Cellulite is not cool. Like an unwanted houseguest, it shows up when and where you don’t want it and no matter how nicely you ask, no matter how politely you try to reason with it, cellulite simply refuses to leave.
As you are reading this article, you would probably agree that when it comes to the body issues facing women today, cellulite is Public Enemy No. 1.
Below you will find some of the best exercises for cellulite on thighs that women can perform. However, before that, take a little time to really get to know your cellulite. After all, to fight your enemy, you must know your enemy.
QUESTION: What is cellulite actually?
ANSWER: Though you probably already know this, cellulite is that unwanted condition in which parts of women’s bodies (usually the thighs and buttocks) appear to have fat deposits that collect under the skin, leading to the dreaded “cottage cheese” legs. It affects over 80% of women and unusually starts to manifest after puberty.
Where does cellulite come from?
The quick and easy answer is that cellulite is extra fact cells that have collected and worked down into the bands of collective tissue that help to attach the skin to the muscles underneath. As the strings of connective tissue pull apart and separate, the fat deposits can poke through causing a lumpy or rippled appearance.
Why does cellulite make thighs and butts look dimpled?
When the fat cells under the skin balloon or push up, it can limit the available space under the skin, which puts a lot of upward pressure on the connective tissue below. That upward pressure forces the fat right up against the upper layers of skin which in turn pushes everything else upwards. This is what creates that dimpled look on the surface of women’s rears and thighs. Maybe this will help:
Imagine a room without a traditional ceiling. Instead, this room has a large trampoline stretched across the top. Now imagine this room in filled to the top with normal sized, inflated balloons. The balloons are packed tight against the walls, but not enough to push up on the trampoline.
What would happen if all of a sudden, all of the balloons in this room grew in size. There would be tons of pressure pushing against all four the walls, the floor as well as the ceiling of the room. Because of the lack of space, there is only one way for the “room” to expand. The balloons push against the trampoline ceiling making it bulge upwards.
The connective tissue in your body is like the four walls of this room. They are rigid and won’t budge. Your outer skin is like the trampoline ceiling stretched over the top and the fat deposits are like the balloons that continue to grow. This is how and why cellulite literally pushes up against women’s skin and gives it that unwanted appearance.
Why do only women get cellulite, not men?
Women typically get cellulite instead of men because the bands under women’s skin are vertical, tight and perpendicular which leads to dimpling. While men have more bands under their skin, they typically run diagonally and are much thicker making them a lot less likely to push against the skin above.
Why does cellulite collect on the buttocks and thighs?
Women have trouble with cellulite on the legs and buttocks because that, along with the stomach, is where most women naturally store their fat deposits. It are these natural fat deposits that then work their way down into the connective tissue.
When it comes to fat deposits, there are two main body types. One type gains fat in their lower bodies (buttocks and legs) creating a pear shaped body. The other type tends to gain fat in their upper bodies (abdomens) creating an apple shaped body. Because you gain fat on the legs does not mean you will never gain fat anywhere else, it just means that is where your particular body type stores most of it.
Is there any good news about lower body fat deposits?
The good news is that while you may have come to despise the fat on your lower body, you do have an advantage over those people who tend to gain it elsewhere. Science and medicine have shown that it is abdominal fat, not hip and thigh fat that is particularly dangerous to health. It is abdominal fat that typically makes its way into the bloodstream clogging arteries. This is not likely to happen with thigh or buttock fat.
What is the bad news about lower body fat?
The bad news is that while thigh fat is not as dangerous to your overall health as belly fat, thigh fat is a lot harder to burn off. If you have ever tried to lose weight with a husband, boyfriend or any other male friend, you have probably noticed that men are able to lose weight in their stomachs much easier than women lose weight in their lower bodies.
The other bad news (or at least annoying) is that abdominal fat can be easily covered up with clothing. A baggy sweater or a t-shirt can make belly fat unnoticeable. There is no hiding cellulite on the legs, however. Summer time makes it particularly difficult as women increasing wear shorts, bathing suits and other more revealing clothing.
Is there an easy way to get rid of cellulite?
Sadly, no. This is probably not the answer you wanted to hear, but it is the truth. There is no “cure” for cellulite and there is no magic pill to take.
That being said, while there is no easy way to get rid of cellulite, studies have shown that there are things women can do to help reduce cellulite and prevent more of it from collecting.
It won’t be easy, but what can be done?
The first line of defense is good old fashioned exercise. Not only will exercise help you lose weight (fat), the more you work-out the more muscle you will build underneath the cellulite. Having more muscle under the cellulite makes the affected areas look smoother.
Can exercises rid thighs of cellulite?
Rid completely, no. Help to get rid of some, absolutely. While cardio is important to get your heart rate up in order to burn fat, it isn’t enough on its own. Weight-lifting or any type of muscle toning exercises, coupled with your cardio workout is needed to target the unwanted cellulite buildups.
No one is suggesting you spend hours and hours in the gym and try to bulk up like a body-builder. Sometimes as little as 10-15 minutes of strength building performed a few times a week is enough. Stick to your workout routine and you could see tangible and noticeable results is a few short months.
Stronger leg muscles can also make your overall life easier. You will be able to climb stairs without getting tired, you will have a confident spring in your step, you will be more coordinated—all because of your stronger leg muscles.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at some cellulite burning exercises for thighs and buttocks.
Cellulite on Thighs Exercises
Whether you are looking for exercises for cellulite on outer thighs or exercises for cellulite on front of thighs, the following are good for both. The most important thing is to stick with it. Nothing worthwhile comes easy and cellulite removal is no exception.
#1 – Seated Pillow Squeeze
(works for cellulite on your inner thighs)
Sit on a chair and rest your feet on the floor with your knees bent at approximately 90 degree angles. Put a pillow between your legs and exhale as you squeeze the pillow tightly between your thighs. Push hard enough as if you were attempting to squeeze the life out of the pillow. Hold this squeeze for 1 minute. Release and move to #2.
#2: Hand Push
(works for cellulite on your outer thighs and hips)
This is one of the best in home exercises for cellulite on outer thighs. Again, sit on a chair and rest your feet on the floor with your knees bent at approximately 90 degree angles. Put your hands on the outsides of both knees. While keeping your hands and arms still, push your legs out against your hands. While you are pushing your knees against your hands, press in with your hands trying to prevent your thighs from pushing them outward. Hold this 1 minute. Release and move to #3.
#3: Leg Raise
(works for cellulite on the fronts of the thighs)
Again, sit on a chair and rest your feet on the floor with your knees bent at approximately 90 degree angles. Put your hands on the outsides of the chair. Exhale as you lift your right leg up to full extension. Hold your leg there for 30 seconds. The inhale as you lower your right leg back to the starting position. Repeat this with your left leg and hold for 30 seconds. Release and move to #4.
(works for cellulite on the back of the thigh and buttocks)
This is also one of the most effective cellulite exercises for thighs. Sit at the edge of a chair and rest your feet on the floor, knees bent at approximately 90 degree angles. Put your hands on the outsides of the chair. Lift your hips of the chair allowing your hands, arms and feet to fully support your body. Continue to lift up with your hips until you form your body into the shape of a bridge. Hold this for 30 to 60 seconds. Release and return back to #1. Repeat all of these steps again and you are finished… for today.
Cellulite on the thighs and buttocks is an unfortunate reality facing the majority of women today. However, that doesn’t mean women are powerless to do anything about it. It takes hard work and dedication, but if you stick to these simple exercises for cellulite on your thighs, you will show improvement in no time. Don’t give up!