Have Cellulite? The Water Can Help
If you have cellulite, you’re not alone. About 90 percent of people have it, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it can crop up on anyone’s body — regardless of shape or size. However, if you’re interested in losing some of your cellulite, read on. The water is your friend.
Cellulite — which is the technical term for the lumps and bumps on your legs, butt and other areas — mostly affects women, and is caused by fat cells protruding into the top layer of the skin. It’s normal.
While cellulite is caused largely by age, hormones and genetics — it’s also caused by circulation issues, according to Medical News Today. When our bodies don’t get enough proper circulation by movement, we get less oxygen. This causes a drastic drop in collagen production, which can cause skin thinning and a loss of elasticity — especially in our thighs. In short, collagen is your friend — and you don’t want to lose it.
Water has been known to sculpt, slim and smooth your thighs — and that’s why so many people love it.
A key reason why water is the enemy of cellulite is this: When you get into the pool, you’re increasing your circulation, which can help let that oxygen flow into body parts that need it.
More so, popping into a pool, a hydrotherapy tub or taking an AQUA class helps to tone your legs, reduce body fat and sculpt muscles — all of which can help reduce dimpling in the skin, according to Healthline.
Combined with the low impact of the water, you get an extra intense workout without any of the injury afterward.
Of course, lymphatic drainage — one of the main perks of the AQUA workout — can contribute to increased circulation and smoother skin as well.
Beauty gurus and doctors alike swear by lymphatic drainage as a way of reducing cellulite, and that’s because the drainage can actually help to reduce toxins and move fat cells.
But there are more perks! If you’ve got varicose veins, the water can help reduce the appearance of those as well. According to the Advanced Vein & Vascular Center, water workouts can, “shrink swollen vessels that have already appeared. If you have not developed any varicose veins yet, swimming may help to keep those swollen veins at bay.” The center notes that both swimming and aqua exercises of all sorts can help with veins and leg smoothness.
So the next time you’re sweating through POWER class or running against the current in AQUACIRCUIT, remember that the water is massaging, strengthening and toning your legs — all of which can help reduce those lumps and bumps