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3 Best Exercises for a Flatter Stomach for over 50s

Article by Sarah Maxwell

I asked Sarah to share with us the best exercises to flatten our stomachs -these exercises are designed to flatten your tummy and improve your posture and core. They are small selection from the exercises in Sarah’s ebook  The Little Exercise Book for a Flatter Tummy. Looking forward to comparing notes!

The Plank Exercise

• Lie face down resting on the forearms
• Place forearms flat on the floor
• Push off the floor, raising up onto toes and resting on the
• Keep your back flat, in a straight line from head to heels.
Pull in abdominals and pull up your pelvic floor.
• Start by holding for a few seconds and building up to 1

Abdominal Cycle Exercise

• Lie flat on the floor with your abdominals pulled in
• Support your head with your hands and raise up from the
floor to create a mild tension in the abdominals
• Bring your knees up to a 45-degree angle and slowly go
through a bicycle pedalling motion.
• To make this exercise more difficult, raise your head and
shoulders higher
• Aim to do 20 cycles and gradually increase as you become

Core Balance Rear Raise Exercise

• Stand with feet hip width apart
• Keep your hands stretched out (like a plane) at shoulder
level, fixing your right leg into the ground
• Slowly start lifting your left leg off the ground, keeping the
leg as straight as you can. Focus your attention on a point.
• Aim to get your upper body parallel to the floor and hold
this position for a few seconds. Make sure your abdominals
are pulled in.
• As you improve, you will gradually begin to increase your
hold time
• Lower the right leg and repeat on the left (you may find that
you can balance better on one side but this will improve with

For the full set of Sarah’s ‘flat tummy’ exercises, you can download ‘The Little Exercise Book for a Flat Tummy’ via her website (£4.99 to download)


With the experience of over 15 years as a successful fitness coach and nutritionist, Sarah is one of the UK’s top personal trainers, offering a personalised service designed to help clients achieve their fitness and nutrition goals. Sarah is passionate about the benefits of exercise and incorporates all disciplines into her workouts including Pilates,aerobics and resistance training. She believes fitness should be fun but challenging – and not necessarily gym bound. Anton du Beke, Fiona Phillips, Sugababes and Andrea McClean have all shaped up with her. Sarah is a favourite with the press where she is frequently called upon for insightful fitness tips for leading magazines and newspapers. Last year she was made Nivea’s Global Fitness Expert. She is married with two children and two Labradors.

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  1. Janet Ward

    July 12, 2011

    Will certainly tryout these exercises. Have too much weight round hips ande slack stomach (kids and desk sitting!)
    thanks Janet

  2. Tummy Tuck Belt

    July 15, 2011

    Thank you for showing how to emulate these 3 exercises. Its useful knowing that there’s a core exercise that you can perform standing up. Great post.

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