Cottage cheese should only be a reference for the actual food. No woman should ever have to worry about her thighs looking like the dimpled, lumpy food. Unfortunately it happens — even to the most avid exercisers and dieters. In fact, 90 percent of women suffer this condition in industrial nations.
So, let’s first look at the cause to understand the solution. According to The Scientific American, cellulite occurs as women approach menopause and their estrogen levels decrease. This usually occurs around ages 25 to 35.
As the estrogen decreases, so does your circulation. With less oxygen and nutrients, the collagen production levels decrease and the fat cells increase. When they begin to push through the thinning layer of collagen, they produce the bumpy look known as “cellulite.
” However, as a society we have become more sedentary. Cellulite didn’t become a cultural issue, noted in publications, researched on until the 70s and 80s.
While the root of the problem is much more complex than a simple active lifestyle (check out “The Cellulite Cure” by osteopathic physician Lionel Bissoon), keeping your circulation at its optimum is easier to fix with exercise. Here are 5 moves aimed at tightening the thighs, saddlebags and glutes.
1. Plie Squat: Rather than standing with your feet hip width apart and your toes forward, scoot your legs out a little wider and point each toe to the adjacent wall: left toes toward the left wall, right toes toward the right wall. Keep the same posture and technique as a regular squat.
But, when you push back up to standing position, squeeze your inner thighs. Try to tuck your butt inwards and give a little pelvic thrust at the top to make sure you are targeting your inner thighs and outer thighs.