The number one question I get, when people hear that I am a personal trainer, isn’t about how to get stronger bones, toned muscles, more agility, better endurance, or even overall health – but about how to get rid of the dimpled uneven fat around their thighs. Cellulite.
Who cares how fast you can run or how great your balance is (unless there’s a zombie apocalypse) if you feel uncomfortable baring it all at the beach or poolside.
First of all, what is cellulite? According to wikipedia: Cellulite is the herniation of subcutaneous fat within fibrous connective tissue that manifests topographically as skin dimpling, often on the pelvic region (specifically the buttocks), lower limbs, and abdomen. Cellulite occurs in most post-pubescent females. A review gives a prevalence of 85%-98% of women, indicating that it is physiologic rather than pathologic. It can result from a complex combination of factors ranging from hormones to heredity.
So, basically everyone with an X chromosome (except the lucky 2%) has some form of cellulite.
If you’re a female that exercises regularly, is hydrated, and takes care of herself – what can you do?
Realize you are normal.
As women, we love to beat ourselves up, we can’t accept compliments, and we are trying to constantly fix our “flaws.”
Imagine if instead of focusing on a few dimples around your thigh, you instead focused on how far you’ve come since you began your fitness journey? On how much stronger you are, how much more energy you have, how much better your skin, nails, and hair look since you gave up fast food (or cut back, nobody’s perfect). I constantly remind my clients to imagine if they never started working out. No matter how slow the process is you should celebrate every progression.
Sometimes, it is a huge success and accomplishment simply to not have gained weight! (Especially during the holidays) That, in itself, is worth recognizing and celebrating.
My personal nemesis are double unders. Somehow, every girl learned how to jump rope correctly except for me. It took me almost a year to jump rope without doing a funky double jump for every one time the rope swung over. The first time I conquered double under I couldn’t believe it! I looked around the gym and nobody had noticed!! They were all too busy focusing on their own fitness challenges to notice mine.
What a concept.
Keep running, keep lifting weights, keep drinking water, and getting enough rest. What about all those creams that claim to instantly remove cellulite? Well, there is no such thing. I recommend to only use all natural argan oil is has organic oils that have moisturizing capabilities and definitely help your skin to look better. Use argan oil daily and accept that you are doing the best that you can and that is a victory.
I challenge all of the fierce females to celebrate or at least acknowledge every step forward on their fitness journey and not look back (literally and figuratively) at the insignificance of a few dimples.