Regular cardio is also important for keeping your body fat percentage low, but it's the resistance exercises you need to keep as your main focus. Do up to 3 sets of 10 repetitions in a row. A properly inflated ball should give slightly under your weight. Researchers used electrodes to measure activity in the muscles of people exercising. Focus your attention on your abs, forcing them to do most of the work to lift and lower your legs. Do 20 reps total, alternating sides each time. If you have the impression that Pilates is somehow unmanly, consider Robinson.
To target the sides of your stomach -- the oblique muscles -- where excess fat often accumulates, the dumbbell side bend is an excellent exercise to include in your workout.
Hold your thighs level with the floor, knees bent at a degree angle. You'll engage your abs and just about every other muscle in your body! Crunch exercises can be more effective when done on a big inflatable ball called an exercise ball. Getting older doesn't mean you have to deal with fat gain and sagging skin. Slowly rotate your body to the left before turning back so you're facing forward, then stand up straight. Targeted strength-training exercises for the abdominal muscles will help you build stronger, larger muscles, slimming and tightening your body as a result. Extend arms and press both palms on top of thighs.