Is there an answer for cellulite after 50?

Is it inevitable that you get cellulite and you’re stuck with it? No and no.

However, cellulite does not discriminate and it can find anyone. Athletes, couch potatoes, clean eaters and junk food lovers alike can get cellulite. But you might have a bigger buffer between you and cellulite the more fit you are and the cleaner you eat.

Your best cellulite solutions begin with specific kinds of exercises included in my cellulite attack plan…

Cellulite attack plan

Per my video, if you’re not weight training, start. If you’re already weight training, you just need to tweak your routine slightly. And follow this four-step system as if your cellulite depends on it 2-3 times a week for 8 weeks:

  1. Cardiovascular exercise or a warm up
  2. Resistance training exercises that target trouble spots
  3. Foam rolling or myofascial release (see my instructional video below)
  4. Stretching specific muscles in the troubled area.

Common cellulite questions

I never had cellulite before, is it just a part of getting older?

Aging skin and the breakdown of collagen contributes to cellulite formation. You’re skin thins as you age so cellulite shows through. To reduce the risk and amount of cellulite in your body take great care of your skin and remember this cardinal rule: stay out of the sun.

There’s also the fascia factor. Lying under the skin and under the topical layer of fat, fascia tends to get more rigid and have more cross sections of fibers in women than in men whose fascia is more linear. The connective tissue between that fascia and our skin also gets pulled easier and those three things add up to more visible signs of cellulite.

My mother had cellulite too! Am I doomed or is it just something I’ve got to live with?

Certainly genetics play a part. I wouldn’t have a job if that were the only influence however. You can improve the shape of the muscle underlying fat and hydrate the fascia, and both will reduce the appearance of cellulite.

And don’t forget to stick to your four-step cellulite attack plan!

Debra Atkinson

By Debra Atkinson

Debra Atkinson Is the founder of the Flipping 50 movement and host of the Flipping 50 podcast and TV show available on your iphone, ipad, and Apple TV. She is the author of four books including You Still Got It, Girl! The After 50 Fitness Formula For Women and Navigating Fitness After 50: Your GPS For Choosing Programs and Professionals You Can Trust.

Debra is a contributing blogger on the Huffington Post, ShareCare, Prime Woman, and Livingbetter50. She provides solutions for women approaching 50 or who have already turned the corner on what to eat, how to move, and the mindset for lifestyle change with hormone balance that will make the next years as the best years. Find her resources here.