If you are looking to get rid of cellulite using an exercise routine, you will first want to understand exactly what cellulite is.
First and foremost, cellulite is not a 'thing,' rather it is a word that is used to describe the appearance of the unattractive, dimply skin that is the result of fat pockets just under the layers of skin.
Cellulite forms more frequently in women than in men because of the way that the connective tissues connect in the layers of skin where fat is stored.
Difference Between Men's and Women's Skin
Women, as compared to men, have different hypdermal layers beneeth the skin where fat is stored. In women, the walls of the hypodermal layer are vertical (up and down) whereas the walls in men's skin are zig-zagged in fashion. This is why when the fat cells get larger in women's skin, there is more chance for stretching so that the fat pockets are more visible on the surface of the skin.
How Do You Get Rid of Cellulite With Exercise Then?
Since the fat cells in the hypodermal layer become larger, we need a method to target the muscles just below the skin in order to remove cellulite.
The cellulite can be removed with low repetition, gentle muscle stimulation. These types of exercises will be able to target the affected areas and not only tone the muscles, but tighten and lift the skin to make the appearance of cellulite disappear.
Doing your basic exercise machine routines, treadmill exercises, and elliptical machines will not get rid of cellulite! (However, you may still want to do these on occasion for the cardiovascular benefits.)
Instead, get your exercise routine going by doing 10 minutes of cardio, followed by some of these exercises, done by using your body weight and balance to target the affected areas:
1. Goblet or Dumbell Squats – These are deep squats done by holding a heavy weight. For the Goblet variety, hold the weight against your chest otherwise you can hold the dumbbells at your side. These should be done with at least 10 lbs. These will affect the glutes, hamstrings, and thighs.
2. Clock Lunges – Imagine the face of a clock. Now do lunges at 12 o'clock, then 3, 6, and 8 o'clock for the same leg. Then do the same for the other leg for about 3 sets of 15-20 reps.
These 2 exercises are just some of the many examples you can do when finding out the best way to get rid of cellulite with exercise.
The key is to target the affected areas and stop doing so much cardio! Let's get fit ladies!