Swimming, a formidable sport against cellulite!


At the risk of surprising you, Most adult women have cellulite – regardless of their body size. Concretely, this results in a bumpy or dimpled appearance of the skin of the thighs, buttocks, arms or stomach, which is often compared to the texture of the skin of an orange. As Latif Diouane, head of the health service of the French Swimming Federation (FFN), explains to us, swimming can indeed help reduce the appearance of cellulite by toning muscles, improving blood circulation and burning calories, but it doesn't make it disappear completely!

Reminder: where does cellulite come from?

Let's be clear: cellulite can be considered unsightly and affect self-confidence, but it is not harmful to our health ! It is characterized by the appearance of dimpling, small bumps under the skin, generally on the thighs, buttocks, hips, and sometimes the arms and abdomen. In question ? A accumulation of subcutaneous fatcombined with water retention and inflammation of connective tissues.

Women are unfortunately more likely to develop cellulite, particularly due to the distribution of their body fat and the hormonal changes they face throughout their lives (notably those associated with puberty, pregnancy or childbearing). menopause). Moreover, age, geneticslack of physical activity, an unbalanced diet, smoking or even stress can increase the prevalence of cellulite.

There are many treatment options today to prevent its occurrence or reduce its appearance, ranging from anti-cellulite creams to toning massages to more invasive medical procedures. However, their effectiveness can vary depending on many factors and it is sometimes more interesting to take up sport which also has many benefits for our overall health. This is where swimming comes in!

Anti-cellulite sport: does swimming really reduce cellulite?

Swimming is often recommended to reduce the appearance of cellulite… Rightly so!

Cardiovascular strengthening

Swimming intensely stimulates our cardiovascular system, which helps burn more calories and reduce body fat. And by reducing the amount of fat stored under the skinwe partially reduce the appearance of cellulite, assures Latif Diouane.

Muscle strengthening

Swimming uses almost all of our muscles which must provide considerable efforts to counter water resistance. Over time, we tone the muscles in our arms, legs, back and abdominal muscles, which helps firm the skin and can slightly reduce cellulite.

Furthermore, the increase in muscle mass allows to stimulate our metabolism and accentuate the elimination of calories.

Better blood circulation

As you probably know, swimming stimulates blood circulation, which contributes to limit water retention and to remove toxins from tissues, thus helping to reduce the inflammation associated with cellulite. “When we swim, the water massages our skin, which stimulates our blood circulation and encourages lymphatic drainage,” confirms Latif Diouane. So many key elements that help fight cellulite!

Swimming helps reduce the appearance of cellulite, but it does not make it disappear completely… In other words, there is no miracle solution to get rid of cellulite for life. The sooner you accept it, the more you feel good about yourself! Latif Diouane.

The importance of a healthy lifestyle at the same time

A healthy lifestyle can play a crucial role in reducing cellulite. As indicated at the beginning of the article, cellulite is often associated with genetic and hormonal factors, but good lifestyle habits can help reduce its appearance and prevent its formation:

  • Eat a balanced diet and varied rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains.
  • Drink enough water to ensure the hydration of your cells and limit the appearance of cellulite.
  • Practice daily physical activity alongside swimming. Ideally, achieve Also targeted strength training exercises on areas prone to cellulite.
  • Avoid tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption which can damage the skin and worsen the appearance of cellulite.
  • Learn to manage your stress to fight against fat accumulation and water retention likely to accentuate cellulite.
  • Take care of your skin using moisturizing creams to make your skin smoother and firmer.
  • If necessary, you can also use specific treatments such as massages, cryolipolysis sessions, radiofrequencies, etc.

Breaststroke, crawl, butterfly… What type of swimming promotes the elimination of cellulite?

No need to know how to swim the butterfly perfectly to obtain results: all types of swimming can be beneficial and help reduce the appearance of cellulite, assures Latif Diouane. The breaststrokefront crawl, backstroke and butterfly All four allow you to move in the water, strengthen your cardio and your muscle mass!

“To reduce the appearance of cellulite through swimming, you have to swim regularly and alternate swimming to engage all muscle groups and maximize the benefits for toning and fat reduction,” advises the expert. And added: “Listen to your body and be careful of overtraining which increases the risk of injury! “.

What are the best pool exercises to get rid of cellulite?

Difficult to answer this question… Ideally, contact a coach to benefit from a swimming program adapted to your physical condition, your state of health and your objectives. You can sometimes alternate swimming styles at different intensities, sometimes use accessories like of the flippersa board or a pull-buoy to perform specific exercises such as undulations, kicks or breaststrokes which will mobilize your lower body more intensely and will remove your cellulite. And if the cellulite is concentrated on your arms, notify your coach who will adapt the exercises to mobilize your upper body instead.

Swimming pool: after how long do we see results (on the arms, stomach, thighs, etc.)?

You guessed it, the results are not visible from the first swimming session… The time limit may vary depending on the duration and frequency of exercise, training intensity, diet and parallel hydration, but also individual factors such as age, gender, genetics, physical condition, etc. “The longer and more frequently you swim, the more likely you are to see results more quickly,” confirms Latif Diouane. The right rhythm? Two to three workouts per weekfor 30 to 45 minutes per session.

In summary, swimming is not a magic bullet for cellulite, but it does help reduce its appearance and improve skin texture. Combined with a balanced diet and other forms of exercise, it fits perfectly into an overall program to combat cellulite!

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