Our Top 5 Exercises to Target Cellulite
If you’re side-eyeing the dimples on your thighs and booty, know that you aren’t alone! Most of us have cellulite somewhere on our bodies - and it’s 100% normal.
Cellulite isn’t size or weight specific, some girls (most of us) may actually be genetically predisposed to it. Although it’s impossible to get rid of cellulite completely, there are definitely some things you can do to minimize its appearance. Strength training — especially when combined with diet and cardio — can reduce body fat and sculpt muscles, helping smooth some of those dimples.
Ready to get started? Bust out these exercises to help tone out those dimples and get some extra Booty gains! #yesway
1. CARDIOVASCULAR EXERCISE
When targeting cellulite, you’ll want to burn off more calories than you're taking in to target those fat deposits. AKA it’s time to get that heart rate going, ladies. Any of your normal workout activities, such as walking, running or cycling, can help in the overall battle to burn calories and reduce the appearance of that cellulite. Grab your girls and go for a fun hike (trust us, keeping your cardio workouts fun will make it that much easier to stay on track with them)!
2. STAIR CLIMBING
Stair climbing burns roughly 10 calories a minute, AND has the added benefit of really working all the muscles in the booty and thighs. This is beneficial since these areas tend to have the greatest amount of cellulite.
3. LEG LIFTS
Leg lifts are KEY for toning the outer thighs! Check out our “how to” here below.
- Lie on the floor on your side, place your elbow on the ground and prop your head up with that same hand. Place the other hand on the floor beside your waist.
- With legs straight and toes pointed, lift your leg up as far as it will go, then slowly lower it back down.
- Do 10-15 reps, then turn over and work the other leg.
4. BACK KICKS
You’ll want to keep this move in your back pocket, as it helps to target all those areas that we tend to hold cellulite the most! While on your hands and knees, lift a leg up behind you until it's pointed upward at a 45-degree angle. Slowly bring the leg back down and repeat the movement with the other leg. Start with 15 reps and work up from there.
- Stand comfortably, with your feet about a foot apart.
- Slowly bend your knees and lower your body until your thighs are parallel to the floor.
- Gradually stand back up, squeezing your glutes and the backs of your thighs as you rise.
If performed consistently, this exercise should help you to build muscle in your thighs and butt, which in turn, help burn fat. As with the other exercises, start with around 15 repetitions and work your way up as you progress.
Now you’re all set with the tips you need to help reduce those cellulite prone areas. Remember, if we show love to our bodies through healthy eating, exercise and sleep, your body will show you that same love back!