The Best Ab Workouts for Men Over 50
In men over the age of 50 the stomach and abdominal area tend to carry extra weight. Holding excess fat in this area is dangerous because it constricts major organs including the kidneys and the heart. There are a number of suitable exercises that can aid in slimming and toning this area of the body. By incorporating each of these into a routine and practicing them at least three times a week, the individual can achieve noticeable results within three to four weeks.
Seated Flutter Kick
This exercise works the abdominal muscles and the upper thighs. Practice a seated flutter kick by sitting on the floor with legs stretched out in front. Place the hands on the floor slightly behind the body for support. While keeping the legs straight, lift them off the ground slightly and move them up and down alternately, without allowing them to touch the floor during the exercise. Try to keep going for 20 seconds and increase the length of time as strength and capability increase.
The modified crunch is an effective toning exercise for the abdominal region. This modified crunch is also far less likely to result in damage to the back, which is common when practicing the traditional crunch. To do this exercise, lie on the floor with knees bent. Place hands behind your head and lift the upper body very slowly until it is about five inches off the ground, then lower back to the starting position. Repeat this exercise ten times to begin with and increase as strength increases.
Try to do at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular activities three times per week to lose fat in the abdominal area. Cycling, running and swimming are all effective exercises that work the entire body.
This is an exercise that should not be tried by anyone suffering with back problems, although it can be an effective exercise for the abdominal muscles. To practice a leg lift, lie face up on a gym bench and support the body by gripping the edge of the bench behind you. Slowly lift the legs up as high as possible, while keeping them straight and together. Lower the legs back down, below the line of the bench if possible. It is important not to overdo this exercise since it can cause damage to the back. Try to do five repetitions but stop immediately if you feel pain.
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