Say goodbye to dimpling and Blast Cellulite with these easy exercises !
Dimples on your cheeks are cute. But dimples on your butt cheeks—not so much. Sadly, cellulite spares few women. By some estimates, 98 percent of us develop these stubborn lumps and bumps in unfortunate places like our tummies and thighs. Recent research suggests the cause is a structural breakdown triggered by reduced circulation.
In areas of your body where bloodflow is lacking—for example, your butt, if you sit for a large part of the day—there’s also a shortage of oxygen, which can trigger inflammation and fibrosis, or internal scarring. “When your skin starts puckering, the surrounding muscles may shrink from inactivity and you can start to see that saggy, cellulite-y skin,” says personal trainer Lauren Roxburgh, an expert in self-myofascial release.
But there’s hope, and it may come in the form of a simple exercise tool: the foam roller. A foam roller is an inexpensive length of, typically, closed cell foam that’s six to nine inches in diameter and anywhere from a foot to four feet long. You guide your body over the roller back and forth, essentially giving yourself a deep tissue massage. Foam-rolling therapy is technically called self-myofascial release, and it works by alleviating adhesions or “knots” in soft tissue to restore elasticity and muscle motion.
“Foam rolling gives you more circulation, more oxygenated blood,” says Roxburgh. “It’s getting rid of congestion in the body.” And it’s one way exercise can help smooth out and blast cellulite…SEE MORE