In my quest to learn different methods of cellulite reduction, I have come across a deluge of information that can actually just become confusing after a while, if you don’t apply some type of “filter” to what’s being read or heard. There are a ton of different opinions out there, and one only needs to click on a different website to hear a different and even conflicting view about what it takes to get rid of cellulite. One thing is for certain: We know a whale of a lot about the causes of cellulite, as well as its characteristics (dimples, cottage cheese thighs, orange peel skin, etc.), but when it comes to discovering or implementing actual ways to reduce or remove cellulite, many times we find ourselves coming up short. It’s amazing how cellulite has shown itself to be such a “formidable foe”, so to speak. There’s not too many women who can claim that they are exempt from the effects of cellulite, from the fittest and trimmest of us all the way to those of us on the other end of the spectrum. So far with this blog I have covered all kinds of cellulite treatments, from the surgical and clinical (i.e., mesotherapy, ionithermie, endermologie, etc.) all the way down to the most natural and holistic methods of cellulite reduction (diminishing cellulite through nutrition and so forth). Although I have researched and reported on a veritable encyclopedia of cellulite information, I still feel like I’ve only just begun with this blog. I haven’t even started to research various products that can reduce cellulite, such as cellulite creams or lotions, and so forth. I don’t want to claim that I’m an expert in that area yet, because I just haven’t done enough research in those arenas to give an informed opinion. Truthfully, I’m no expert in any of these areas of cellulite reduction information, because I am learning as I go myself. One thing is certain: it’s been a blast doing this, because I’m the kind of person who loves to learn, so this is right up my alley.
One of the prerequisite tips that can be helpful in moving you closer to cellulite reduction is to understand the different types of cellulite that can be present in the body. There is hard cellulite, which often appears or occurs in women who lead active lifestyles, such as joggers, aerobics enthusiasts, or dancers. Although cellulite can be less frequent in women who engage in a consistent routine of physical exercise of some kind, when it does rear its ugly head, it is a much more stubborn version of cellulite to deal with. Although you can implement exercises to get rid of cellulite, you will be up for a more intense fight, so to speak. The reason why the hard cellulite is so…er…hard, to deal with is because it is the type of cellulite that has a direct attachment to the muscles. Soft cellulite, on the other hand, can occur in the larger muscle areas and hangs a bit more loosely from the body. It’s the kind that becomes plainly evident when the “backfield is in motion”, so to speak (LOL). So while one type of cellulite (soft) is easier to get rid of, it has more of a visual impact than the hard cellulite, and can be detected by the eyes a lot easier as well. Soft or hard, however, remember that poor circulation can definitely be a contributing factor to cellulite, and that’s why I have “preached” from the beginning that you need to engage in some kind of cardiovascular exercise to improve your overall blood flow, thus allowing toxins to be more easily flushed out of the body, as well as staving off water retention, which can contribute as well. All of these factors play a part in lymphatic drainage, which is an absolute key to maintaining healthy cells, including fat cells. If lymphatic drainage doesn’t happen in an efficient manner, the next thing you know, the body is trapping toxins that it should be releasing, and fat cells become enlarged, preparing the perfect environment (unfortunately) for cellulite development. To get technical about it, the connective tissue, when put under stress due to enlarged fat cells, passes into a hypertrophic state due to the pressure put on the tissue by the intrusive fat cells. So since we know all this to be true, and the bulk of it stems from a lack of proper circulation, it would behoove us to increase the activities that increase our circulation—i.e., exercise. Always consult your physician before beginning any kind of regular exercise regimen, but I can almost guarantee that most of you can take a simple walk. Taking a stroll is a good way to begin building up your stamina to handle a more structured and demanding exercise regimen. Once you have a couple of weeks under your belt of walking 3 or 4 times a week for 20 minutes at a time, you may want to switch to more of a walk/run routine, and then later take it to a complete all-out jogging session, all to build up more stamina and prepare for strength training. Take it easy, take it slow, and don’t expect too much in the line of “fantasies” regarding getting rid of cellulite in 1 day or anything like that. I know that by now I really sound repetitive, but exercise can help anyone get healthier, whether or not you’re dealing with cellulite. Consistent good diet and regular exercise may very well be the most effective cellulite remover after all. Don’t listen to the nay-sayers who slam diet and exercise and say that there’s no clinical proof that diet and exercise directly contribute to cellulite reduction. At the end of the day, your body will thank you regardless.