6 Best Exercises to Reduce Cellulite
The first time you see cellulite on your body is kind of like seeing your first gray hair. It catches you off guard. It usually happens in the dressing room when you can actually see your backside and the lighting is less than friendly. (Sigh!) And no, you don’t have to be overweight to have cellulite, and yes, even worse–you may still be young! How can this be happening?
Okay, take a breath, sit back, read the facts on cellulite and then check out our 7 exercises to reduce and defeat the current crisis of cellulite.
1. Plie’ Squat
Stand with your legs two to three feet apart, toes turned out; place your hands on your hips. Push your hips back and lower your body until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Pause, then slowly push yourself back to the starting position. That’s one rep
2. Pistol Squat
Stand with your back straight and your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart. Raise your right leg off the floor, and hold it there. (A) Place your arms in front of you for balance, and start lowering your butt toward the ground. Be careful so your knees don’t go past your toes. Return to the standing position
Push your hips back and lower your body as far as you can. (B) Pause, then push your body back to the starting position.
3. Side Lunge
This is so perfect for inner thighs. Stand with your feet set about twice shoulder width apart, your feet facing straight ahead. Clasp your hands in front your chest. Shift your weight over to your right leg as you push your hips backward and lower your body by dropping your hips and bending your knees. Your lower right leg should remain nearly perpendicular to the floor. Your left foot should remain flat on the floor. Without raising yourself back up to a standing position, reverse the movement to the left. Alternate back and forth.
4. Elevated Lunge
Begin by standing a few feet in front of a step and reach left foot back so toes are on the bench and heels lifted. Bend the right knee, lowering your body toward the floor until both knees are bent at a 90-degree angle. If your right knee extends in front of your ankle when you lower, move your right foot farther forward. Squeeze the glute as you press yourself back to start, keeping the weight in your right leg. Continue moving down and up for desired number of reps and switch sides.
5. Resistance Band Butt Blaster
From a high plank position with core tight and hips level, jump feet up and kick butt with heels. Your weight should come forward onto hands, but shoulders should stay in line over wrists. Extend legs and land lightly on toes to return to starting position
6. Single Leg Hamstring Bridge
Lie on a flat surface with your knees bent and both feet planted on the ground. As you raise one leg straight in the air, thrust your hips off of the ground, creating an arch in your lower back.
Be sure to drive through the heel of your foot in order to contract the hamstrings and glutes as you lift off of the ground
Great job completing one round. Get a drink of water, go back to the top of the list and go through the entire set one more time.