Day 6: SIX Tips For Building Six Pack Abs Over 40!…

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You’re never too old to build six pack abs! You simply need to change the way you work towards achieving those abs. You still have muscles, you still eat food, and you can still move – that’s all you need to get started on building abs that will make all of the younger kids jealous.

Your body changes as you age. So before you get started with a standard ab-building routine, it is important to understand what adjustments you will need to make your routine work for you. It IS possible, but you will need to take special care to ensure that your workouts are as effective as possible.


Tip 1: Take it Slow to Avoid Injury

If your body isn’t used to adding these changes to your routine it may lead to injury when you’re first starting out. Rather than jump into the most intense workouts you can find, start to gradually increase the quantity and intensity of your workouts.

It’s also always a good idea to check with your doctor, especially if you have any known health problems or reason to believe that there may be something preventing you from working out too hard or too often. Your fitness program needs to be one that’s appropriate for you. Only when you have found that program should you work to achieve your six pack.


Tip 2: Warm-up

woman-stretchingEveryone, regardless of age, should be stretching before they exercise. Yet those with more life experience should be extra careful to make sure they have stretched before the workout. Your muscles need to be warm and ready. Stretching will help make your muscles loose, so they won’t be too tight when you start exercising them.


Tip 3: Use Proper Form and Control

It’s not enough to simply perform the exercises. You need to do the exercises correctly. Even younger guys that spend all hours of the day at the gym often do their exercises with bad form and erratically. You don’t want to just sloppily do an exercise with no concept of form and control. You want to do each exercise slowly, showing control over your body and using the form that works the muscles the right way.

This not only helps you to avoid serious injury, it also gives you greater, faster results!


Tip 4: Take Care of Your Joints

jointsOf your entire body, your joints are the most prone to signs of aging. Joint tissues are bad at rebuilding themselves, and the older you live the more your joints may receive damage. So you should take great care you’re your joints to avoid causing any serious damage– which is why it is important to warm up your joints before you exercise.

Your joint health is also one of the primary reasons  you need to make sure you’re performing each exercise correctly and in a controlled manner. You don’t want to overextend your joints, which can lead to serious damage, nor do you want to twist your body in a way that it isn’t meant to twist. You should also be eating a diet that leads to “healthy joints.” According to experts, a healthy joint diet includes:

  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Whole Grains
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Salmon, Olive Oil, Flax, Nuts)

Each of these is like food for your joints, and while they won’t heal your joints, they will make sure that your joints are as healthy as possible before and after each exercise.


Tip 5: Do Weight Training!

man-doing-dumbbell-bicep-curlsWeight training is known to be one of the best ways to fight aging, and one of the most important tools for building six pack abs at any age. Far too many aging adults give up on weight training during their busy lives. You need to keep it, since weight training is known to build and tone muscle – which is vital for both keeping active and building your six pack.

Weight training also increases your metabolism which will help you burn fat. When you age, your metabolism starts to slow naturally, so adding muscle is a great way to keep it going strong as the years ago by.

Also, weight training can actually build strong bones. A research study at Ontario’s McMaster University found that weight training will even help build bone density in the elderly, because strength training causes your body to retain more calcium. Eating calcium supplements is not enough – your body needs strong muscles to keep calcium in your bones, rather than floating in your blood stream.   All of these are great reasons to keep up a weight training routine, even beyond getting your six pack.


Tip 6: Do Interval Training

As you get older it can be hard to find an hour a day to jog, let alone the aches and pains it will cause to your muscles and joints. Yet you need to keep up with your cardio training in order to develop your six pack and keep your heart healthy.

That is why you should consider interval training. Interval training involves performing short bursts of high intensity exercise, followed by short bursts of low intensity exercise, sometimes referred to as “active rest.” Running, pushups – even weight-training can all be forms of high intensity exercise. Do one for one full minute, then follow that up with a period of “active rest” which includes exercises such as:

  • Jumping Jacks
  • Jogging in Place
  • Fast Walking

Then go back to the same high intensity exercise. Repeat for 20 to 30 minutes, and you’ll experience the same fat burning power to build your six pack abs as you would with traditional cardio over the same time period. You’ll also get a healthy boost to your heart health as well.


No Matter Your Age, You CAN Achieve Six Pack Abs

older-man-doing-sit-ups-with-thumbs-upYour muscles don’t disappear just because you’re getting older. If you build your muscles and continue to burn fat, you can still achieve the same six pack abs. Just make sure that you’re changing your lifestyle appropriately for your age. Warm up your body, make sure you’re working out in a way that’s healthy for you, try to do each exercise the right way and avoid damaging your joints. If you do everything carefully and correctly, you can achieve the six pack abs you’ve always wanted.

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