Here is today’s Monday workout: Perfect Butt Lift! I’ve designed some brand new moves that will strengthen your hamstrings and shape up your backside. If you’ve ever been worried about how the back of your thighs look, the only way you can really smooth out the bumps of the cellulite is to work the hamstring, stretch the hamstring, exercise overall, and eat clean. There’s no topical cream that will get rid of that “cottage cheese.” Just like how you can’t put cream on your boobs to make them bigger. Sorry, I had to say it. I’ve seen ads for it and all I can do is shake my head. Be happy with your bodies! Enhance what you’ve got and don’t compare your beauty to someone else’s! You’re different!
Do you know what cellulite really is? It’s a collection of fat cells that push against the connective tissue under your skin. In women, the muscle fibers create a honeycomb style pattern so when fat increases in a certain area, that area will bulge – creating the cottage cheese effect. The muscle fibers in men are arranged in a crisscross pattern that prevents dimpling. Isn’t that wonderful? I remember my biology professor trying to explain cellulite in another way too. He told us to imagine our muscle fibers as a bunch of rubber bands stretched out. If we push lard up against the back of the rubber bands, some will pop through, which represents the increase of fat in your body. The lard that gets through is the lumping you see on your hips and thighs if you have cellulite.
So the only way to get rid of cellulite is by decreasing the amount of fat in your body. You can do this naturally through diet and exercise. You do not have to go to the extremes of liposuction or other medical procedures. Your genes and your age also affect how visible your cellulite is.
And just a note on topical creams. Some claim to reduce the visibility of cellulite, but if you think about it, how does a cream that goes on your superficial body help get rid of fat internally. Well, the answer is simple. It doesn’t. What it does is remove moisture from the skin and makes the skin become firmer temporarily. This reduces the appearance of cellulite but in NO WAY gets rid of it. It’s like wearing a corset to get abs. Umm no.
Listen up, you are never “doomed” to look a certain way. You can work for the body and the strength you desire, and you will get it as long as you keep trying. The most important thing is to be real with yourself and love what you’ve got.
Lemme know in the comments below what “problem area” makes you feel most self-conscious and we can talk more about how to deal with them here.
Love you and have a FANTASTIC start to your week. Go accomplish amazing things.
PPS…You can get the POP Pilates Power Ring here or just use a small ball, balloon, or pillow to sub!