Tips On Abdominal Exercises Obese People Can Do


When we look at athletes and movie stars who are fit we think how nice it would be to have tight abs.  When people think about exercising for tight abs the exercises that come to mind are sit ups and crunches.

If you are obese it does not matter how strong your abdominal muscles are.  No one can see them if they are covered by a layer of fat.  If you want to get great looking abs you need to not only exercise, you also need to diet.  You need to combine the exercises that will tone your abs as well as help increase your heart rate and lose fat with a healthy diet that will let you lose some pounds.  You will have added challenges if you are obese, but there are some abdominal exercises for obese people that can help you.

Your abdominal area consists of several different muscle groups.  You have lower muscles, upper muscles and oblique (side) muscles.  You will need to do different exercises to target all these areas.

It may be difficult for you to get down on the floor if you are very overweight.  Don’t be discouraged.  There are some easy ab workouts that you can do standing up.  This way you will save wear and tear on your back and knees while still getting an effective workout.

Make sure you consult with your health care professional before beginning any exercise program to be sure you are healthy enough to engage in the activities.  Here ae three standing ab exercises you might want to try:

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart.  Raise your arms straight above your head and then slowly lower your arms while at the same time raising one knee.  Keep your leg and arms at a 90-degree angle.  Now put the first leg down while raising your arms back up and then raise the other knee.  Do at least 30 sets on each side.
  2. Stand with your legs shoulder width apart. Hold a 10 pound (or whatever weight you can handle) in each hand.  Slowly lean to one side keeping your legs straight.  You should only be using your side (obliques) muscles when you do this move.  After you have completed 20 reps on one side, do 20 reps on the other side.
  3. Stand with your legs shoulder width apart. Take a step forward with one leg and then carefully raise this leg a few inches off the floor. Slowly make circles using just your foot.  Keep your leg still and straight.  Make 20 circles in one direction and then using the same foot circle 20 times in the opposite direction.  Alternate with the other leg and do the same exercises with the second foot.

It may be hard to follow an exercise simply by reading how to do it.  These standing abdominal exercises can be a good way for you to start.  Even if you are overweight or obese it is important to tone your ab muscles.  Be sure to consult with your medical professional before starting any exercise program.  You might find it beneficial to hire a personal trainer who can watch and make sure you are using proper form and are not in danger of injuring yourself and slowing down your progress.