Despite being strong, fit and fairly lean, I, like many women my age (47 next month) and younger, have cellulite on the back on my legs. (There, I’ve said it)
For much of the year, I forget about it. (How often do you actually see the back of your own thighs?)
It doesn’t affect my day-to-day life. My legs are strong and get me through many classes and workouts each week. My kids could care less (as long as I can walk and bike and kayak with them). My husband still thinks I look hot (TMI? Sorry 😉 )
I wear form-fitting exercise clothes in public and don’t worry about what I look like at all. (Perhaps I should care more? Especially those days when I’ve gone directly from teaching group fitness, training clients in the gym and getting my own workout done to grocery shopping and after school pickup, all without fixing my droopy pony-tail or re-applying deodorant…).
I’m even comfortable wearing a bikini at the beach and the local pool (bathing suits are a great equalizer when everyone’s wearing them).
The only time I give it a second thought is when the weather suddenly warms up and the aerobics studio becomes too hot to wear capris during class.
Because I teach a good portion of my classes facing the mirror and typically have 30 to 36 pairs of eyes watching my every move, I’m very self-conscious about wearing shorts when I teach.
Silly, I know; given that most of my class participants are probably paying more attention to their workout than my legs.
Because I know how ridiculous I’m being (and that comfort during a workout is much more important than fashion and bodily insecurities), I’ve pulled out my copy of Ultimate Booty Workouts to remind myself that since there’s no scientifically-based cure for it (despite the daily onslaught of ads to the contrary in my Facebook feed…), completely unworthy of my attention.
Sure, you can reduce it’s appearance by adopting a fit, healthy lifestyle (exercise to build muscle and burn fat, increase hydration and eliminate sugars and processed foods), but even women with body fat percentages in the lower teens may still have visible cellulite due to the structure of the collagen fibres in their connective tissue and the prevalence of fat-binding receptors in their lower bodies.
To quote myself 😉
Cellulite is caused by “herniation” of the fat within the body’s fibrous connective tissues. Essentially, it’s fat that has escaped the tissues that normally contain it…It’s partly genetic, meaning that if your mother had noticeable cellulite, chances are you will as well. But it’s also affected by hormones, nutrition, and exercise… [Cellulite can, however, be made] less noticeably by reducing overall body fat and “plumping” up the underlying muscle via strength training. Flattering clothing and a bit of a tan can help too.
Armed with the above information, an increased motivation to stay away from sugar and processed foods, a brand new strength training program (stay tuned for news as to how you can join my monthly online training group) and much support from my friends and colleagues in the health and fitness community (check out Girls Gone Sporty’s ‘Bikini body link-up’), I’ll be “turning the other cheek” and sporting a pair of leg-baring workout bottoms in class.
Just as soon as it warms up. I promise.
Do you pay any attention to the back of your group fitness instructor’s legs?
What’s your favourite “cellulite cure”? Body wraps? Electronic vibration machines? Plant stem cell creams?