Best Way To Lose Weight For Women Over 50, Fitness And Exercise At Any Age

Exercises To Flatten Your Tummy After 50 & Menopause

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Tummy. Jelly belly. Muffin top. So many names for a part of our body that most of us struggle with and some of us even hate. Even more difficult? Dealing with these issues after 50 and after menopause. So what can we do to get rid of the jiggling, jelly belly and flatten your tummy?  Here are a few tips and exercises to get you started.

  • Cardio. Before you start doing 5000 crunches thinking you will flatten your stomach, start with  cardio. Crunches will not flatten your stomach because you can’t spot reduce one part of your body. You need to also include cardio as part of an overall exercise program. Cardiovascular exercise ranges from walking to running to biking to many more. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 60 to 90 minutes five days per week to see weight loss.
  • Planks. Planks are fantastic for the whole core from the back to the obliques to the abs. Start in push-up position with your hands beneath your shoulders. Hold your abs tight starting for 30 seconds then work up to 1 minute.  
  • Hundreds. I used to DREAD doing these in my Pilates class but you know what? They work and now I teach pilates. Starting from a lying down position lift your head and your legs off the floor. Pump your hands up and down about 5 inches inhaling for 5 pumps and exhaling for 5 pumps while keeping your core tight. Your goal is 100 pumps and let me tell you – you will feel this exercise in your abs.
  • Cobra. This is a favorite move for those that do yoga. Start by lying face down on a mat on the floor. Lift your head, shoulders, and chest off the mat and hold for 2 counts then slowly lower yourself back to the mat. Repeat 10 times. If you have never done yoga and are not sure where to start, schedule a private or small group online Gentle Flow Yoga class with me. Designed for women over 50 and focuses on balance, flexibility and core strength.  More info here:  45-55 Minute Online Gentle Flow Session private or 3 person small group.  Another fantastic option at home? Yoga Burn. I myself do a yoga burn class in my bedroom on days I’m not teaching at my studio. This is the program I follow: Yoga Burn 
  • Standing crunches.  As you would on your back, hold your abs tight and move your hips forward so that your back is rounded. Do 15 sets two times for a total of 30 to start then add additional rounds.

Finally don’t forget that most of your abs are built in the kitchen. Nutrition, nutrition, nutrition.  You cannot expect lean, strong abs when you’re eating garbage.  Garbage in means garbage out.  Decide what nutrition plan works best for you (calorie, low carb, points) and get the extra weight off.

The combination of diet and exercise done CONSISTENTLY will get you the abs you want. You CAN do it.

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