Exercise is one of the best ways of dealing with cellulite. Before looking at the specific exercises any woman would benefit from engaging in, we must first understand what cellulite is.
It is fat that is trapped beneath the skin. It is not the result of toxins or poor lymph ‘drainage’ or other reasons so commonly given by cellulite treatment companies that have a vested interest in this 12 million a year industry.
Cellulite is fat. Plain and simple and just like all fat, it can be reduced with a sensible diet and exercise. Of course, to a certain extent cellulite is also hereditary. Women who gain fat easily and have thinner skin will show more signs of cellulite.
Whatever the case or genetics, all women will gain from exercising regularly and the best way to do exercise trainings will involve both cardio and resistance training.
The Key to Cellulite Reduction
The key to reducing the appearance of cellulite is to bring your body fat percentage down. We are not so concerned about the weight on the scales. We want to alter our body composition. You want more lean muscle and less fat.
Sometimes, there may be no visible difference on the scale since your body has replaced burnt fat with lean muscle. Therefore, it would be a good idea to measure your body fat and keep trying to lower your body fat percentage – aim for a 15 to 18 percent level if you are a woman. This may be a little difficult but it’s a goal worth striving for.
To burn your body fat and boost your body’s stamina levels, you will need to engage in cardio activities. I’d recommend about 20 to 30 minutes of cardio. If you can spare 45 to 60 minutes, that would be great. However, most women are pressed for time, so 20 to 30 minutes should be sufficient if you maintain intensity.
Reduce Cellulite Dramatically with High Intensity Workouts
During these 20 to 30 minutes, your cardio must be at a very high intensity. You must be gasping for air and exhausted. Slow walking or jogging is just not going to cut it. You want to be working out at a fast pace. You want to be tired. Choose cardio activities that engage your lower body the most.
Running, cycling, stair climbing, spinning, skipping, etc. are great forms of cardio. Most women show cellulite on their thighs, butt and legs. These are the areas you want to tone and target. So, engage in high intensity cardio that involves your lower body.
Reduce Cellulite with Resistance Training
The second component would be resistance training. Many women avoid this because in their mind, weights and resistance training is a man’s type of exercise. This is wrong.
There are immense benefits from weight training and one of the best is Kettlebells. Kettlebell workouts can give you a full body workout that will produce better results in less time than most any other type of resistance exercise routine.
Target the Cellulite Directly
You want to do compound exercises such as lunges, squats, leg presses, calf raises, thigh movements, etc. When you do these exercises, your lean muscle mass in your thighs and legs will increase and you will burn off fat more readily in these areas.
A firm buttock or thigh will show less signs of cellulite. So, research on exercises that will tone up your lower body or you may use the exercises stated here. The key is in performing them regularly.
The tips listed above will work wonders for your health and well-being. If you haven’t already, subscribe to the My Fitness Nut Newsletter at the top of http://MyFitnessNut.com to help you become, fitter, healthier and have a body that many other women want to have. Cellulite will be the least of your worries.