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Do Workouts Make Cellulite Worse at First?

author image Lora Mays
Lora Mays is a RRCA-certified running coach. She has been running for more than 15 years and coaching since 2010. She has published articles on Plum Deluxe and in "Variance Magazine," among other publications. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts in professional strategic communications from the University of Minnesota.
Do Workouts Make Cellulite Worse at First?
It's estimated that up to 90 percent of women experience issues with cellulite. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images

Cellulite, which is fat stored in pockets just below the skin, gives the body a dimpled surface. Studies have shown that exercise provides the most long-term benefit in efforts to minimize the appearance of cellulite, even though it sometimes may briefly be more apparent immediately following a workout,

Working Out and Cellulite

Do Workouts Make Cellulite Worse at First?
Experts recommend drinking 1 ounce of water for every 2 pounds of body weight daily. Photo Credit Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images

A study by Dr. Wayne Wescott found that a balance of strength training and cardio exercise can reduce the appearance of cellulite. If your cellulite looks worse after working out, it could be due to another factor, such as dehydration. When you are dehydrated, fat cells rise to the top of your skin. This creates the dimpled appearance. Drinking plenty of water while avoiding caffeinated drinks, taking an antioxidant and consuming a diet with healthy fats will help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

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