Women spend a lot of money to get rid of cellulite, but unfortunately most of the expensive anti-cellulite treatments do not work. Some work a little, but the cellulite usually comes back. The right exercises, done correctly, always work for cellulite.
There are a number of ways of getting rid of cellulite and exercise is one of the best ways because exercise gets rid of cellulite naturally by triggering the body’s natural weight management mechanisms. There are also special body movements that will kill your cellulite very fast.
You can read and watch a video about them here. Exercise is also effective given that you can vary the intensity of just about any exercise to achieve faster/better results. Also, exercise doesn’t cause harmful side effects like most artificial methods of getting rid of cellulite like applying topical creams.
As long as you get the exercise routine right, exercising is 100% safe. Let’s get right into it and discuss how to get rid of cellulite with exercise. Besides walking, jogging and doing thigh raises and pony kicks, below are other effective exercises for getting rid of cellulite.
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Dumbbell squats are great for getting rid of cellulite because they target the front thighs and buttocks which are prone to cellulite. To perform a dumbbell squat, stand up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart while holding dumbbells. Your palms should be facing the sides of your legs and your back straight.
Proceed and lower your torso by bending from the knees and hips as if you are getting ready to sit down. Your knees shouldn’t move forward. You should also stop moving just before you assume a sitting position. Hold this position for a few seconds and then return to the original position. Perform 10-15 repetitions to complete a full set. You can do 5 sets or more to get the best result. Perform this exercise at least 4 times a week.
Lunges are great exercises for getting rid of cellulite. Furthermore, you don’t need any weights to do lunges. You just need to position your legs in a certain way to perform lunges effectively. A lunge positions the body with one leg forward while the knee is bent and the other foot is resting on the ground (or slightly above the ground) from the knee to the foot. Lunges are great sculpting exercises.
Lunges build several muscle groups, including the thighs, buttocks and hamstrings which are prone to cellulite. Depending on your fitness level, severity of cellulite, personal preference, among other factors, you can perform various lunge variations i.e. short or long lunges. Long lunges focus on the buttocks while short lunges focus on the quadriceps. Short lunges are easier to perform so they are highly recommendable for beginners.
To perform a lunge, take a big step forward with one leg (the right leg) then slowly lower the other leg’s knee (left knee) towards the floor. Your right knee should assume a right angle. Your back should be straight. Press firmly into your right leg and push back to assume the starting position. Repeat the exercise with your left leg to perform one set. You can do 15-20 sets per exercise session.
This exercise is great for the butt, hips and thighs hence great for getting rid of cellulite. To perform a scissor press, tie an exercise band slightly above your knees while lying with your back, arms straight down at your sides. Proceed and extend your legs up, directly above the hips. Spread your feet wide to keep the band taut.
Continue opening your legs slowly as wide as possible and then pause and maintain this position for a few seconds when it’s no longer possible to spread your legs. Return to the starting position slowly and then cross your left ankle over your right ankle. Pull your right leg, from behind your thigh, towards your chest to complete a full scissors press set. You can perform 10-15 scissors presses per exercise session.
Inner thigh squeezes
As the name suggests, this exercise focuses primarily on the thighs. To perform an inner thigh squeeze, lie down with your face up and arms by your sides. Proceed and raise your legs while bending your knees so that your knees assume a right angle with the rest of your body. You can vary this position by bending your knees more in case it becomes harder to do the original version. While holding a comfortable position, place an exercise ball between your knees with your feet flexed.
Proceed by squeezing the ball as hard as possible, making sure you maintain the original knee position. Once you squeeze as far as possible, hold this position for about three seconds and then open your legs back to the original position to complete one set. You can perform as many inner thigh squeezes as possible or until your thighs can’t squeeze anymore.
Pilates pelvic curls
Pilates pelvic curls are great exercises for getting rid of cellulite affecting the buttocks and thighs. The exercise also improves core strength which translates to more muscle. One of the main reasons why Pilates pelvic curls are great for getting rid of cellulite (besides targeting cellulite prone areas) is; you don’t need any special equipment.
To perform a Pilates pelvic curl, you just need to lie down on the floor (back resting on the floor) with your knees raised while your feet touch the ground and your hands rest by your sides. Proceed and raise your pelvis and lower back. Hold this position, making sure your glutes and thighs are squeezed perfectly and return to the original position to perform a full set.
Step-ups are very simple but effective feet exercises. All you need is a regular step. A stair case works perfectly. You can hold dumbbells to increase the intensity of the exercise. To begin, place your left foot on the step. While holding this position, step back using your right foot. Before you touch the floor, press upwards using your left leg to lift your right leg up again. Repeat and switch legs to complete a full set. You can repeat as many times as you can with different variations, i.e. with steeper steps, dumbbells, legs extended etc. to achieve the desired effect on your thighs.
Deep ballet barre bends
This exercise targets the thighs, hips and buttocks. Deep ballet barre bends will build your leg muscles as well as tone your lower body tightening skin in the process to get rid of cellulite. The barre is a prop used for balance while doing isometric strength training exercises. A ballet barre is easy to find in a gym. You can also use a horizontal pole fixed in place.
To perform a deep ballet barre bend, stand, with your legs apart and as far away as possible from the barre. Your arms should be stretched out. While holding the barre, bend down and return to the original position slowly to complete one set. Repeat for 10 to 15 times per exercise session. You can perform variations such as staying down longer to increase intensity.
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