I am back with a fitness post today and trust me this formula is tried and tested! Lets rewind back to beginning of spring months ago, I was in an H&M Fitting room trying on some cute shorts. The site of my back legs in the mirror made me cringe in horror! Although my legs from the front didn’t look that bad there was definitely something scary going on the back. Now lets keep in mind some mirrors are harsher than other and H&M mirrors are definitely a bit crazy and to most of us what might look like a TERRIBLE situation on US might just be a minor issue from another person’s eye a.ka everyone else around me! It reminded me of all the times, I saw cute girls that had short skirts, dresses or shorts on and looked amazing from the front but from the back they needed alittle bit of more toning. I realized just like me they didnt realize what is going on back there. How often do we even get a chance to crane our necks and look back there? Despite whatever everyone else told about how it looked just fine I decided to fix the situation.
Anyway the next few months became a bit of a nightmare for me. I started to do whatever I could to get rid of the few lines of cellulite from the back of thighs. I knew I had gain 30 pounds in the last 4 yrs due to injuring my feet (Much needed weight for my body cause I was extremely underweight due to being overly active). A whole year was spent sitting on my butt not doing much let alone running! But I decided to run, I decided to continue cardio dancing. Then I added basketball and whatever else I could think of. Now for those of you who have been following my blog know that it was a wrong move. NEVER EVER ADD SOOOO MANY ACTIVITIES on your muscles at once. I ended up with lower leg tendonitis. Doctor told me kick running, exercising and whatever else I did to the curb for 1.5 months but he said “You can swim”.
Now I took a swim class years ago and it is something I am really bad at. I decided you know what I am going to limp myself to the pool and just deal with it. I started swimming every other day for atleast 25 to 30 minutes. I kid you not in a week my legs looked ALOT better. In about 2 weeks they were where my legs were with running for a month and a half. I was stunned. How can swimming work faster than running, playing basket ball and cardio dancing combined? Then I started looking into the benefits and realized duh but ofcourse it is a full body conditioning. Its an easy form of cardio where the water pressure works against your ENTIRE body and helping you to use all your muscles and toning them without even feeling tired. And I am not expert swimmer. I still struggle to the point where the lifegaurds are constantly giving me tips but I am not ashamed. As long as I am moving for half an hour doing breast stroke in the water, I am getting the work out that I need. YES YOU FEEL HUNGRY afterwards but just make sure not to devour burgers right after. Keep your food habits the same. An hour of swimming for a person who weighs 120 pounds will burn close to 700 calories! While most other gym exercises only work on the front. Swimming helps the back of legs and inner thighs where most of the cellulite hides.
I religiously swam half an hour every other day till about a month ago I got slammed with yet another “You can’t exercise for a week” issue. I had to get my wisdom tooth removed. Keeping all the activities that raise my blood pressure to a bare minimum. I went back to swimming on and off after that but with just 2 months of swimming my legs are now officially FLAWLESS! Ofcourse you do not get the muscle tone with swimming that you get running like bigger calf muscles and strong like horse legs but I will definitely say it is the first step towards getting rid of pesky cellulite. And once that is conquered you can do whatever else you want to turn your legs into tree stumps. Swimming is also a great exercise for those of us that can not do high impact foot work like running due to injuries. I don;t when I will return to running again but for now I know swimming has given me the rewards and results faster than anything else.
I also on and off maintained a seated cardio routine while I had tendonitis to maintain my waist and not let it grow out of control which has been of tremendous help as well. I will be sharing those cardio routines with you guys in the coming weeks. So for now hop into the pool and swim to a cellulite free life. If you maintain this routine up for a little while let me know how you like your results.