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20 Dec 2004

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Hi - I am relatively fit and go to gym at least 4 times a week combining both strength training and cardio. I am 40 years old, and have a BMI of 22. My usual work out is as follows: Monday & Wednesday 45 min run on treadmill, 15 minutes on rowing machine and then some sit ups. Tuesday & Thursdays I do general circuit and a 20 min cycle (stationery bike).

My problem is trying to tackle cellulite - I am not overweight, and would like some advice on the best exercise to combat/improve the cellulite.

I do also follow a fairly healthy diet (sometimes eat a bit of junk food, but not often) and drink a fair amount of water, but nothing seems to help? I am becoming very self conscious about it and dont even want to go out and swim.

Please help!
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Tracy

It's going to seem like a very lukewarm answer, but the best thing for cellulite is to continue doing what you are already doing. You have it pretty close to ideal already. The cardiovascular exercise is vital as far as the exercise goes. Remember that cellulite is nothing more than excess fat tissue stored beneath the skin, and so in theory, any exercise that burns fat combats cellulilte. OK, so it's not as simple as this practically speaking, but it is the general idea. The only thing that I can suggest as far as the exercise goes is to increase the intensity of what you are doing. So, for example, if you are doing 45 minutes a certain pace, if you were to then add in a few 'intervals' at a faster pace (say for example, that you do 5 minutes at your normal pace, 2 minutes at a faster pace) this increase in overall intensity is quite beneficial from a weight loss point of view. That is the one simple change you can make to the training right away.

Also, diet is vital. I know that you say it is healthy, but I always think that it is best to know for sure, because there are many small things that can make the difference and when in doubt, it's best to see a dietician about it.

Good luck
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