Most people at one time or another will suffer from cellulite: it’s one of the most natural things in the world.
That means that you are not the only person trying to find the best ways to get rid of it.
Because it is so common, however, there are plenty of people working on ways to either avoid developing cellulite or to reduce its appearance if you have already developed it.
One of the most common ways is by eating better: increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables you eat each day, making sure that you take in plenty fiber and introducing plenty of natural nuts and seeds are all excellent ways to avoid developing cellulite, because they provide your body with all the essential nutrients that you need for your skin to be able to properly maintain itself.
Eating too much fatty or processed food is one of the quickest ways to develop cellulite, so it is definitely to be avoided.
Drinking plenty of water is a very well-known solution to cellulite problems, too, as water is known to flush out the toxins that you ingest when eating all the wrong sorts of foods that are high in sugars, fats and salts.
The third way that is well known to help get rid of cellulite effectively is exercise. However, not just any exercise will be effective.
If you go running every day for twenty minutes or so, you will find that you cellulite disappears quickly than if you go swimming, for instance.
This is because running encourages your blood to circulate around your legs and buttocks, driving enough oxygen to the muscles to keep them moving properly.
This improves circulation to the skin where cellulite usually develops and can help to tackle the underlying fat cells, thus reducing the appearance of cellulite quickly and relatively easily.
However, running alone isn’t always the best way to help reduce the appearance of your cellulite, and, if you cannot run (or do not enjoy running) you needn’t despair!
There are plenty of exercises out there, most of which can be done from the comfort of your own home, meaning that there’s no need to pay for an expensive gym, that can help get rid of cellulite.
In combination with a great diet, the following four exercises are the best for reducing the appearance of the cellulite on your thighs:
Muscles that this exercise targets: the inner and outer thighs, quads, glutes and hamstrings.
Repetitions: 3 sets of 15
Place your hands on your hips, making sure that you are in a large enough area and are not in danger of bumping into anything that you could damage or that could damage you.
Imagine you are standing in the center of a clock and lunge forward with one of your feet, placing it in the twelve o’clock position.
Return to standing position, trying not to jerk your back (you should feel the weight of your body in your thighs and legs), then lunge to the right to the three o’clock position.
Come back to your standing position once again, then lunge backward to the six o’clock position.
Finally, return to standing and then lunge to the side, reaching your right leg to the eight or nine o’clock position. Remember to switch your legs and repeat.
Muscles that this exercise targets: full body
Repetitions: 3 sets of 15
These, as most people know, are a pain, but they are one of the best exercises not only for calorie burning but also for cellulite melting.
Not only do burpees work the entire body, they are a really great way of targeting your thighs and buttocks, making them stronger, increasing the blood flow to the muscles and skin there, and burning away any fat that is stored beneath the skin.
Your cellulite burning exercise set would not be complete without burpees. With burpees, for those who have never come across them before, the trick is to start standing, jump up in the air, fall down into a pushup position, perform one deep pushup and then jump back up.
These are exhausting, but they’ll get the job done quickly!
3- Goblet Squats
Muscles that this exercise targets: inner and outer thighs, quads, glutes and hamstrings
Repetitions: 3 sets of 20
Everyone who knows anything about exercise will have come across normal squats before. They’ll also know how difficult they are but how great the results are.
They really work the upper thighs and the buttocks, strengthening the muscles there and burning away fat quickly and easily, even after a couple of reps.
Start from standing, your feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart and bend your knees, keeping your back straight but at a slight angle (if you perform a deep enough squat, your chest should touch the top of your thighs).
For added challenge, hold something heavy to your chest and perform the squat.
4- Hip Extensions
Muscles that this exercise targets: glutes
Repetitions: 3 sets of 15
Lie on your back and keep your arms out to the side. Firstly, bend your right knee while keeping your left leg perfectly straight.
Raise your left leg off the floor, only a few inches, keeping it straight, then raise your hips upward, making sure to form a straight line from your shoulders to your knees.
Pause for a couple of seconds then lower back to starting position. After one set, switch legs and repeat.
Cellulite is not easy to get rid of. People may say that they have found or created ‘miracle’ cures, such as creams and soaps, but these only serve to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite: they do not tackle the underlying causes of your cottage cheese thighs.
If you want to get rid of your unsightly cellulite once and for all, therefore, you need to make sure that you are eating the right things, drinking plenty of water and, of course, doing plenty of exercise.
In particular, cellulite tackling exercises, such as the four given above, are great for getting your thighs ready for showing off in summer, and just doing a few sets of these sorts of exercises every day will help you feel confident in your body once again.