Cellulite Causes and Treatments

Cellulite Exercises

Exercise, combined with a nutritious diet, may help reduce the appearance of cellulite. It cannot rid the body of cellulite fat cells, but it can decrease fat that comes with weight gain. Weight gain tends to increase the appearance of cellulite, so decreasing fat could decrease cellulite's visibility.

Aerobic exercise combined with strength training helps decrease fat, build and tone muscle, and increase metabolism [source: Dowshen]. These actions can help to reduce the pressure on cellulite in the skin. Exercise is especially important for aging women who naturally lose muscle mass and whose metabolism naturally slows.

Complete aerobic exercises like running, biking or dancing for a total of at least three hours and 45 minutes per week. Include strength training in your workout at least twice per week [source: Mayo Clinic Fitness]. You could use weights, bands or machines and other training equipment to target cellulite-stricken areas. Or go prop free with squats, lunges, crunches and leg presses. For specific exercises, consult a trainer at your local gym.

Regardless of the reason for cellulite, decreasing overall body fat will help diminish the appearance of cellulite by removing the pressure that contributes to the problem. But what if you already exercise and aren't carrying around a lot of extra body fat? Or, what if you just want something to help before that weekend trip to the beach? Women in need of a quick fix sometimes turn to cellulite massage and other temporary treatments. On the next page, find out how cellulite massage works.