Thousands of women all over the world would save themselves a whole lot of money if they knew how effective diet and exercise is when it comes to removing cellulite. The creams, massages, supplements and other fads just do not work. They are rip offs and just a waste of time.
Cellulite is fat. Normal fat that looks different because of the tissue structure in a woman’s body. The tissues are connected in a manner that squeezes the fat out and makes it look clumpy and gives a similar appearance as cottage cheese. Nevertheless, it is the same type of fat found all over your body.
Just like normal fat, cellulite can be blasted away with cardio and weight/resistance training. This article will focus on cardio training.
There are many types of cardio workouts from running to cycling to swimming to even classes like Zumba or Taebo. Any workout that elevates your heartbeat and keeps it raised for a prolonged period of time is considered a cardio workout.
Cardiovascular training is one of the most important and effective components in a fat loss quest. You must include resistance training and have a healthy diet. However, without cardio workouts, your progress will be slowed down considerably and you will take ages to burn the fat.
Depending on your age and fitness, the intensity of your cardio workout will vary. What may seem intense to a 40 year old woman may be easy as pie for a 25 year old woman. So, intensity is based on how you feel.
You always want your cardio workouts to be short and intense. We are not interested in those long 45 to 60 minute walks. Your cardio workouts should be around 20 to 30 minutes and hard. You must be panting and sweating and feel like giving up. That means you are giving your best.
As long as you feel that it’s intense, that’s a good sign. Uphill sprints, stair climbing, skipping, kickboxing, are excellent forms of cardio. You want to choose a cardio workout that focuses more on your lower body. So, it may be advisable to skip swimming or rowing.
When your cardio workout focuses on the lower body, your legs, thighs, calves and buttocks will be targeted. The muscles in these areas will become stronger and tauter. While you cannot spot reduce fat, the fat burning process in these areas will be accelerated due to the increased muscle mass in this areas.
Most women notice cellulite in the lower body because these are the more prone areas. The skin is thinner and generally, women have a tendency to store fat in the lower body. So, by engaging in cardio that works your lower body, you are directly targeting the problem areas.
The key point to note is that you need to do your cardio sessions regularly and intensely. Four times a week would be great. It will take time to burn off your fat, but if you persist and stay the course, in time to come, your body will tap into all the fat stores and that includes your cellulite and burn it all off. That is your goal.