4 exercises to singe stubborn cellulite

Are you sick of your cellulite? Dimples are only cute when they’re on the right set of cheeks. For those stuck with stubborn stomach, tush, or thigh dimples, concealing their crater-like appearance can be challenging.

The truth is, there is no way to completely eliminate cellulite. No amount of pricey potions, lotions, or serums will work to de-divot your derriere. That’s because cellulite lives below the skin’s surface. Here you’ll find layers of connective tissue and fat. Factors like diet, exercise, smoking, drinking, genetics, gender (females are more prone to cellulite than men), and age-related hormone fluctuations, can compromise the structure of these tissues. When this happens, fat deposits can push through connective tissue causing a puckered pattern of cellulite.

Exercise, in addition to a healthy diet, is the best and safest way to reduce body fat and cellulite. So rather than waste your money and time on expensive, ineffective products, fight lumpy looking skin with a metabolism boosting workout. Try this fat-frying routine:

For best results, repeat three times.

Shake a leg

  • Stand with the feet hip width apart, shoulders back, and gaze forward.

  • Take a diagonal step back with the right leg and lower the body into a lunge. Remember to keep your body weight in the front heel with the front knee over the ankle and back knee under the hip.

  • Now push through the left heel and step across in the same way, landing with the right leg in front. Repeat 20 times in total.


Captain crunches

  • Begin by standing with the feet shoulder width apart. Keep your body weight in the heels as you hinge back at the hips and lower into a squat.

  • Simultaneously push up through the heels lifting the body and the right leg as the arms come down around the leg. Squeeze the abs for two counts then release the arms and leg back to the starting stance. Repeat on the opposite leg. Continue this alternating squat/crunch sequence for 20 reps.

Speed skater

  • Set a stopwatch for 30 seconds. Stand tall and bring the right leg diagonally behind the body.

  • Push off your left leg and explosively jump to the right. Use your arms for momentum.

  • Now jump off the right foot landing on the ball of your left foot. Stay low as you continue jumping back-and-forth.


Off the wall

  • Start by leaning your back against a sturdy wall.

  • Walk your feet out and lower the body until the knees are bent at a 90 degree angle. Keep your body weight in your heels and your back flat against the wall.

  • Once you feel steady and balanced, extend the right leg and left arm out in front of the body. Hold for two counts then switch sides. Repeat 10 times.

The focus of every fitness plan should be getting healthier and stronger. Sizzling stubborn cellulite in the meantime is an added bonus.

This article originally appeared on Philly.com