Struggling with cellulite? Join the club. While some people are more prone to developing cellulite—even in their teens—everyone will go through it as the strands of connective tissue thicken with age.
The good news is that you can reduce cellulite by eating certain foods and the proper exercise. These special moves can reduce the fat stores and replenish the muscle tissues. This helps tone the skin, so cellulite becomes less obvious. Read on for tips on exercises that reduce cellulite.
The first exercise works out the quadriceps, abductors, adductors, hamstrings and glutes. Start out without any weights and then add dumb bells as your muscles grow stronger. The starting position is standing with your legs apart, toes pointed at a 45 degree angle. Place your hands on your hips. Then step to the left, stretching until your thigh is parallel to the floor. Maintain your other leg in the extended position. Your knee should not go past your toes and your butt should be higher than your knee. Hold the position and then switch legs.
Kick it up
This exercise will work out your glutes. Just keep your bck straight so you don’t put too much stress on the area. For a harder workout add ankle weights.
Basically take the all-fours position with your knees and elbows to the floor. Keep your arms bent so that your forearms, not your hands, take the full brunt of your weight. Your head should be aligned with your spine, and your eyes facing the floor.
Then, swing your right leg back and lift your foot until your thigh is parallel to the ground. Keep your foot flexed all throughout the movement. Maintain this for 1 to 3 seconds before going back to the starting position. Switch to the other leg.
Lift it up
This is a great workout for the inner thighs—you’ll look amazing in shorts! Just make sure you don’t sway your body as you go through the movements: your upper body should be steady.
First lie on your left side, and place your head on your upper arm. Support yourself by placing your right hand in front of your chest, palm touching the floor. Bend the top leg at the knee and place your foot in front of the other knee. Keep your bottom leg extended. Then slowly raise your bottom leg, so that it is as high as you can manage. Hold for 1 to 2 seconds and then lower as slowly as you can. Switch legs and repeat.
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