Going back to what cellulite is, it is a condition wherein excess fatty tissue push through the connective tissue underneath the skin. Reducing these fatty tissues can help prevent cellulite and one effective way to do this is through exercise.
But don’t get too excited because exercise does not remove cellulite. It only lessens the probability of having them for two reasons. One, it boosts the metabolic rate of the body so it breaks down fatty tissue faster. When fats are easily broken down, there would be nothing pushing the connective tissue that creates the lumps on your skin. Two, it improves your body by toning the body parts where cellulite usually accumulates. When you exercise to tone your body, the muscles become smooth and firm.
Why are muscles suddenly a concern? This is simply because muscles give shape to your body. When muscles are weak and loose, the fat underneath it influences the muscle layer. So it is just right to strengthen the muscles so that they are stable enough to keep your skin from having clumps.
The type of exercise to focus on needs to be both an answer to the excess fatty tissues and to the weakening of muscles. Here are some exercises that you can do at home that targets the areas of the body where cellulite is most likely to form.
- Squat and calf raise
Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart. Bend your knees slowly towards the floor (make sure that your knees do not go over your toes) and then slowly go back to a standing position. Once you stand, go straight to a tip-toe position and raise your heels.
- Hip bridges
To do a hip bridge, lie flat on your back. You can lie on a yoga mat so that your back won’t be directly on the floor. Bend your legs in such a way that they form a triangle with the floor. Raise your hips while keeping your shoulders flat. Hold it for 3 seconds before slowly lowering it to the ground.
- Pile squat with heel raises
This is done by standing with your legs 3 feet apart. When you lower your body to a squat, raise one heel while doing so. Then, push your upper body upward to a standing position. Do this to your other heel when you lower down.
- Dumbbell Squats
Dumbbell squats are easy as the name is pretty straight forward. Get a pair of dumbbells that are appropriate to your weight, then hold one on each hand. Put your feet apart such that they are aligned to your shoulders. With your back straight (you can stand with your back at the wall to make sure you have the proper posture), slowly squat. When you do this, make sure that your knees do not go forward.