Zap Away Cellulite With These Simple Exercises
Cellulite is something everyone grapples with and you may have spent more time than you’d like to admit trying to conceal the unsightly dimples or wish them away. Nearly 90% of women have cellulite and while it can be more common in people who are heavy or overweight, even slender and fit women experience it. For women, cellulite often gets worse with age as the body begins producing less estrogen, a hormone that helps keep blood vessels flowing smoothly.
Whether you’re prone to cellulite or not, the fact that 90% of women have cellulite at one point in their lifetime, should be enough to motivate you into action. These exercises focus on tightening and toning the butt and thighs where cellulite is most common.
1. The step-up
For this exercise you’ll need a pair of dumbbells and either an aerobic step or a stair of any kind. Hold one dumbbell in each hand and start standing on top of the step. Keep your left foot planted here, as you step back off the stair with your right foot. Before your right foot touches the floor, press up with your left leg to bring the right foot back to the starting position. Work slowly counting two seconds to lift and four seconds to lower. Repeat this for 10 to 15 repetitions on one leg, before switching sides. If you can perform this exercise without feeling tired, increase the weight of your dumbbells slightly.
2. Walking lunges
These lunges work your glutes, hamstrings, and calves. Start by doing them weight free, but to increase the difficulty (and the results!) add dumbbells. Start standing with your feet together. Take one large step forward with your left leg and lower your hips toward the floor as you bend both knees. Your right knee should come close to the floor without touching the ground. Check and make sure your front left knee is directly over your ankle and adjust as needed. From here, push off with your right foot and bring it forward to meet your left. This is one rep on one side. Repeat on the other side and complete 20 steps or 10 lunges on each leg for a total of three sets.
3. Dumbbell deadlift
To work on tightening your glutes and hamstrings, give this cellulite busting exercise a try. Grab a pair of dumbbells and start standing with your feet hip-width apart. Bend your knees slightly and hold your dumbbells so that your palms are facing your body. Slowly bend forward pushing your butt behind you while keeping your knees slightly bent. Tighten your glutes to return to standing and repeat eight to 10 times.
4. The kickback
For a great glute workout, strap on a pair of ankle weights and get on the floor on your hands and knees. If you don’t have ankle weights, put a light dumbbell behind the knee in the crook of your working leg. To start, check to ensure your hips are over your knees and then come onto your forearms so your elbows are directly below your shoulders. Keep your back straight and look between your hands at the floor as you perform this exercise. Slowly swing your right leg back and lift your right foot toward the ceiling until your thigh is parallel to the ground. Keep this right foot flexed. Hold for one second and then return to the starting position and repeat with your left leg. Repeat 10 to 15 times on each side.