Most people prefer to go on a diet to lose weight. Nevertheless, this is very dangerous and may even lead to bone fractures because the fat lost through dieting can lead to loss of bone density, thereby further worsening the body's natural bone loss (triggered due to aging). The mantra to weight loss lies in smart, healthy eating and moderate exercising (to improve the general fitness and to keep the heart healthy).
The best means to lose body flab is to work on the fat deposited in the abdominal area. Experts caution that one can deduct two years from his life for every inch that the waistline exceeds the size of the chest. This is because weak abdominal muscles can interfere with the proper functioning of the organs inside such as the liver, kidneys, pancreas and the stomach. The muscles in the abdominal area facilitate the movement of the trunk and legs and provide support and protection for all the organs within. When the abdomen develops into a potbelly, it simply implies that the abdominal muscles have lost their ability to provide adequate support to the organs within. As a result, the organs are subjected to greater jerks and movements than they are originally designed to handle. This results in digestive disorders as well as lower back pain.
Firming and toning the abdominal muscles through correct abdominal exercises can relieve senior people with lower back pain and other related health problems. Appropriate abdomen exercises for senior citizens include hanging knee raises, floor bicycle movement, exercise ball crunches, bent-leg curl-ups, backward sit-ups, and constant abdominal contractions.
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