Ask any woman to list three things she would love to get rid of, and chances are, cellulite will be one of them. Here, try for yourself. Imagine you have a magic stick, and you can get rid of any three things in your life. For me, that would be cellulite, headaches, and probably the memory of some of my ex-boyfriends.
There isn’t a woman who hasn’t suffered from cellulite at least once in her life. Especially today, with most of us having a sedentary position at work, it is nearly impossible to avoid the No. 1 enemy for women and their beauty image: cellulite. So, how to get rid of cellulite? First off, there are short-term and long-term solutions. I prefer the long-term solution, but you can do as you wish.
What you need to remember is that cellulite doesn’t discriminate. I am in my 30’s and I never thought I’d get it at a young age. I’ve found ways to get my thighs in shape and get rid of cellulite. But even teens can get it. Older people are even more prone—not because of their age, but because of skin tissue changes. As we get older, our skin tissue thickens and our skin gets thinner, and, as a result, cellulite is more noticeable. Men are not prone to cellulite because of how their skin is composed. But that being said, let’s take a look how to get rid of cellulite.
I am starting with the short-term solution first, because most women I know decide to get rid of cellulite in the summer, right before they go on their vacation. I was the same when I was younger, but now that I’m older, I’m not looking for short-term solutions any more.
That being said, you can get rid of cellulite by going to anti-cellulite massages. They cost a lot, but they will get the job done in the short-term. A professional masseuse will be able to break the fat in your skin and make your skin look more elastic. Therefore, no cellulite. But you can be sure that cellulite will come back after a while.
This is not something I’ve tried, but I have friends who swear by it. The market is flooded with anti-cellulite teas that promise you can get rid of cellulite by drinking two to three cups per day. As I said, I haven’t tried it, but my friends who have say they got results. So, I encourage you to try it, but it is another short-term solution. It will require enormous amounts of tea, and, as a result, you will probably go to the toilet five to seven times a day. More water—more trips to the toilet, as simple as that.
Get Your Cardio
Now here is a long-term solution that I love: cardio exercise. When I mention cardio, people almost immediately think of running. Every single friend of mine, when I just mention cardio, he/she says “but I cannot run that much.” Well, you do not need to run. There are tons of other cardio exercises. Walking is considered a cardio exercise. And for those who want to take things up a notch, I can personally guarantee that fast walking is even better than running. However, fast walking requires a special technique; it is not just “pick up the pace and you’re good to go.”
For those who can go hiking, GO! Do not stay at home. Weekends are excellent for hiking. Another great cardio exercise is swimming. Nowadays, there isn’t a city without a pool, and swimming literally activates every single muscle in your body. Personally, I love going swimming at night. After a good one hour of swimming, I go home, take a shower, and go to bed relaxed and calmed. But choose the cardio that is best for you.
Finally, we’re getting to my favorite method. I will tell you few simple exercises that specifically target your thigh and gluteus area.
1. Let’s start with the simplest one: a squat.
There is no better exercise than the squat, as it targets your thigh area, your butt area, and your back, and also helps improve your posture. Two things are crucial to know about the squat: your back should always be straight, and your knees should never pass your toes.
Start with your feet shoulder-width apart, hands by your body. Bend, and as you squat down, move your hands in front of your face. Your butt should be parallel to the floor, and you should create a 90-degree angle at your knees. With your back straight, stand up, but use your butt to push yourself up. Once you are up, your hands go to your sides again, and try to push a little backwards for extra pressure on your back muscles.
2. The next simple exercise is the lunge, the classic exercise.
Your legs are shoulder-width apart, and your hands are by your sides. Move one leg forward, either left or right. The correct position for lunges is with a straight back, and you form a 90-degree angle at both of your knees, the front and the back. Again, as with squats, your front knee should never pass your foot. You can do backward lunges as well. Alternatively, if you want more pressure, hold dumbbells in each hand. Another alternative to the classic lunge is to hold a medicine ball in your hands, and as you move forward with your knee, twist your back left or right with the ball in front of your chest.
3. Next up: side lunges. Again, your legs are shoulder-width apart, and your hands are at your hips. Your back is straight and flat. Take a step to the left to the point your left knee is parallel to the floor. Your right leg is extended. As with the standard lunge, your knee should not pass your toes. Your butt shouldn’t dip below your knee. Stay there for two seconds, return to the original position, and then move to the right.
4. The next exercise is the best for your gluteal muscles. Get down on all fours, but make sure to keep your back straight and in line with your head. Your eyes should be looking down. Swing your left leg, and then lift your left foot toward the ceiling. You want a position where your thigh is parallel to the ground and your foot is flexed at all times. Hold for one second, and then return to the standard position. After 10 to 15 repetitions, do the exercise with your right leg.
5. This one is my favorite, an exercise I call chair lunge. You can again hold dumbbells in your hands for extra pressure. Stand two feet in front of a chair with your back facing the chair. Bend your right knee, extend your right leg behind you, and then put the top of your right foot on the chair. During the exercise, your back should be straight and your head in line with your spine. Your eyes should face forward. Slowly bend your left knee to the point it is parallel to the floor. All other rules apply, like the one to not to pass your toes with your front knee. Repeat 10 times with one leg, and then switch to the other.
These are all simple exercises, and they all help you get rid of cellulite. It might take some time, but the results will be long-term. You can adjust repetitions and sets, but I would recommend at least 10 to 15 minutes of exercise per day, three times per week.