Yoga. There are many medical experts out there who say that a major cause of cellulite is stress. This theory actually does carry a lot weight, especially when you consider that stress releases harmful chemicals and into your body, and makes it harder to get rid of toxins. If you are currently feeling stressed or worried, then giving yoga a try could be just the ticket. Yoga has been proven to help with blood flow around the body, as well giving you a relaxed and calm mind so you are more prepared to face challenges in life without stressing out. An alternative to yoga would be deep breathing exercises which are simple to do. Luckily, there are many different yoga classes in cities and towns around the country, so you will have no problem finding a class near to where you live.
- Swimming. Another exercise to reduce cellulite is swimming. Now, be honest with yourself, when was the last time you actually went for a swim, apart from that dip in the hotel pool on your last vacation? If you’re like most people, then swimming is probably something you haven’t done for years, which is why now is the perfect time to find that swimsuit and start going to your local pool at least a couple of times a week.
Always consult with your physician before starting an exercise program, especially if you have had a long layoff. One of the biggest problems you can face when getting into an exercise routine is getting injured before you even get it into a good groove after over-exerting yourself too quick, too soon!
Start out slowly. Be consistent but smart. For example, if you want to get into bicycling, start out the first day by riding just 5-10 minutes and slowly work your way up to 30 minutes or so.