Lose your muffin top without hurting your joints

Core exercises are probably the number one most requested fitness support of all time.

Whether you desire a flatter belly, you’re overcoming a back injury, or you want better performance, it’s likely you too have thought about what you can do or whether what you’re doing is effective.

What limits some people from benefitting from core exercises is often an inability to get to and from the floor to perform them. If you’re overweight, or have knee, hip or back pain issues you may feel left out when it comes to doing core exercises.

Well, I’m here to tell you there are ways to do effective core exercises, without hurting or further injuring your joints…

These standing exercises can be more than a simple solution for someone who has an injury or limitation in getting to the floor. And the icing on the cake — they’re gentle on your joints, but hard on the muffin top!

Give these a try for painless results…

Given we’re all unique, they may not all work for you. Focus on the ones that do.

  1. Push
  2. Pull
  3. Rotation
  4. Squat
  5. Plank with an elevated base – optional lift
  6. Press forward
  7. Standing knee chambers
  8. Boxing moves
  9. Standing lunge press
  10. Standing wall press

Boxing is also a very effective way of combining cardio and core exercises in one fell swoop. Learn more about boxing’s benefits here.

Debra Atkinson

By Debra Atkinson

Debra Atkinson Is the founder of the Flipping 50 movement and host of the Flipping 50 podcast and TV show available on your iphone, ipad, and Apple TV. She is the author of four books including You Still Got It, Girl! The After 50 Fitness Formula For Women and Navigating Fitness After 50: Your GPS For Choosing Programs and Professionals You Can Trust.

Debra is a contributing blogger on the Huffington Post, ShareCare, Prime Woman, and Livingbetter50. She provides solutions for women approaching 50 or who have already turned the corner on what to eat, how to move, and the mindset for lifestyle change with hormone balance that will make the next years as the best years. Find her resources here.