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Specific Exercises To Reduce Cellulite

Jan 24, 2008
Cellulite is a stubborn and often mysterious problem. And even though most people associate cellulite with carrying excess pounds, this isn't necessarily accurate. Let's take a quick look at what is known to cause cellulite, and how certain exercises can reduce the problem.

Even the most slender of women may have cellulite. It is not directly linked with being overweight, although that is a common misconception. In fact, cellulite is present in almost all women beyond puberty age.

Most medical researchers agree that the biggest cause of cellulite is hormonal and genetic. The genetic aspect applies particularly to body composition and circulatory patterns and disorders. In terms of hormonal factors, estrogen appears to be the hormone that causes cellulite and in many instances makes it worse.

How Certain Exercises Can Help

Stress levels are another majore factor in cellulite problems. To reduce stress, exercise should be introduced. Stress can also be caused by a poor diet, which of course also has a negative effect on weight and appearance.

Exercise in particular has a positive effect on cellulite reduction. Although exercise alone cannot eliminate cellulite, it counteracts stress and diet mishaps. Did you know that stress is a big contributor to cellulite? While reducing stress is another topic entirely, for purposes of this information, be aware that regular exercise significantly reduces stress.

The Specifics

Most cellulite deposits are present in the upper rear thigh area. An excellent exercise to help tone that area is the stiff legged deadlift, which sounds more difficult than it is. Here's how to do it ... stand erect with your feet shoulder length apart, holding a dumbell weight in each hand, as much weight as you feel safe with (you can always do this with more weight later on). Now, bend forward at the waist until the dumbell weights either touch the ground, or as low as you can go. Keep your knees straight and don't bend them. You will feel the motion in the back of your thighs and also in your lower rear end. This is an excellent toning exercise that will help improve your appearance.

If you belong to a health club, be sure to try a spinning class. Also called indoor cycling, these classes are fun, challenging, and burn a lot of calories. Their effect on cellulite reduction is twofold: you'll burn calories, tone your legs and rear end, and reduce your stress level ... all in a 45 minute or one hour class.

To reduce cellulite, a combination of strategies are necessary. This stands to reason, as a number of factors contribute to cellulite. Exercise and a good, clean diet are two major factors. Reducing your stress levels is another excellent strategy, and as we've pointed out, diet, exercise, and stress reduction go hand in hand. You'll find that combinin these three factors will go a long way in reducing a cellulite problem.
About the Author
Lisa Adams is a working mom and author who has always taken an interest in women's health issues. To find out more about cellulite and how to combat it without wasting money on so called miracle cures, be sure to visit Lisa's recommended Cellulite Reduction resource site.
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