Cellulite is one of the most troublesome problem areas on the body when it comes to weight loss. Removing any and all signs of it is also a challenge. Luckily there are some natural ways to lessen the appearance of cellulite. Try these easy to learn cellulite exercises at home or find classes at your gym that target these specific problem areas. If you keep at these cellulite exercises every week 3 times a week you will have a tighter toned body in no time!
1. Deep Ballet Barre Bends
Doing any form of exercise that really targets cellulite prone areas (thighs, hips, buttocks) will increase muscle, tone your body and those areas where your skin is loose. Find a ballet barre at your local gym, dance studio, or pilates center and try some deep bends.
Stand with your legs hip distance apart and far enough away from the barre so that your arms are stretched out as far as they can go. Grab a hold of the barre and bend down, then slowly come back up again. Do 10-15 reps, and then try it again, except stay down for 10-15 seconds. You will be feeling the burn!
Another great barre exercise that tones the gluteus maximus and thighs involves holding your leg up. Stand hip distance apart again and far enough away from the bar so that your arms are fully outstretched, except this time, place your forehead on your hands. Lift your right leg up behind you so that it points out straight and do some dips up and down with one leg. Keep your other leg bent at all times and you will really start to feel that exercise.
After 10-15 dips, curve your leg so that it no longer points out straight behind you but angle it towards the leg you are bending. Point your toes and do 10-15 leg lifts. Doing this exercise every day will greatly improve the look and feel of your muscles in cellulite problem areas of the thighs and buttocks.
2. Pilates Pelvic Curls
These are another great way to tone your buttocks and thighs while also improving your core strength! The best part is, you can do this lying down on a mat. Lie down with your legs and knees up, feet touching the floor. Your legs can be slightly apart with your arms resting by your sides. Slowly raise your lower back and pelvis up and hold. Make sure to squeeze your glutes and inner thighs.
Want a great way to increase the squeeze? Place a small exercise ball in between your thighs and and squeeze the ball as if you are holding on and don’t want to lose it! Squeeze tightly each time that you raise your pelvis. Slowly bring each vertebrate back down to your mat until your butt reaches the floor.
To increase the difficulty of these cellulite exercises, try doing it on one leg. Hold one leg high in the air as straight as you can. Point your toes, breath in, and slowly bring your pelvis up into the air. Hold it and squeeze your glutes for a few seconds, then slowly come back down. You can balance yourself with the help of your arms, which should still be resting by your sides. Your hips, thighs, buttocks and core will work extra hard on each side when you add this little trick into your pelvic curls.
3. Pilates Side Kick Series
This is an awesome exercise that works your legs, core, buttocks, hips and thighs all at once! Again, for these cellulite exercises you will be lying on a mat, but this time you will be on your side resting on one arm. To keep your body as straight as possible, line up with the edge of the mat! First, start the series by kicking your top leg into the air and bring it back down so that it almost touches your bottom leg.
Hold your top leg just above the bottom leg for 10 seconds then bring it back into the air. Keep your belly button sucked in at all times, engaging your core muscles and keeping your body strong and perfectly aligned.
After you have done 10-15 leg kicks, bring your top leg up and rotate your leg in circles 10 times, then rotate the opposite way. Keep your top rotating leg slightly raised above your bottom leg and you’ll start to feel the burn from these cellulite exercises. Next, do the “bicycle” by rotating your leg in front of you, then bring it back into position. Again, your leg should always be slightly elevated above the other leg! Never let it rest on top of the bottom leg.
Keep your core engaged during the bicycle moves and you’ll feel your muscles waking up! Once you have done each of these leg exercises, roll over onto your opposite side and work that bottom leg with these excellent cellulite exercises.
If you keep at these simple yet effective exercises, you will erase signs of cellulite, tone your body and blast away all the troublesome fat that has collected in these problem areas.