What is Cellulite?
In short, cellulite is a type of fat. However, it seems to have it’s own unique, dimply appearance doesn’t it? That’s because this particular type of subcutaneous fat is stuck between the muscle and the fibrous cords that connect the skin to the muscle. The more fat cells that accumulate, the more they push against the skin and cause those cords to pull down. This creates the “cottage cheese” appearance you love to hate. And the looser the muscles fibers are in any part of your body, the easier it is for the fat to push through like little pillows.
Cellulite is caused by many factors including poor circulation, hormones, genetics, inadequate exercise and unhealthy diet. Although there are creams, lotions and procedures that can be done to reduce cellulite, proper nutrition, cardio exercise and strength training are the safest, most effective, long-term strategies for minimizing the appearance of cellulite on thighs. Because cellulite typically appears in the hips, thighs and buttocks, here are some exercises you can perform to blast away the cellulite on thighs.
9 Best Exercises To Reduce Cellulite on Thighs:
1. Clockwork Lunge:
How to do:
- Stand with hands on your hips and feet hip-width apart.Take a big step forward with your right foot and lower down until your right leg is bent 90° and your left knee is nearly touching the floor. Push back up to starting position.
- Take a big step to the right with your right foot, bending the right knee and keeping the left leg straight. Return to the starting position.
- Take a big step back with your right foot. Lower until left leg is bent 90° and right knee is almost touching the floor. Return to starting position.
- Repeat with the left foot, stepping to the front, then to the left side, then back. That’s one set. Do 15 sets.
2. Plié Squat With Alternating Heel Raise:
How to do:
- Stand with feet about 3 feet apart, toes pointed out.
- Lower down until thighs are nearly parallel to the floor. Push yourself back up to standing. That’s one rep. Do 15 reps.
- Repeat the same move, but raise the right heel as you lower down. Do 15 reps.
- Repeat the same move, but raise your left heel as you lower your body down. Do 15 reps.
3. Alternating Abduction Squats:
How to do:
Place a weighted stability ball about one foot in front of you. (A Swiss ball works, too.)
- Raise your right leg and touch the top of the ball with your foot. Use your foot to
- swipe the ball to the right side, landing with your feet shoulder-width apart.
- Bend at your knees and lower your body down until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Push yourself back to standing.
- Repeat using left side.
NOTE: If you don’t have a BOSU ball or Swiss ball, do the same motion but without the ball. Raise your knee up to about hip-height, swipe your leg out to the side, and land with feet shoulder-width apart.