By Bob Otieno
Before spending your money on expensive surgery or cellulite creams, the most effective way to manage cellulite is exercise. This is not only a great way to keep fit but it also helps to reduce stress and detoxify the body.
I am sure you have heard of numerous remedies to reduce cellulite. Unfortunately, most of them just don’t work. What you must understand is that reducing cellulite is a matter of reducing fat by exercising and checking your diet.
What is a cellulite?
It is dimpled or uneven skin created by fatty deposits. These deposits are caused by weakened connective tissue, hormonal changes, poor circulation, thickness of the skin and poor diet.
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Cellulite is found on the thighs and butt, especially in women, and has a characteristic ‘orange peel’ appearance.
Which exercises are good for cellulite?
The key is to combine strength moves with regular high-intensity interval-training sessions. Why?
• Strength training improves the tone of muscle tissues.
• High-intensity intervals burn calories during a workout and keep your metabolism elevated afterward.
The best cellulite exercises are cardio-vascular workouts like walking, jogging, cycling or swimming as they stimulate blood flow and lymphatic circulation.
The exercises also help fat trapped under the skin to move through the blood stream and out of the body.
Cardiovascular exercises also promote sweating, which detoxify the skin and burn fat. Go for moderate but intense intervals of exercise, at least three to four days a week.
Reducing cellulite requires firming muscles through toning exercises. The muscles to tone include thighs, butt, hips and the upper arm.
Do a variety of exercises for each muscle group, three to four days a week for best results.
If you don’t have time to walk or swim, here are some home exercises you can do.
1. Lie flat on the floor and gradually lift your legs to about two feet high. Move them slowly up and down and repeat four to five sets daily.
2. If possible, purchase a stationary bicycle and exercise your thighs for a good 20-30 minutes.