Cellulites are deposits of fat underneath the skin. When fat starts accumulating under the skin, it starts pushing against the connective tissues. When this happens, the outer layer of the skin takes on a bumpy appearance. Although harmless, cellulite gives the skin an unsightly cottage cheese-like appearance. Unfortunately, there is no cream that can eliminate cellulite. However, these exercises may help strengthen the connective tissues, making cellulite less noticeable.
1. Side to Side Lunge
This exercise will activate the quads, abductors, and adductors. It will also tone the hamstrings and the butt!
Start by standing with your legs shoulder-width apart. Keep your toes pointed at 45-degree angle and the back pin straight. Put your hands on your hips. Take a giant step to the left, bending the left knees until the thigh is parallel to the floor. Keep the back straight as you take a step, let the butt dip below the knee. Maintain this position for five seconds then return to the starting position. Now switch to the other side without pausing, that’s one rep. Now do at least 15 reps.
2. All-Fours Kickback
This move will tone the glutes and banish those pesky butt cellulite! Strap the ankle weights on. Get down on all fours, bending the arms so the weight is shifted to the forearms. Now, keep the back as straight as possible.
Then, slowly swing the right leg back, lifting the right foot towards the ceiling. The foot should be flexed when you lift it. Hold the position for a second then go back to the starting position. That’s one rep. Do ten reps on each leg.
3. Lying Inner-Leg Lift
Keep the inner thighs smooth and toned with this exercise. Again, strap on the ankle straps then lie on your left side. Rest your head on your upper arm then place the right hand on the floor in front of the chest. Then, bend the knee on the top of the leg by placing the foot on that leg on top of the opposing knee. At this point, the bottom leg should be extended fully. Raise the bottom leg as high as you can. Hold the position for a second then lower it back down. That’s one rep. Do at least 10 reps on each leg.
4. Squat and Side Lift
Squats work great for eliminating cellulite too. This particular move will activate the hamstrings, glutes, quads, abductors and hip flexors.
Strap on the ankle weights and stand up straight. Slowly bend the legs at the knees, jutting the butt out as if you’re sitting on a chair. At this point, keep your back pin straight. Once the thighs are parallel to the floor, do not go any lower. Maintain this position for at least five seconds. Then, lift the right leg off the floor and out to the sides as you stand. Pause again then go back to the starting position. That’s one rep. Do at least 10 on each leg.
5. V-Leg Pull
The V-Leg Pull will tone and add definition to the outer thighs. Start by loosely tying an exercise band around the ankles. Then, lie on your back keeping the arms down at the sides. Extend both legs up above the hips. Keep your feet spread wide until the exercise band is slightly taut. Flex the toes then open the legs as far wide as you can. Once you start feeling the tension, pause. Then, go back to the starting position. That’s one rep. Do at least 15 leg pull.