No matter what kind of physical condition you're in, it's never too late to start doing some kind of exercise.
Each month in 4you PRIMETIME, Tampa trainer Kristen Carli and her clients will demonstrate a safe and (relatively) simple exercise you can do at home or at the gym. This week, she and Judith Means, 70, of South Tampa demonstrate reverse crunches.
It's always a good idea to check with your doctor to determine what level of workout is right for you. When you get the go-ahead, focus on exercises that work on balance, strength, flexibility and endurance.
With this move, you're curling your hips up from the bench, so you'll feel this in the lower part of your abdominal muscles. Avoid swinging your legs to gather momentum and raise your hips; the move is slower and subtler. You should use your abs to lift your hips up and off the bench.
1 Lie on the bench (or floor mat) and place your hands under your buttocks.
2 Bring your knees in toward your chest, with feet together or crossed at the ankles. Use your abs to curl your hips up off the bench, reaching your legs up toward the ceiling. Exhale as your legs come up.
Unless you've been doing crunches or some other ab-strengthening exercise, your belly is going to hurt the next day, so take it slow and build up the number of sets and reps you do.
TIP: Kristen says keep your neck relaxed; don't let it pull forward as you bring your legs up.