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24 Feb 2004

Toning body
I am a 29 year old lady, my problem is my legs looks like bottle and have a little cellulite and my knees are also bigger than my body. I also have cellulite on my buttocks and I have noticed this since I was a teenager. My upper body is very slim, so when I gym, I tend to lose weigh even at the places which I dont want to. How do I tone my legs, lose the fat on my knees and get rit of the cellulite on my buttocks?
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01 Jan 0001

Hi There

Much of the body’s fat is stored beneath the skin, where strands of connective fibre separate fat cells into compartments. When the cells increase in size, they bulge out of these compartments, giving the skin a crosshatched appearance in some individuals. It's more apparent in women because they have thinner skin and their fibres are taut, especially in the back of the thigh. The less total body fat you have, the lower your chance of having cellulite. Cellulite also has a large genetic influence, which determines the strength of the connective fibres and the thickness of the skin. People who have it are not likely to get rid of it completely.

Special creams, brushes, lotions, rubdowns or rubber pants won’t get rid of cellulite. Instead cellulite should be treated as any other fat – by following a regimen of proper diet and regular aerobic exercise.

In terms of exercise - try to get into a regular exercise routine of cardio exercise (brisk walking, cycling, rowing, swimming, stepping etc) at least 3-5 times per week for 30 - 45 minutes. Do these at a moderate intensity, that allows you to exercise for 45 minutes, without feeling completely exhausted afterwards. You should feel that your breating, heart rate and metabolic rate are elevated when you finish.

You can also include some strengthening and toning exercises - like a toning circuit at the gym or some body weight exercises that you can do at home such as squats and lunges. The exercises that you do will depend on whether you have access to a gym or you do body weight exercises at home. I would suggest you have a look at the 'Zone-in-on' section of the Health 24 website (www.health24.co.za). You can find this section under 'Fitness', and then just click on the image that shows the areas you want to work on, and you will be able to see the exercises relevant to you.

Lastly, you must be very patient and just keep at it - the results take time and will happen slowly, but if you are consistent and maintain a programme for at least a year, you will see results.

Good luck
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
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