With holidays around the corner, some women may start to feel a little conscious about their body and one issue that often comes up in conversation is: how do I get rid of my cellulite?
First, relax, cellulite is very common and sometimes it is noticeable only with certain lighting. As a health & wellness coach, I am all for creating beauty from within, so you can get that “glow” thanks to being healthy & happy.
Poor dietary choices
Too much coffee, alcohol, added salt, and lack of fresh fruits and vegetables, may contribute to this unsightly problem. A healthier and balanced diet, with less alcohol and more anti-inflammatory foods, is a good place to start.
Try to include lots of fresh salads with some lean proteins and reduce alcohol and caffeine. In particular vegetables like cucumber and watermelon are rich in water and electrolytes and can support your body’s natural detoxification system.
Bad blood circulation.
Standing or sitting for many hours at work or on the couch does have a negative effect on our blood circulation. If you tend to have slightly swollen legs or ankles, broken capillaries, or a familiar tendency towards varicose veins, improving your circulation can be beneficial.
A combination of movement breaks, Pilates exercises and massage can help.
A sluggish lymphatic system
The lymphatic system is designated to take away the toxins that are the bio-product of cellular activity. It doesn’t have any valve to help with its fluidity, but it relies heavily on muscles and movement to do its job.
Similarly getting some movement, massage, exercise and stretching can all help.
Female hormonal balance is easily disrupted. Too much stress for example can lead to eosterogen dominance which can result in more bloating or weight Contraception, pregnancies, and general hormonal imbalances can all contribute. Stress a fatigued liver or an unhealthy gut may also contribute to hormonal imbalances.
Lack of muscle tone
A lack of muscle tone in critical areas like glutes, hips, upper thighs, and above the knees, can greatly contribute to the problem. An exercise routine that can target those specific areas, is obviously beneficial.
Pilates for example can really help tone up the area around the hips and inner thighs without bulking up. It can also help with improving blood & lymph circulation if you follow a specific routine.
Stress and chronic lack of good quality sleep, are disruptive of a good overall body functioning. They can also be hormone disruptive, and contribute to inflammation and non-optimal muscle recovery.
Learn more about the benefits of Pilates for women over 40s here
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Claudia is a health coach and international wellness expert. She helps her clients reconnect with their bodies and create more balance in their lives.