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Does the Stairmaster Help Reduce Cellulite?

author image Lisa M. Wolfe
A mother of two and passionate fitness presenter, Lisa M. Wolfe had her first fitness article published in 2001. She is the author of six fitness books and holds an Associate of Arts in exercise science from Oakland Community College. When not writing, Wolfe is hula-hooping, kayaking, walking or cycling.
Does the Stairmaster Help Reduce Cellulite?
Say goodbye to cellulite with Stairmaster exercise. Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Hearing the pretty-sounding word cellulite usually brings a negative reaction. Cellulite is something to get rid of and exercise is the way to do it. Exercise on the Stairmaster helps to reduce cellulite and works better when combined with a healthy diet. While you can't spot reduce, you can lessen the appearance of these bumpy fat-storages.

Not Your Grandma's Legs

Cellulite is fat. No other way to say it. Cellulite is fat stored in a honeycomb shape that you can see beneath the skin. Unfortunately, genetics plays a large part in whether you see fat as cellulite on your body. You can't change that, but you can lessen the appearance by reducing the amount of fat stored in your body.

Step it Up

The Stairmaster is a stationary exercise machine that mimics stair climbing. Your feet do not leave the pedals, but your legs move up and down as if ascending a flight of stairs. This movement is performed at a quick pace which elevates your heart rate and burns fat as fuel. Fat is your endurance energy, so it allows you to perform the Stairmaster for 20 to 60 minutes at a time. According to Tufts Medical Center, if you weigh 135 pounds, you burn approximately 245 calories in 30 minutes of stair stepping.

Let Me Tell You

You cannot tell your body from where to burn those fat calories. It uses fat from stores on your arms, legs and torso. The area you see the cellulite might not be the first place your body goes to for fat-fuel, but be patient and you will see results. The dedication to your Stairmaster routine will lessen your fat stores, which reduces the appearance of cellulite from all over your body.

Firm It Up

The Stairmaster uses your lower body to push down on the pedals and mimic the stair climbing motion. The resistance level you choose tones the muscles of your butt and legs. The more muscle tissue you have, the more calories your body uses, which can keep fat stores reduced. Also, tight muscles lessen the dimpled look of cellulite.

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