Best Leg Exercises to Firm Legs and Reduce Cellulite
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written by: Rochelle Connery • edited by: Cheryl Gabbert • updated: 7/15/2010

Forget cellulite creams and water binges. Your ticket to toned, firm legs is with good old-fashioned exercise. Whether due to genetics or lifestyle, you can improve the look of your legs using some of these exercises ever that you can do at home, around town or at the gym.

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    Sports Activities

    Is that jiggly, cottage cheese or orange peel skin getting you down? Get back to an active lifestyle to shed those extra pounds and improve the look of your skin around cellulite areas.

    Bicycling is one of the best leg exercises for cellulite. It works several areas of your legs, not just your upper thighs, for a well-rounded workout. But leisurely riding on the sidewalk outside your house isn't likely to produce visible results. Challenge your muscles with uphill bicycling or gravel roadways where your legs can't just coast along smoothly. Rocky ground and hilly areas force your legs to work nonstop, which rids your body of cellulite more quickly. Plus, your bottom will get a workout, too.

    Power walking is another sport you can do to reduce cellulite without the heavy impact of running or sprinting. Power walking gets your heart rate up and forces the blood to flow more quickly through your body. It also makes you thirsty, so have a large bottle of water handy to sip on as you walk.

    Swimming forces your legs to kick and push against the resistance of the water. So take a dip in a pool with enough length and depth to make swimming and treading water a challenge. Performing challenging exercises like the butterfly and front crawl will put your legs in overdrive and work your arms at the same time for a double-body workout.

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    Targeted Leg Exercises

    There's no doubt about it, cellulite is tough to get rid of. Don't be discouraged or upset if you find that doing sports activities alone doesn't produce the results you were hoping for. Use targeted leg exercises to work specific areas of your legs for better cellulite reduction.

    Squats are one of the best leg exercises for cellulite. You don't even need any equipment for this workout. Simply spread your legs shoulder-width apart and crouch down at the waist, using your upper thigh muscles to support you. Hold this position for one to three seconds, stand up straight, and repeat nine more times for a set of ten squats. Try to work up to three sets of ten squats each day.

    Lunges, while not necessarily kind to your knees, are also one of the best exercises for toning and firming the legs. You can either do walking lunges or stationary lunges. To begin, place one leg in front of you and one behind you, bending the leg in front to a 90 degree angle. Hold this position for one to two seconds and repeat with the other leg. Do a lunge on each leg ten times.

    Leg curls are also some of the best leg exercises and are best done with weight equipment. These will especially work your calves and the back of your thighs. Set the weight to a tolerable setting you can handle, such as 30 or 40 pounds. Finish ten curls with one leg and move on to the other leg for another ten. Work up to three sets of ten repetitions.


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