Several factors that contribute to the development of cellulite include gender, genetics, hormonal imbalances, fluid retention, diet choices, and the natural elasticity of the skin. Cellulite is the unsightly dimply appearance of the skin that is caused by deposits of fat cells accumulated in the connective tissue. Unlike other fat deposits within the body, cellulite tends to dimple and pucker the skin because it is just below the surface. Men rarely develop cellulite, yet it is thought that approximately 90% of women experience it to some degree. So what can we do, how can we get rid of cellulite?
Investing in expensive creams that claim to cure cellulite, or spending a ton of money for liposuction procedures are not the answers for getting rid of cellulite. There are several measures you can take to improve the appearance of cellulite or even banish it. The key factors that really work to improve cellulite are getting your hormones in balance by keeping estrogen levels down, improving blood circulation, reducing fluid retention, eliminating certain foods that contribute to cellulite, and eating the right foods that help to eliminate it. Exercise can also play an important role in helping to achieve a firmer, smoother look that will also improve the appearance of cellulite trouble spots. Here we discuss some helpful exercises to get rid of cellulite.
These exercises can be done in just 20 minutes per day and are recommended three times per week. The targeted areas to work on include the stomach, hips, and thighs.
Begin with a cardiovascular warm up for two minutes to get the blood pumping. This can include moderate paced walking stair climbing, or cycling either on an indoor machine or outdoors. Gradually pick up the pace and work at an increased intensity for approximately eight minutes, gradually slowing things downs for a two minute cool down.
Next, work on a little strength training by doing one set of repetitions with a weight that is not too heavy, but heavy enough to give the muscles a workout. Do each of the following exercises for ten to fifteen repetitions:
The Dumbbell Squat
The Inner Thigh Squeeze
As your strength begins to increase over time, challenge yourself by holding the repetitions for a longer period of time.
It is important that after each type of strength training exercise, to then stretch out each muscle you just worked for a period of twenty seconds. Then, move onto the next strength training exercise. When you have completed each strength exercise, stretch out your body by doing the butterfly stretch when the entire exercise routine is completed.
Keep in mind that these exercises to get rid of cellulite will only go so far in helping to reduce the dimpled look of cellulite. Eating properly, maintaining a healthy weight, and working to improve circulation will all go a long way towards getting rid of cellulite. By learning more about how to get rid of cellulite, you can look forward to getting rid of that unwanted dimpling, and looking good and feeling good about yourself again.
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