Abdominal Exercises for Older Adults

By Steve Silverman

There's no reason you can't get in shape after age 45. That includes the abdominals. You may not be able to get that six-pack that many in their 20s and 30s have, but you can get rid of fat and get stronger in the core.

Exercise Ball Roll

This one is relatively easy and fun. Lie with your stomach on an exercise ball and your toes on the ground. Move forward so that your chest is on the ball and stop when you get near your neck. Roll back so your stomach is at the midpoint of the ball. Repeat this five times.

Exercise Ball - Dumbbell Curl

Sit on an exercise ball and put your feet on the ground. Maintain your balance as you do curls with 5- or 10-lb. dumbbells. As you curl the weights in your right arm five times, tense your stomach area. Then do the same with your left arm. Do 10 curls altogether, five in each arm.

Sit-ups With Lower Legs on Bed

Sit-ups are great, but as you get older doing crunches are too taxing to do with any regularity. However, put your lower legs on a bed and your posterior on the corner of a couch, and lift up with your upper body about 6 inches. Do this 15 to 20 times and take a break. Repeat the set.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.


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