TGIF dear readers! Let’s kick off what I hope is a yearlong series of “Fitness Friday” posts by welcoming fitness and health fanatic Mike to the blog! He’s got some cellulite fighting tips to share with us today. Enjoy! 🙂 -Erin
Let’s shed some light on the cellulite once and for all: cellulite is a series of fat deposits that are jamming just below the skin, causing the unwanted sight of skin dimpling. This condition affects mostly women, and it does not avoid the slimmer types of bodies, so it is not a sign of overweight.
Recent research shows that cellulite mostly appears as a result of psychological disorders rather than the most common causes of cellulite, so adopting a positive attitude is crucial in your fight to combat it.
Now that we ripped the band-aid off by starting with the bad news, you can feel at ease again by learning more about the 10 most effective exercises that help combat cellulite. Some believe that physical training is not a solution for cellulite. However, knowing the fact that exercises get your blood pumping, it is easy to see how the fat deposits can be diminished through physical effort.
So let’s see what kinds of exercise are the master cellulite slayers!
10 Great Exercises To Help Combat Cellulite
1. Give That Walk a Chance
A walk may seem an innocent kind of effort, but the right type of walk can work wonders. Some trainers believe that a 2-hour physical engagement is more effective than a 1-hour fitness program. The reason is that in the first hour you burn the newly acquired calories, while after 2 hours of work, the effort will hit the fat deposits. Are you starting to see walking in a new light? Good! Now all you have to do is start walking at a steady and fast pace, and enjoy that wonderful park view in your neighborhood.
2. Interval Training
Interval Training, also known as high-intensity interval training (HIIT) has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. This type of training is a highly effective way of getting rid of the cellulite thanks to its smart system. The main idea is as simple: alternate high and low-intensity exercises. Repeat HIIT training 3 times a week and you will become a feared cellulite fighter.
3. Thigh Raise
As cellulite targets mostly the thighs area, it’s important not to overlook this body part. The exercise is easy: lie down on your chest and raise your legs while keeping your knees on the ground. Gently bend your knees upwards and keep this position at least 5 seconds. Repeat this exercise until you feel your blood heavily pumping in your thighs.
Bonus exercise for thigh area: Thigh chair. Sit on an invisible chair while your leaning your back against the wall. Keep your thighs perpendicular to the wall. Hold the position for at least 30 seconds.
Squats are a favorite exercise among many, and for good reason! They require no equipment and at the same time are very effective. The trick for the ideal squat position is to imagine you intend to sit on a chair. Stop lowering your hips once your thighs are parallel to the floor. Level up the workout a bit by lifting your heels once you stand up. 15 reps of squats should do the trick.
5. Go Up and Down the Stairs
This is for all the busy people out there, but it definitely doesn’t lack efficiency. The reason stairs are on this list is because climbing them activates the lower part of your body that is prone to cellulite. Prolong your time on the office stairs and start working those hips!
Who said that only fast-paced workouts are effective? Yoga is a great ally in your fight against cellulite because it helps tone your body and strengthen your circulation system. Train your way to mastering yoga through routines created by fitness specialists while casting out the stress built up throughout the day.
Lunges should be as popular as squats, as they help you shape your body in no time. Start exercising with basic lunges, working your way up to more challenging types. After you gain more strength and resistance, get your hands on some dumbbells. The starting position would be holding tight the dumbbells along your body while practicing lunges. Continue the lunges by lifting the dumbbells up and down to reach a new intensity level.
8. Revive Your Jumping Jacks Moves
It’s the most entertaining exercise you will find on this list, so it will most likely become your favorite. Jump around the house, raising your arms above your head and getting your legs outwards. Practice the exercise with your friends, family or colleagues to better enjoy your time while biding “good-bye” to cellulite.
Don’t rush this exercise with brisk movements, but keep it slow. While standing on your arms and knees (think tabletop position in yoga), extend your leg backward and keep it at a 45-degree angle. Slowly bring your leg back and repeat this with your other leg. Do you feel the tension in your glutes? Good, this means it’s working.
10. No More Excuses for Avoiding Burpees
Even though burpees are dreaded by many, they are extremely effective. Burpees are for adults what vegetables are for kids! But no other exercise has so many elements in its composition: squats, push-ups, plus jumps. We saved this exercise for last as you can easily replace all of the above workouts by making burpees your daily routine only. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it?
Don’t forget to add some healthy and nourishing meals to your workouts and avoid fast food at all costs. Making that cellulite disappear is indeed your main goal, but don’t forget to enjoy the ride also!
Author Bio: Mike Jones is a professional writer with a focus on health, fitness and home remedies. He chose this niche after changing his lifestyle and nutrition by becoming a vegan. Mike wants to help people live healthier lives and reach peak potential by sharing his knowledge.
What’s your favorite tip from this list?