5 Most Effective Cellulite Blasting Exercises You Can Do At Home!
What is Cellulite? Cellulite, that dimpled or “orange peel” skin on your hips and thighs, is caused by subcutaneous (under the skin) fat and the connective tissue surrounding the underlying muscle. While there are several creams, ointments and brushes that claim to remove cellulite, you’ll find that the only sure and effective treatment is diet and exercise. Here are five exercises that will blast away cellulite.
1. Stair Climbing
One of the most effective exercises requires no equipment other than the stairs. Your goal is to climb as many stairs as possible in the time you have available, not casually stroll up and down the stairs, but to attack them. Stair climbing burns a minimum of 10 calories per minute but also works the hips, buttocks and thighs, those areas most prone to cellulite. By exercising and toning these muscles, you will stretch and smooth the areas most affected by cellulite.
Squats may seem solely a leg exercise, but actually provide a full body workout if performed correctly. Start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart. Keeping your back straight, bend at the knees and hips as though you are sitting down in a low chair. Don’t let your knees move forward over your toes as you lower your body until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Slowly stand up, squeezing your glutes and the backs of your thighs as you rise to the start position. Start with 15 repetitions and work up to 20-25.
3. Goblet Squats
A variation of the bodyweight squat and the easiest transition into a weighted squat. Hold something heavy to your chest (hug it to keep the weight close) and perform your squats slowly and without bouncing. Work up to 3 sets of 20 repetitions.
Lunges can be performed “walking” or stationary and work all of your muscles from the waist down. Start with your feet together, plant one foot and step off (lunge like a fencer) with the opposite foot. Take one large step forward and lower your body so both of your knees form 90-degree angle, keep your front knee over that ankle. Pause, hold and then push back into the starting position. Work up to 3 sets of 8-12 reps on each leg.
5. Side Leg Raises
Work the outer portion of our thighs. Lay down on your side with your elbow below your head and legs stacked (one on top of the other). Stabilize your body with the hand not behind your head as your straighten and raise the leg on top as high as you can. Pause briefly and slowly lower it back down to the start position.
To permanently get rid of cellulite, you need to reduce the layer of underlying stored fat stores and replace it with lean and toned muscle.