Cellulite is the build-up of fat, water and toxins in different areas of the body. It results in a floppy, dimply skin. Due to the dimpling, it’s often referred to as “cottage cheese”.
Cellulite doesn’t only affect the obese, in fact, thin people also have cellulite.
In order to effectively eliminate cellulite, it’s important to know the reasons that cause it. The most frequent are the following:
- Genetics or hereditary reasons.
- Hormones, normally caused by an excess of estrogen. Some birth-control pills lead to cellulite.
- Lack of exercise is one of the leading triggers.
- Constipation results in an increase in the body’s toxins, which makes fiber consumption essential.
- Poor blood circulation.
- Liquid retention. We should reduce our salt intake to prevent liquid retention.
- Poor dietary habits: excess fats, flours and sugars.
- Drinking too much alcohol.
- Sleeping insufficiently.
- Stress and anxiety.
- Wearing clothes that are too tight, hindering blood circulation.
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Low-impact exercises can eliminate cellulite
Regular exercise burns fat, works muscles and eliminates toxins.
In addition, it reduces liquid retention, helps pump more oxygen into the body, lowers stress and speeds up metabolism. In other words, it allows you to take control of many of the causes that lead to cellulite thus, helping you eliminate its appearance.
- Walking briskly an hour each day, gets blood circulation moving. A good walk is great for the legs and glutes, which are areas that tend to be affected by the dimpling.
By exercising an hour each day, we can work our muscles, firming and strengthening our legs.
- Practicing dance, cycling, swimming and any type of water sport, several times a week does wonders for toning legs and fighting cellulite.
- Being active throughout the day, avoiding sitting for long periods of time, also can make a positive impact.
Try walking up and down stairs in addition to avoiding elevators and using the car when possible.
If your work requires you to sit for many hours during a day, try moving your legs and getting up frequently.
On the other hand, if you’re usually on your feet, try walking or moving your legs and ankles. Staying in the same position makes cellulite worse.
Exercises designed to help eliminate cellulite
Laying on your back
- On the floor, lay on your back with your legs bent and closed. Relax your arms and abdomen.
- Separate and rejoin your legs while contracting your glutes, raising your hips.
On the side
- For this exercise, lay down on your right side.
- Place your right hand under your head and lift your left leg towards the ceiling.
- Raise your leg, keeping your knee straight, without touching your right leg.
- Repeat with the other leg.
- Standing still, bend your right leg and lift your right knee up until your chest area.
- Your back should stay straight at all times.
- Repeat 3 sets of 10 or 15 reps and do the same for the left leg and knee.
Using a chair
- Use a chair, making sure it’s set firmly on the ground and won’t move around.
- Standing next to the chair, grab the chair’s back with your right hand and lift your left leg as high as you can.
- Lower your leg, bend your knee and lift again.
- Repeat the movement, alternating with both legs.
On all fours
- Try out this exercise by getting on your knees, with your arms slightly bent and planted on the ground.
- With one knee on the ground, lift the other left to the height of your hips.
- This is a standing exercise: separate your feet, pointing forwards and keep your hands on your hips.
- Bend your knees at a 90º angle.
- Stay in this position for two minutes and go back to the original position.
Massages are also helpful
Massages and frequent exfoliation are essential for moving retained fat, like toxins and accumulated water.
A good massage gets trapped substances moving and directs them to the blow flow for their elimination from the body.
We can try a a simple massage every day where we have cellulite in order to improve our skin’s appearance.
You can massage yourself with a scrub or an exfoliating mitten. Your skin may redden temporarily, but keep in mind that it’s a sign of blood circulation.
Every day in the shower, or for several times a week, you should apply anti-cellulite cream in circular movements.
Following a balanced diet and a routine with enough exercise are two keys to fighting cellulite.
It’s best to start gradually and add these tips into your lifestyle one step at a time.