One of the hardest parts of being in your 60s is balancing your health, having a good quality of life, and keeping belly fat at bay. Get in shape and stay getting in shape can be quite a challenge as you get older. Getting older means your metabolism slows down. You also lose muscle mass, which makes it even more difficult to burn off the calories you consume, since muscle is a key player in the process. Living an active lifestyle is so important if you want to keep your muscles as strong as possible, which is why we’ve rounded up some slimming exercises that will help you lose your gut in your 60s.
While aerobic exercise is important for maintaining good heart health and endurance, you should prioritize strength training as it helps raise your metabolism and will allow you to burn more fat. When it comes to slimming your midsection, you should stick to mostly compound movements that build muscle and increase calorie burn.
If you don’t know where to start, here are some exercises that will help you lose your guts in your 60s. Include them in your current workout or do them together on your own. Read on to learn more, and then check out The 6 Best Exercises for Strong, Tone Arms in 2022, Trainer Says.
Start this movement with a weight (kettlebell, dumbbell or barbell) next to you on the floor. Keeping your chest high and core tight, push your hips back and sit down until you can grab your weight with your hand. Brace your core, then cross your legs and hips to stand tall, squeezing your glutes hard to finish. Reverse the pattern to return to the starting position before performing another repeat. Perform 3 sets of 6 to 8 repetitions before switching to the other side.
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Grab your dumbbells and hold them shoulder-width apart with your palms facing you. As you raise the dumbbells overhead, rotate your palms and elbows away from you and gently press the weight down. Flex your shoulders at the top, then reverse the motion to return to the starting position before performing another rep. Perform 3 sets of 10 reps.
For this exercise, position yourself parallel to a bench so that one hand and one knee are firmly planted on the surface for balance. Grasp a dumbbell with your opposite hand and your arm extended toward the floor. Next, pull the dumbbell toward your hip, squeezing your lats and upper back at the very end of the movement. Straighten your arm down and stretch well down before performing the next repetition. Perform 10 to 12 reps on each arm.
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Bring one leg forward and plant your foot firmly in the ground. Then lower yourself under control until your back knee gently touches the floor. Step forward with the other leg and repeat. Perform 10 repetitions on each leg.
Wrap a resistance band around a sturdy post or beam on the ground. Grasp the end of the tape and step a step or two away from the pole. With your feet shoulder-width apart and hips square, turn your hips and shoulders toward the band. Keep your core tight and rotate diagonally toward the ceiling while keeping your arms straight. Flex your obliques up, then return to the starting position before performing another rep. Perform 10 reps on one side before switching to the other.
Begin this exercise by lying on your back with your feet straight and your arms above your head. Keeping your core tight, curl your body while keeping your arms straight in front of you. Hardly flex your abs at the end to finish, then slowly lower yourself back to the floor under control, maintaining tension in your core. Perform 15 repetitions.
Tim Liu, CSCS
Tim Liu, CSCS, is a Los Angeles-based online fitness and nutrition coach Learn More
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