Cellulite burning workout (II)
3. Squat and Side Lift
Muscles worked: Glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, and abductors Equipment needed: Ankle weights
Wearing those ankle weights, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, with your hands on your hips, your elbows flared out to the sides, and your toes slightly pointed out. Remember to keep your head straight and your eyes facing forward. If you want to push yourself a bit, hold a light dumbbell in each hand while you do the moves.
- Slowly bend at the knees and squat back as if you are about to sit on an imaginary chair. Keep your back flat, and don't allow your knees to jut over your toes. Stop when your thighs are just about parallel to the floor; don't go any lower.
- Pause, then straighten your legs, lifting your left leg off the floor and out to the side as you stand. Pause again, then return to the starting position. Repeat, lifting your right leg to the side this time. Alternate legs throughout the exercise.
4. Lying inner leg lift
Muscles worked: Inner thighs Equipment needed: Ankle weights
By working these muscles, you can create a strong, lean line down the insides of your leg.Keep your upper body stationary during the whole move; resist the urge to sway back and forth as you lift and lower. You might also want to do the move without weights first to learn the motion, since it can be somewhat awkward at first.
- 1. Wearing the ankle weights, lie on your left side, resting your head on your upper arm, and place your right hand on the floor in front of your chest for support. Bend the knee of your top leg, placing the foot of that leg in front of your other knee. Your bottom leg should be fully extended.
- 2. Raise your bottom leg slowly as high as it is comfortably possible. Hold for one second, then slowly lower the leg. Do one set with your left leg, then switch and repeat with your right.
5. V Leg Pulls
Muscles worked: Outer thighs Equipment needed: exercise band
The outer thighs are usually cellulite prone, thus problem area for many women. Toning these muscles will not only help with cellulite but it will make you stronger and more stable.
When going through these moves, keep your back flat on the floor; be careful not arch your lower back or twist your torso. If balance is a problem, lie next to a chair and hold on to one of its legs for support.
- Tie an exercise band loosely around your ankles and lie on your back with your arms down at your sides. Extend both legs straight up directly above your hips, with your feet spread wide enough that the exercise band is slightly taut. Flex your feet.
- Part your legs slowly as far as you can. When the tension becomes too great to pull any farther, pause for two counts, then slowly close your legs back to the starting position.
6. Single leg lunge
Muscles worked: Glutes, quadriceps, and hamstrings Equipment: A strongly built chair or bench
This is one of the advanced exercises. You should practice the regular lunges to get comfortable with the movement before you choose this one. To make this move even more challenging, hold dumbbells down at your sides.
- 1. Stand about 2 feet in front of a strongly built chair or bench with your back to it. Bend your left knee and extend your left leg behind you, putting the top of your left foot on the seat of the chair. Keep your back straight, your head aligned with your spine, and your eyes facing forward.
- Slowly bend your right knee until it is parallel to the floor. Do not allow your right knee to pass over your toes. Pause, then rise back to the starting position. Do one set with your right leg, then switch and repeat with your left.