Saturday, July 26, 2008

Cellulite Reduction Exercises (Part One)

It seems like I’ve caught myself in the middle of a somewhat accidental series on cellulite reduction…the word just keeps ringing in my head. The more I’m writing about ways to get rid of cellulite, the more I realize how expansive this topic really is. You can check through my archives to find out several different causes of cellulite (even though I don’t feel as though I have adequately covered this enough either), as well as ways to diminish cellulite through proper nutrition. Being the natural-minded, organic-minded, holistic-minded person that I am, I always believe it’s better to go the all natural route to eliminate the ol’ cottage cheese thighs instead of going straight to the chemicals and different things. But don’t get me wrong, I have NOTHING against the different cellulite creams and so forth that are available on the market, and in time I will review some of those different anti cellulite products here on this blog, but I definitely have a substantial amount of reading, studying, and researching to do before I tackle such a vast subject. I always like to put that statement out there so that some people who may think I’m “preaching” only natural cellulite remedies can know that I am an advocate of WHATEVER works, as long as it doesn’t totally destroy you in the process. Many of you that have been with me for a while can attest, I definitely prefer the “no-pain” approach first, as in no surgery, since I am horribly averse to needles, and scalpels, and practically any type of medical equipment designed to invade my space (LOL). I would much rather choose a different (and more natural) approach to diminishing cellulite than going “under the knife”, so to speak. I can only speak from experience, and I have never personally undergone any surgical procedure to remove cellulite, so I can only speak from a limited perspective on that end, but at the same time I don’t want to rule anything out as a possible cellulite cure, because hey, we’re all in this together. The more I’ve been studying and scouring the Web, the more I have realized that there are way more people who are dealing with the cellulite problem than those who are not. Many of our most famous actors and actresses are actually concealing a little cellulite of their own. You don’t see it many times when you look at photos of celebrities, because they know how to hide it very well (Photoshop, anyone?). Yep, that’s right, many of these celebrities’ photos are touched up, airbrushed, and so forth so that their flaws aren’t as visible as those of us who don’t have this kind of help at our disposal. It’s actually a big bunch of pretense, you know? So many people look up to those celebrities and think that they have no flaws, but in reality there are probably (proportionately) just as many celebrities with cellulite as there are us normal folks…in a relative sense—I think you understand what I’m saying.

At any rate, on to the point of this post…I know I end up rambling many times. Writing these posts is like therapy for me sometimes. But the main point of the post was to deal with cellulite reduction, and the importance of exercise as a component in your overall “plan of attack” to reduce cellulite and get that orange peel skin out of your life! As the post title suggests, we’re going to talk about how to exercise for cellulite reduction. A lot of people ask about aerobic exercise and the role it should play in reducing cellulite. They wonder if it’s an effective cure, or if it’s a waste of time. My thought has always been, more exercise is always better than less, more information on how to properly eat is better than less, more cardiovascular workouts are better than less, and more muscle building exercises are better than less. A strong body is a healthy body. Now if you’re a woman, that doesn’t mean that you have to look like the female version of Arnold Schwarzenegger (although that’s your prerogative and if you want to look like that, then hey, knock yourself out). I’m simply saying that doing strength training exercises will always be a good deterrent to cellulite formation, due to the fat-burning power of muscles that are in shape. It has been proven that even while the muscles are at rest, and no exercise is being done, if your muscles are more fit and strong through weight training (light or heavy), they burn fat at a higher rate even while at rest. So it makes sense to focus some of your strength training efforts on your hips, thighs, and buttocks to have those muscles burning fat instead of falling victim to the accumulation of fat within the fat cells, causing the dimpled appearance of cellulite. I almost hesitate to say this, but one of the most effective exercises you can do is just simple squats. I’m not even talking about squats with weights; I’m talking about squats with no resistance except your own body weight. The best way to do squats is to stand with your feet shoulder width apart, your toes pointing very slightly outward. Once you’re in this stance, just simply act like you’re sitting down in a chair and squat until your upper thighs are parallel to the poor. Make sure that your shins stay perpendicular to the floor, so that you don’t put too much pressure on your knees. If you start noticing that your knees are advancing past your toes when you squat, you’re putting too much pressure on those patellar tendons (I think that’s how you spell it). Also, you will need to keep your back straight. Don’t squat too far at an angle to where your butt is protruding way out and your back is no longer perpendicular to the floor. Also, keep your head up, looking straight ahead. I know the temptation will be for you to look down at your legs or whatever, but just keep your head looking straight ahead. If you simply commit to doing 4 sets of 25 of these types of squats (100 total) every other day, you will truly build a foundation of lower-body strength that will enable you to tackle the more complex exercises which can target the more cellulite prone problem areas. One more thing to mention in this regard…make sure to stretch before doing these squats…you’ll thank me later. And also, be sure to consult a physician before starting any type of exercise routine, especially if you’re eager to get going on some specific cellulite reduction exercises; don’t let your eagerness get the best of you to where you skip out on taking the necessary steps to approach your cellulite reduction efforts safely. Well, that’s all for now…I have managed to write another “epic” (LOL), and it’s only Part One, so I’m signing off. Have a great one!

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