- Do some motion
It is the best tactic for defeating cellulite. It contains the levels of fat in the body and helps maintain a toned and firm skin. Try to do 30/40 minutes of exercise three to four times a week. You must provide cardiovascular training, for example brisk walking, running and cycling, combined with toning work with weights. Pilates and yoga will help, although they should not be the only physical activity.
- Do these targeted butt exercises:
- Lunge: this exercise is the best for toning your thighs and buttocks. Its secret lies in being able to tone both sides simultaneously. In an upright position with your feet slightly apart, hold your belly in and take a big step forward (that is, a lunge). When the foot of the front leg touches the ground, bend the knee so that the hips are lowered and the knee of the other leg is bent. Then return to the starting position. Perform three sets of 15-20 reps alternating the legs.
- Static lunge: it is very similar to the exercise described above, the only difference lies in the fact that once you have performed the lunge forward, you must maintain your position and move vertically. Go down until the knee is a few centimeters from the floor, then get up. Do three sets of 15-20 reps per leg.
- Squats: fantastic for having a firm buttocks. In an upright position with your feet slightly more apart than your shoulders. Imagine having to sit on a chair and, keeping your belly in and your back straight, lower yourself. Always keep your knees in line with your toes. Slowly return to the starting position and repeat. Do two sets of 15-20 reps.
- Quadrupedal leg momentum: get on all fours, keep your back straight and contract your abdominal muscles. Raise and bend one leg to form a 90 degree angle, then lower it without touching the floor and repeat everything for 15-20 times; change legs and start again.
- Myths to dispel
Affirmation: cellulite is the result of the accumulation of toxins deriving from an incorrect diet, coffee and smoke. False. Cellulite is pure and simple fat. This is why your friend with a wild life can have the smooth skin of a child and continue to allow herself a party-like existence.
- Invest in anti-cellulite treatments
Anti-cellulite creams do not work, but there is a technique whose effectiveness has been proven by clinical experiments, endermology. It is a massage that acts on deep tissues, using a machine to hit the cells and force them to get back in shape. Creams, however, can firm up the surface layers of the skin: use one that contains active ingredients of some utility. You can try a product based on escin, horse chestnut extract, or the dear old aloe vera, available in any pharmacy. These ingredients stimulate circulation and subcutaneous microcirculation.
- Do you offer massages
Recent medical research at Middlesex University Hospital in London shows that, in addition to decreasing aches and pains, a massage can stimulate circulation and blood supply to the internal organs. Excellent news for you: 1-0 against cellulite.
- Eat the right food
Reducing the amount of fat in the diet is the key. Choose foods rich in omega 3 and omega 6 (EFA fatty acids). These substances not only regulate the speed with which fat is absorbed by the body, but, according to some research, they also have a precise anti-cellulite effect. EFAs are found in oily fish, especially salmon and tuna, flax seeds and walnuts. Take care to eat fatty fish at least twice a week, otherwise take a supplement.
- Increase your intake of antioxidants
They help fight free radicals, rascal molecules that appear naturally and are also a source of trouble for the shape of fat cells. Antioxidant substances are found in onions, cloves, garlic, vitamins A, C and E, as well as in the minerals selenium, zinc and manganese.
Buy a body brush (one of those body brushes). Exfoliating dry skin will not free your body from cellulite, but will improve the overall appearance of the skin, as it promotes lymphatic drainage and helps make the skin appear less swollen and yellowish. Move the brush in circular movements towards the heart, concentrating on the legs with large brushes.
Text taken from: Guide to beauty, Anita Naik, Morellini Editore