Many women avoid wearing bathing suits and therefore avoid swimming, beaches and other fun activities. The common reason why a lot of women will avoid having fun in their swimwear is often cellulite. What frustrates a lot of women about cellulite is that it can be very hard to get rid of.
Some women will lose weight and exercise and still find that the cellulite is still there. Others will try “miracle creams” and treatments and still find that that stubborn cellulite is still there.
If you have begun to lose hope, don’t! The good news is that there is something you can do to eliminate those unwanted lumps and bumps.
70% of cellulite is caused by lifestyle; 30% is genetic. So, what does that mean? Well, it’s going to take a balance of good nutrition in addition to exercise. Keep in mind that a great butt workout is only part of the picture. Eating right is important, too because no one will see those fabulous glute muscles if they’re hidden underneath excess pounds. A diet consisting of whole, less-processed foods, lean protein, and complex carbohydrates — which is also low in sugar and saturated fat — can help build lean muscle.
For cardio, walking hills is a great butt workout. At the gym or home, use a 5% to 7% incline grade on your treadmill. Climbing stairs is another great choice for working the glutes. Find a stadium, or use a stair machine, elliptical, or arc trainer to help define the b*utt.
After working up a sweat, try these six butt-busting strength exercises (aiming for three sets of 10 to 15 repetitions of each):
1. Squats. One of the best exercises you can do for your butt, hips, and thighs is the squat. Stand with feet parallel and shoulder-width apart. Slowly lower your hips, making sure not to let your knees go out past your toes. Variations are endless and for an advanced version, progress to squat jumps (each time you come out of the squat, leap off the ground).
2. Lunges. Beginning with your feet parallel and hip-distance apart, take a giant step forward or backward. Slowly lower your body, bending both knees. Bend your knees no farther than 90 degrees, keeping your front knee aligned over your front ankle. Step together and repeat. Alternate legs or do all sets on one leg and then switch for a greater challenge. Beginners should stay in the lunge and just lower and lift by bending the knees.