For men over 60 years old, many are left wondering how they are supposed to stay strong and fit. Your age doesn’t have to be a barrier and no matter what age you are you can always find the right exercises to help you maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle.
Before you get started it’s important to understand what your top priorities should be. Injury prevention and core strength need to be your focus and since so many exercises actually end up doing more harm than good it’s important to learn which ones should be avoided.
This list includes some of the classics such as sit-ups and crunches. These movements force your neck and spine to contort in ways that aren’t natural and therefore need to be avoided, particularly as you age and injuries can become more substantial.
Instead of injuring your back you can strengthen your back with an exercise such as the seated good morning. Take a seat on a workout bench and rest a light barbell across your shoulders. Lean forward until your upper body is about parallel to the floor, or as far as you can go without the movement being painful and then return to the starting position.
An alternative abdominal exercise for men over 60 is the standing medicine ball twist. Hold a medicine ball with both hands and extend your arms straight in front of you. Twist your body to the right while pivoting on your left foot, then return to the starting position and twist to the opposite side. This is a low-stress exercise that will still help build a substantial amount of strength, as well as flexibility.
These are just a few of the potential exercises that you can do for your abs if you’re a man over 60. Avoid sit-ups and crunches and instead focus on more natural movements that stretch, build strength and help you to prevent injury.