For most women, cellulite is a given. Some reach for creams while others look to clothing to camouflage the dimples. These options are good, but physical activity might be an even better way to fight cellulite. “Getting rid of cellulite requires proper exercise, nutrition, proper circulation and the control of fat-storage hormones [that are] more prevalent in the lower body,” personal trainer Ariane Hundt, founder of Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp tells CNN.
While there’s no way to truly spot-reduce cellulite, some moves can help by improving muscle tone. Here are four easy exercises tohelp you fight cellulite.
1. Clockwork lunge
Los Angeles-based fitness expert Doris Thews showed Prevention some lower-body moves that will target your hips, butt, and thighs. All of the moves are great, but we especially like the clockwork lunge.
Begin standing with your hands on your hips, feet hip-width apart. Step your right foot forward and lunge until your knee is bent at a 90-degree angle and your left knee is just above the ground. Push back to the starting position. Nest, step out to the right in the same manner. Finally, repeat the same lunge going backward. Repeat on the left side and continue to alternate until you’ve performed 15 sets on each leg.
2. Romanian deadlifts
This easy exercise, courtesy of POPSUGAR is more effective than it looks, targeting two key cellulite areas: your hamstrings and your glute. Feel free to use either dumbbells or a barbell.
Once you have your weight (not too heavy or light), evenly distribute the weight in both hands as you stand with your arms at your sides. Keeping your knees slightly bent and keeping your core tight, hinge at the hip as you lower the weight as far as possible. Your back should remain flat throughout. Squeeze your glutes, then pull back up to the starting position. Aim for three sets of 12 repetitions.
3. Booty push
As great as the name of the exercise is, it’s made better by the fact that it was created by celeb trainer Tracy Anderson. The booty push, which was featured in Cosmopolitan, is also a great way to tone your rear while also strengthening your arms.
Start by sitting on the ground with your feet in front of you and your hands just behind you, then raise yourself off the ground. Keeping your left knee bent, lift your right leg off the ground. Keeping your foot flexed, extend your right leg all the way out as you bend your elbows so that your butt ends just a few inches above the ground. Push back up as you pull your leg in, then repeat. The story recommended three sets of 10 reps per leg.
4. Lying inner-leg lift
Working your inner thighs will help to tone as well as prevent injury. Why? Because weakness in these muscles often leads to groin strains during activities that involve quickly changing direction. Get stronger, leaner legs with the lying inner-leg lift, which you can see over at Prevention.
Start by grabbing a light pair of ankle weights. Attach one to each ankle, then lie on your left side, preferably on a yoga or exercise mat. Allow your head to rest along your arm. Place your right hand on the ground, just in front of your chest for support. Bend your right knee and arrange your leg so your right foot is just in front of your left knee. Keeping your left leg extended, slowly raise it up as high as possible. Hold briefly, then lower back to the ground. Complete 15 total repetitions on each side.