Lose Your Gut in Your 60s With These Slimming Exercises, Trainer Says
One of the most difficult parts about being in your 60s is balancing your health, living a good quality of life, and keeping the belly fat at bay. Getting into shape and staying in shape can be quite the challenge as you age. Growing older means your metabolism slows down. You also lose muscle mass, which makes it even more difficult to torch the calories you're consuming, 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 they can be, so we've put together some slimming exercises that will help you lose your gut in your 60s.
Although aerobic exercise is important to maintain good heart health and endurance, you want to prioritize strength training since it helps elevate your metabolism and will allow you to burn more fat. When it comes to slimming down your midsection, you should stick to mostly compound movements that build muscle and increase the calorie burn.
If you're not sure where to begin, we have you covered with a few exercises that will help you lose your gut in your 60s. Include them in your current workout, or perform them together as a standalone one. Read on to learn more, and next, check out The 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Toned Arms in 2022, Trainer Says.
Start this movement with a weight (kettlebell, dumbbell, or barbell) next to your side on the ground. Keeping your chest tall and core tight, push your hips back, and sit down until you can grip your weight with your hand. Brace your core, then drive through your legs and hips to stand tall, squeezing your glutes hard to finish. Reverse the pattern back to the starting position before performing another rep. Complete 3 sets of 6 to 8 reps before switching to the other side.
Grab your dumbbells, and hold them up at shoulder-width height with your palms facing toward you. As you lift the dumbbells over your head, rotate your palms and elbows out away from you, and press the weight up smoothly. Flex your shoulders at the top, then reverse the movement back to the starting position before performing another rep. Complete 3 sets of 10 reps.
For this exercise, position yourself parallel to a bench so that one hand and knee are firmly planted on the surface for balance. Grip a dumbbell with your opposite hand and your arm extended straight down toward the floor. Then, pull the dumbbell up towards your hip, squeezing your lats and upper back at the very end of the movement. Straighten your arm back down, and get a nice stretch at the bottom before performing the next rep. Perform 10 to 12 reps on each arm.
Step forward with one leg, and firmly plant your foot into the floor. Then, lower yourself under control until your back knee gently touches the ground. Walk forward with the other leg, and repeat. Perform 10 reps on each leg.
Low to High Band Chop
Wrap a resistance band around a sturdy beam or pole on the ground. Grab the end of the band, and take a step or two away from the pole. With your feet shoulder-width apart and hips square, turn your hips and shoulders towards the band. Keep your core tight, and rotate diagonally up toward the ceiling while keeping your arms straight. Flex your obliques at the top, then return to the starting position before performing another rep. Complete 10 reps on one side before switching to the other.
Begin this exercise by lying flat on your back with your feet extended and arms above your head. Keeping your core tight, curl your body up while keeping your arms straight in front of you. Flex your abs hard at the end to finish, then lower yourself slowly back down to the ground under control, maintaining tension in your core. Complete 15 reps.