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 simply fat that has formed in the layer underneath the dermis and epidermis of the skin and is characterized by a dimpling, cottage cheese, orange-peel look. Fat cells are divided into compartments by connective tissue. Men have connective tissue with a pattern that is horizontal or crisscross while women have connective tissue in the shape of honeycomb which allows fat to protrude.
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. Because cellulite typically appears in the hips, thighs and buttocks, here are some exercises you can perform to blast away the cellulite.
Top 9 Exercises for cellulite on Thighs:-
1. Resistance Band Alternating Glute Squeeze:
- 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.
2. Plié Squat:
- Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder distance apart and toes turned out.
- Bend knees, lowering torso and keeping your back straight and abs tight.
- Tuck your tailbone. Squeeze your glutes and come to standing position.
3. Single-Leg Romanian Dead lifts:
How to do it:
- Stand in straight position grasping 5 to 20 pound weight in your left hand where as keep your left leg off the ground.
- Maintain your knee and back straight, touch down to your right foot. Your left leg should habitually go back.
- Stand back up and repeat at least 3 sets.