Cellulite is fat that appears as dimpled skin on your buttocks, hips and thighs. While cellulite isn't a serious medical condition, it can be embarrassing and make you feel self-conscious. It is caused when a collection of fat is pushed together against the connective tissue beneath your skin, and makes the surface of the skin appear lumpy. Many factors create cellulite, such as age, genes, body fat, and thickness of skin. Exercises can combat this condition and smooth out your skin.
Walking, running, swimming, and bicycling are all cardiovascular exercises responsible for getting your heart rate up and burning calories and fat, which fights off cellulite. These exercises must be performed for at least 30 minutes at a time, and increase your metabolism, improve circulation, and flush out toxins from your system. All of these benefits factor into reducing the appearance of cellulite. Exercise improves muscular strength, and tones the muscles in cellulite-prone areas.
Squats are a very useful exercise in reducing cellulite by smoothing out the muscles in the thighs, buttocks and hamstrings. Standing, with your feet shoulder-length apart, keep your stomach pulled in nice and tight. Bend your knees until your hamstrings are parallel with the ground. Hold for three seconds before returning to your standing position and repeat the movement. Perform this exercise up against the wall or underneath a chair. Aim to complete three sets of 10 to 15 reps every time you work out.
Lunges are a great exercise for building muscles and beating cellulite. Start in a standing position; take a step forward with your left foot, until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Straighten back up and repeat the exercise with the other foot. Don't let your front knee go past your toes. Keep your torso straight while performing this exercise. Complete three sets of 15 to 20 reps with each leg. Lunges enhance circulation in your legs, while strengthening the muscles that support the skin, promoting a smoother look.