Fitness walking, the ultimate anti-cellulite sport

The no. 1 beauty gripe amongst women, cellulite often prevents women from feeling good about their bodies. This residual fatty layer which tends to develop at the top of the thighs needn't be permanent and can be combatted in a very natural way. Find out how fitness walking can help you to tone your body thanks to its anti-cellulite effects.


What is cellulite?

Cellulite is a fatty layer which tends to collect at the top of the thighs and can be unsightly in certain areas of the leg: it is the famous 'orange peel' effect.

Several factors are responsible for its formation, including:

• poor blood circulation;

• lack of muscle tone;

excess weight;

• genetics or hormonal imbalances.

Guess the common denominator for the first 3 elements: sedentary lifestyle. So, if you want to tackle cellulite, get moving! Get back into sport gently by practising an easy, complete, endurance activity. Fitness walking has all these advantages!

How does fitness walking combat cellulite?

Counteracting cellulite first requires improved blood circulation.

In order to improve this, you should practise a dynamic sport such as fitness walking. Sports such as running or static sports require intense effort over short periods and are not as effective at stimulating blood circulation.

Another advantage of fitness walking: it simultaneously works all the muscles in your body. You will burn calories and thus limit the storage of fat around the muscles of your legs and thighs. Your legs and thighs will become more slender as you progress.

"This is no myth," explains Dr Bacquaert, sports medicine and health consultant. "Fitness walking fights cellulite because practising this sport has a positive effect on blood circulation, whilst also providing excellent exercise and toning our muscles!"

Your anti-cellulite strategy before and after fitness walking

To maximise your anti-cellulite campaign, adopt a healthy diet which reduces the production and storage of fat.

Practise fitness walking regularly with sessions of over 30 minutes. After this length of time, you will enter into an endurance phase: your body will start to draw on its reserves of fat. Your muscles will lengthen and become more firm and the areas of cellulite will reduce.

To stay motivated in the long term, plan walking session among friends. You will all benefit from a moment of relaxation with bonus health benefits.