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 & Butt:
Here are the 9 best strength training exercises to reduce cellulite on fatty thighs. They focus on the most cellulite-prone thighs area. Try these exercises 2-3 times per week for best results.
1. Scissors Press:
How to do it:
- Tie an exercise band loosely just above your knees.
- Lie on your back with your arms down at your sides, and extend both legs straight up directly above your hips; your feet should be spread wide enough that the band is taut.
- Slowly open your legs as far as you can.
- Pause when the tension becomes too great to pull any farther, then slowly close back to the starting position.
2. Inner Thigh Squeeze:
How to do it:
- Lie face up with your arms at your sides. Bend your knees slightly, and raise your legs so they form a 90-degree angle with your body. (If this is too difficult, bend your knees more and lift your legs only as high as is comfortable.)
- Place an inflated exercise ball (the kind you use for abdominal crunches) between your knees; your feet should be flexed.
- Slowly squeeze your legs together against the resistance of the ball as hard as you can, making sure to keep your knees bent slightly.
- When the resistance becomes too great to press any farther, hold for 3 seconds. Then slowly open back to the starting position.
3. Resistance Band Alternating Glute Squeeze:
How to do it:
- Hold handles next to hips with elbows bent and place both feet on the band, hip-width apart.
- Lift right foot and press the band back at an angle squeezing your glute.
- Keep leg straight. Release and switch sides.