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How To Tone Your Abs When You’re Over 50
Luckily, getting your abs in shape doesn’t have to be an uphill battle. You just need to know what exercises work best for this area, and the kind of diet that can help you achieve the right results.
In this article, I’ll go over why it’s harder to tone your abs after you pass the age of 50. Then I’ll explain some easy exercises that people over 50 can do to tone their abs.
After the age of 50, it becomes harder to tone your abs. Here’s why:
You can’t really target the right place with proper abdominal exercises when you’re over 50. So, even though you might still do crunches at home and in gyms, they won’t be as effective as before.
This is because your abdominal muscles are no longer exactly the same as a young person’s. They’ve changed over time due to lifestyle factors and your age. Lowback pain, or back stiffness, is also more common as you get older. This means you might feel uncomfortable or even painful doing some of those exercises.
So, what do you do? Well, like most things in life that get harder with age, stay positive and be patient! Don’t give up just yet. This just means you need to revise your approach and start looking at things from a slightly different angle.
Yes, these aging changes can be a real bummer. We all want to look good as we age, and keep our abs tight and firm for as long as possible! But here’s the good news: it is absolutely possible to contour your abs after the age of 50. You just have to tweak your routine a bit.
Work your abs from different angles to get the results you want.
You can still work your abs even if they aren’t as firm and defined as they used to be. All you need are some great exercises.
For example, doing leg raises while lying down on your back works just as well as it ever has – and it’s still effective at shaping up your abdominals. The only difference is that you might have to modify the way you do it so that it’s comfortable for you. You just have to make some modifications like lowering the angle of your legs so that it hits where you want and helps sculpt your abs at the same time.
You can also do planks. What’s great about planks is that you can do them anywhere, anytime, on the couch or on your bed. That way, you don’t need to be in a gym!
Another great exercise is the one that involves doing crunches on a stability ball. You lie face down on top of it and alternate between scooting forward and backward by lifting up your legs for as long as you can each time before bringing them back under you again for another rep.
This is perfect if you do this at home while watching TV or reading a book. And it’s great for tightening your abs and developing your core strength.
Of course, you also don’t need to spend money on special equipment to get results. If you’re just starting out, a stability ball might be a good choice – but it’s also just as easy to use a set of dumbbells as well as even an exercise ball. And you can do crunches on the floor or even in front of the TV using a couch or loveseat if that’s more convenient for you.
Start with a few simple exercises like these and you’ll be on track to have firm, toned abs in no time. As they say, age is just a number!
Disclaimer: The information in this article is intended for educational and entertainment purposes only and should not be used instead of or contrary to that of a medical professional. Before taking supplements, starting a new diet, or embarking on a new exercise regime please consult a medical or nutritional professional. The owners of “Getting Healthy After 50” are not medical professionals and are simply redistributing information that is freely available on the internet.
The video at the top of this post is from the fabulos50s youtube channel.