How yoga exercises improve health and reduce cellulite
The dimpled look on out buttocks and thighs, known as cellulite, usually translates into many hours of efforts to remove it. It doesn't matter what shape or size you are, cellulite might target you anyway. There are a lot of anti cellulite products and anti cellulite treatments that promise us to reduce the time we spend with fighting cellulite but many of them have no scientific support.
It's true that for some of us, investing on anti cellulite creams and anti cellulite treatments is preferable than to invest some effort into changing our lifestyle, but truth be told, a healthy lifestyle is the only thing that's going to really sustain our efforts to have healthier and better looking skin.
A healthy lifestyle consisting of a proper diet and exercise, including yoga, has been shown to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Why do we have fat on our body?
Your body stores fat between your skin and muscles for the purpose of insulation and protection of your internal organs. With weight gain, an excess accumulation of fat is pushed through connective-tissue fiber strands.
The fat that is pushed has an uneven distribution or dimpled appearance that can be seen just below your skin's surface. This type of bumpy fat is known as cellulite.
Why does cellulite appear?
As mentioned in previous anti cellulite articles, there are several factors that contribute to the emergence of cellulite. The causes of cellulite include: genes, age, gender, hormonal imbalances, physical activity and stress.
Women are more prone to cellulite because of hormones and the tendency to store excess fat in the hip and thigh areas. Cellulite affects women of all shapes and sizes, not just overweight or obese individuals. Additional factors, such as decreased circulation, dehydration and metabolism, are a result of an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise.
Can you prevent cellulite? Is there a cure for cellulite?
Methods such as creams, massage and laser treatments claim to reduce the appearance of cellulite. There is no scientific evidence to support these claims. Reducing the amount of body fat has been shown to diminish the appearance of cellulite. Cardio exercise, especially high intensity cardio, increases metabolism, the rate at which your body burns calories. When combined with proper diet, the extra calories needed for energy are derived from stored body fat, reducing excess body fat. Exercising against resistance in the form of weights, body weight or gravity improves muscle tone and helps reduce body fat.
Yoga helps reduce cellulite
About the benefits of yoga on fat loss and reducing cellulite you cand read in the article on anti cellulite yoga exercises.
Yoga is a form of resistance exercise that increases muscle mass and improves muscle tone. Exercises consist of postures or poses placing your body in positions requiring muscular contractions against the resistance of your body weight or gravity. Lunging poses in a standing position strengthen your buttocks and thigh muscles.
What yoga exercises reduce cellulite
- Twisting poses stimulate your internal organs, aiding in digestion and the removal of waste products.
- Inverted poses improve fluid drainage and strengthen your circulatory system*
- Enhanced breathing improves the circulation of oxygen and nutrients to your body.
Health risks of yoga exercises
Of course, I'm just exaggerating, we can't exactly say that yoga is an unhealthy practice, but there are some things you need to consider before initiating it.
Yoga can improve your physical health. Improved muscle tone and decreased fat contribute to the reduction of cellulite when combined with cardio training and proper diet. Yoga, as a form of exercise, is challenging for previously inactive individuals. First-time participants should consult a physician before starting an exercise program.