To exercise is like dieting - we all know that we need to do it - yet we all seem to have some excuse for not doing it. However, when fighting cellulite on all fronts, exercise should be considered as part of a holistic way to treat cellulite as the lungs are a major organ of getting rid of waste materials and toxins.
If going to gym is a form of relaxation to you, it is great, but if you, like many people do not like going to the gym, then an alternative form of exercising should be looked at.
Not only do you need to work the muscles to keep their tone and elasticity, but also to help with adequate oxygen in your body. It should be a good workout for your heart, helping the lymphatic system and also to burn off excess fat. It also assists the digestive system, helping constipation etc, and it will also help you to de-stress and relax.
Exercising is great – but it must be done regularly. Bouts of exercising now and again may do more harm than good - so rather start slowly and keep it up – even if it is a very simple or short routine.
When starting for the first time it may be a good idea to work with an instructor, but if this is not possible, remember to start slowly and not to overdo it.
If you really have been a couch potato for some time, maybe start off by having a brisk daily walk for 20 - 30 minutes. The accent is on brisk - there is no benefit if you dawdle - you need to walk fast enough to get your heart rate up and the oxygen exchange going in your lungs.
Should you feel stiff the next day after your first walk, have a long hot bath - this will help to move the build-up of lactic acid in your muscles - and a firm massage on the affected muscles will also help to loosen them up. Nevertheless, - go out walking again today - otherwise you will receive no benefit from it.
These are a few simple exercises that you can look at, and add to.
Remember - you are trying to achieve a cellulite-free body - and although it may take time, perseverance will pay off.
If you have any health concerns or medical problems please do not do these exercises before consulting your health practitioner.
If you decide to start exercising remember to start off by first warming up.
A good warm-up exercise to do is to stand with your feet apart and hands on your hips and to rotate the top part of your body from the waist up, in a circle. This should be done 4 times in one direction, and then 4 times in the opposite direction.
Once again, stand with your feet apart and your hands together and raised to the maximum above your head. Slowly, without forcing your body, bend down and let your fingers touch your toes. Keeping your head and arms in this down position, bounce downwards from the waist and loosen the muscles.
This bouncing movement can be repeated a couple of times - then raise your hands above your head and repeat the exercise 5 times.
Sit flat on the floor with your hands slightly behind your buns, with your legs pulled towards your torso, your knees bent and feet together. Move your knees towards the floor on the left side of your body, and then towards the right.
Touch the floor 30 times on each side.
Lie flat on the floor on your right side, with your arms supporting your torso and slightly raising it from the floor. Now bring your left leg straight up and lower it slowly again.
Repeat this exercise 15 times and repeat the other side.
Stand on your hands and knees. Lift your left leg and straighten it out towards the back and in a fluid movement while bending your knee again, swing it in towards your chest and then out straight to the back again.
Repeat this movement 15 times. Change legs and exercise the right leg.
Lie flat on your back with your arms stretched out aside you at shoulder height. Move your feet towards your buns while bending your knees. Now lower your knees to the one side, and then move upwards and down to the other side.
Do these movements slowly and repeat 20 times.
Lie flat on your stomach with your hands supporting your chin. Raise your left leg as high as you can get it and keep it raised for a count of 5 and lower it SLOWLY. Change and repeat the movement with the other leg.
Repeat the exercise so that each leg is exercised 20 times.
Lie flat on your back with your knees slightly bent and the legs drawn up. Cross your arms over your torso and start doing sit-up exercises. Do NOT overstrain - rather do many repetitions of this exercise but DO NOT hurt the muscles - you feel them working and not hurting.
Lie flat on your back with your arms spread out at shoulder height and your feet together. Lift both legs together as high as possible.
If your stomach and back muscles have not been worked you will not be able to lift them much, but try to lift a little. When you have achieved the height you can lift, keep the position for the count of 5 and SLOWLY lower your legs - do not let them fall towards the floor.
Repeat 5 times, but the repetitions can be increased as you feel the muscles strengthening.
Should exercising at home not be for you, consider going to a gym, an aerobic dance class, yoga class or take up exercising in a pool. Swimming is still one of the best exercises, and a person is less likely to hurt any muscles when doing exercises in a pool.
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