Eat Right, Exercise Your Way to Smoother Skin

Are you looking for a miracle cure for your cellulite? Millions of women try pills, potions, or the latest expensive fads seeking to smooth their skin and rid themselves of that lumpy texture. Though tempting, these methods can be very expensive and often times provide zero results. Jumping from one product to the next can cause feelings of frustration and hopelessness for many.

If this scenario sounds familiar, then maybe it’s time to get back to basics. According to an article in Prevention magazine, ridding the body of cellulite requires a one-two punch: Lose the extra body fat and strengthen your muscles. Sound terrifying? Don’t be alarmed. You don’t have to spend your nights and weekends sweating to the oldies or pumping iron at the gym. You do, however, need to make a commitment to better nutrition and at least three days a week of targeted exercises added to your regular workout routine.

That same article goes on to state that exercises targeting the lower body are ideal for ridding the body of cellulite in the hips, thighs and buttocks. Doris Thews, a Los Angeles-based fitness expert, says balancing your overall workout with moves such as a series of clockwork lunges, plié squats with alternating heel raises, ball work such as hip bridges and hip lifts with hamstring curls, and various other squat techniques can transform your entire lower body. With so many choices, you’re sure to find one which is comfortable for you and tackles your problem areas.

If you’re really primed to engage in the battle to beat cellulite, the website Shape.com states that strength training and high-intensity, interval-training sessions are where it’s at. Personal trainer and strength coach Joe Dowdell has worked with everyone from Hollywood celebrities to professional athletes and high fashion models. Dowdell says strength training improves muscle tone, and over time, works to maintain and/or slowly increase the amount of lean muscle in your body therefore smoothing your legs and butt. He goes on to say that high-intensity interval training burns more calories in less time and keeps that metabolism pumping far beyond the gym doors.

So, if you’re tired of the fads and the unfounded marketing claims, maybe it’s time to take a look at good, old-fashioned know-how. Exercise and proper nutrition may be just the key to reducing the amount of cellulite in your body. Why not get started today?