Cellulite is that dimpled or cottage-cheese appearance on the skin, caused by pockets of fat beneath the surface of the skin and common to the back of the upper arms, the buttocks and thighs. However, some women find the aggravating stuff not only on the front of the thighs, but over the knees as well, a very difficult location to work without causing stress to the knee joints. However, you can get rid of stubborn cellulite around the knees by following a few steps that won't damage the joints.
Reduce the appearance of cellulite by engaging in daily exercise. Exercising, no matter which form it takes, helps reduce the amount of fat stored beneath the skin and encourages the development of lean muscle mass. Exercising doesn't mean you'll bulk up unless you engage in heavy-duty weight lifting. For all around health benefits, aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, doing the things you love, such as walking, riding your bike, playing tennis or any other active activity.
Focus on working the area around the knees to help reduce amount of cellulite in that area. Try seated leg lifts. Sit in a chair, back straight and feet on the floor. Holding onto the sides or bottom of the chair and pressing the knees together, lift both feet off the floor in an upward motion until they are at hip level, or pointing out straight. Hold and tighten and then release. You can do this exercise quickly or slowly, but focus on tightening the thigh muscles. Don't lock the knees at the top of the move. After you feel stronger, add light ankle weights to the ankles before doing this exercise. Start with between 15 and 20 knee lifts to start.
Sit with your back against a wall, buttocks on the floor and the bottoms of the feet pressing together. Yes, you'll look sort of like a frog. Clasp your hands around your ankles. Exhaling, consciously press your knees toward the floor and hold the position for several seconds, then relax and return to the starting position. This is not an especially difficult move, but it offers wonderful benefits.
Climb stairs or use an aerobic step to work the muscles around the knees. You don't have to climb the Empire State building, just go up and down one step between 10 to 15 times to start. You can really feel this in the lower portion of the thigh and around the knees. If you feel pain or discomfort, stop. Start slow and increase time or repetitions as you gain strength in the knees.