How to Get Rid of Cellulite on Thighs

image001Unfortunately for women, the weight we gain tends to settle around out thighs, hips and bottom. Cellulite may seem impossible to lose, but do not lose hope! There is a proven way to help you lose the saddlebags and look amazing in your summer shorts.

You do not need to buy expensive products, or buy a gym membership to get the tones thighs and hips that you want. Just keep practicing the following lifestyle and dietary tips and toning exercises.

How to Get Rid of Cellulite on Thighs

1. Common tips

  • Walk. Walking is the simplest, best way to lose cellulite. It sounds too simple, but walking at a brisk pace can burn 300 calories an hour. To see results quickly, you should walk one to three miles a day, six days a week. Plan your walks with choices of one to 3 mile course and make sure you include some hills and inclines in the walk. These add extra workouts in your walk. Make sure you wear good walking shoes and walk at a pace that suits you. Also be sure to stretch before and after you walk. Be sure to walk naturally, but at a faster pace. Slow down if you become short of breath, but stop immediately if you feel dizzy. Start off slow and work steadily to your goal of toned thighs.
  • Massage. Massaging cellulite stimulates circulation and breaks up fluids beneath the skin so it has a more even appearance. One option is to purchase a sudser with multiple nubs on it, such as one from Bliss Fat Girl Soap for $18 at www.sephora.com. This also contains caffeine to help tighten skin and will exfoliate the dead cells away.

2. Thigh-tone exercises

  • Thigh raise

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    Lie face down and raise your legs so your feet are 2-3 inches off the floor. Bend your knees, keep them off the floor and hold that pose. Begin with 5 seconds then gradually work up to 15. Straighten your legs and slowly lower your legs to the floor. Repeat.

  • Kick-kick

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    Sitting on the floor, bend your right knee and put your foot flat on the floor, while keeping your left leg straight. Lift your left foot about 6 inches off the floor and hold the position for 5 seconds and slowly lower to the floor. Repeat this with the other leg.

  • Pony kick

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    Starting position for this exercise is on your elbows and knees. Make sure to keep your back straight as you raise your left thigh to an angle of about 45 degrees, keeping your knee bent and pointing your heel to the ceiling. Hold the position for 5 seconds, slowly lower your leg and do it again 5 more times. Repeat the exercise with the other leg.

  • Inner thigh workout

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    On the floor, sit with your back straight, your knees bent and your legs apart. Raise your left arm over your left knee and use your right hand to keep your balance. Raise your right leg into your left hand and hold the position for 5 seconds. Do five of this exercise then repeat with the other leg.

  • Ballet thigh

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    While holding a rail or back of a chair, keep both feet facing forward and your chin up. Move your right leg back and place your toes touching the floor. Leading with your heel, move your right leg back and raise until your foot is about a foot off the floor. Hold the position for 5 seconds, lower your leg and do it again for 5 repetitions. Do the same for the other leg and work your way to 20 repetitions.

  • Thigh chair

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    With your feet straight, stand about 12 inches from the wall and slide your body down the wall until you are in a sitting position with your thighs perpendicular to the floor. Hold this pose for 30 to 120 seconds.

  • Watch a video for more exercises to lose cellulite on thighs:

3. Dietary changes

  • More water. If your body has plenty of water, your skin will look fresh and this will reduce the appearance of cellulite. To make sure your body has all the water it needs, you should drink about 8 glasses of water each day. Carry a bottle with you so you can sip as you go through your day.
  • Plenty of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables have a lot of water in them, so eating them helps keep you hydrated. A diet of lots of vegetables and fruits is also healthy for you and will help keep your weight down and that reduces the possibility of developing cellulite. Carry raw vegetables with you to snack on throughout the day.
  • Healthy fats. There are several foods, such as olives, nuts, avocados, fish and olive oils, that have omega-3 fatty acids that are important for healthier skin.
  • Keeping away from certain foods. Some foods will cause weight gain and increase water retention. These foods should be avoided to reduce cellulite. Avoid fried foods, packaged snacks, foods that have a lot of salt or sugar, and alcohol.

4. Medical treatment

You can also use laser and radio frequency treatments for the legs. The Mayo Clinic recommends 2 treatments per week for several weeks to reduce the signs of cellulite for up to 6 months. The idea is to induce changes in collagen fibers in the legs to create a smooth skin surface, according to Bruce Shack in a Vanderbilt University Medical Center study that examined the effects of cellulite – smoothing techniques.

 
 
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