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Products and potions aside, exercise is one of the most effective ways to reduce the appearance of cellulite. The key, says FITNESS advisory board member Joe Dowdell, owner of Peak Performance NYC, is to combine strength moves with regular high-intensity interval-training sessions. Strength training improves the tone of muscle tissue, so your legs and butt look smoother. High-intensity intervals can burn lots of calories during a workout and keep your metabolism elevated afterward. This 30-minute combo routine, done three days a week, will produce results in as little as four weeks.How to Do It
Start with the strength routine, designed to target your lower body. You'll need a set of weights, a resistance band, and a stair or step. Do the "A" set first, then without resting do the "B" set. Repeat the whole sequence two more times, for a total of three sets of each exercise. As soon as you finish, do the Quickie Interval Routine.
You can do this 12- to 16-minute workout indoors on a stationary bike (increase resistance) or outside running or walking (use speed bursts). Use your Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE), or how difficult the exercise feels on a scale of 1 to 10.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, June 2008.