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Exercises to Lose Cellulite on Thighs

By S.F. Heron

Toss out the bottles of magic creams, lotions and gadgets that will miraculously remove the cottage cheese cellulite from your thighs. Put away the checkbook that you pulled out to pay for the expensive liposuction surgery to remove the dollops of fat on your thighs. Good old exercise can reduce or remove cellulite with hard work and commitment. A host of exercises exist to attack these lumpy fat deposits on your thighs. Let's look at exercises to lose cellulite on thighs.

Cellulite Facts

Cellulite shows as lumpy bumps and dimples on the body. These unsightly fat deposits can appear on the thighs, buttocks, hips, breasts and arms. According to the Mayo Clinic, cellulite occurs when tiny fat deposits bust through surrounding tissue to lie just beneath the surface of the skin. The American Skincare and Cellulite Expert Association states that cellulite forms in the topmost of three fat layers underneath the skin. Hormones control fat storage in this layer, called the subcutaneous fat layer.


Water retention, poor circulation, stress and high hormone levels can cause connective tissue to separate, allowing cellulite to poke through. You can combat cellulite by remedying your diet, by water consumption and by exercising more. Using a multipronged approach to combat these lumpy fat deposits offers you the best method for success. Aging also plays a role in the loss of elasticity in connective tissue that can lead to the appearance of cellulite.


Exercises to lose cellulite on thighs begin with a regular cardiovascular workout. Find an activity that you enjoy and get working. Dancing, walking, running and riding a bike offer great options to toning your thighs. Remember that your aim is to reduce the fat above your muscles to allow your toned physique to shine through. Visit the gym and use the stair-climber, elliptical or treadmill if exercising outside isn't an option. Any physical activity will help combat cellulite and encourage you to get motivated to move away from a sedentary lifestyle.

Target Exercises

Some thigh targeting moves should be added to the end of every workout to help combat cellulite. Squats work the hamstrings (back of thighs) and quadriceps (front of thighs). Perform squats routinely to see excellent results as well as the added benefit of getting a toned butt. Lunges also tone the thighs to help remove cellulite. You won't see the beneficial effects of target exercise unless you burn fat off first. Combine these moves with a good aerobic workout for at least 1/2 hour, three to four times each week, to see noticeable results.

Strength Training

Pilates and yoga focus on entire-body wellness and flexibility and strength training, and provide an excellent option for targeting cellulite on the thighs. Weight training, resistance bands and exercise balls also offer great options for strength workouts for variety. Focus on working the thighs in particular to strengthen the underlying muscle. Consult with a personal trainer at your local gym for recommendations on the best machines to use to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

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