Are you looking for some easy to do exercises that will help you build core (stomach) strength and maybe even help you lose some stomach fat? Are you wondering how you can do this since you are not in the greatest shape?

Have no fears. There are some strength training exercises most of us can do, no matter what our abilities are. The following are some exercises my 80 year old mother has been learning to do in physical therapy. She has some back problems (osteoporosis, arthritis, small crunches caused from osteoporosis and possibly even a pinched nerve). These problems have caused her to begin having leg pain as well. Her doctor advised her to begin physical therapy. At the age of 80 years old and not being physically fit, she balked at the idea, at first. She was afraid it would hurt. However, since she has begun, she has found that her back muscles have loosen a little and is hoping this may help decrease her stomach a bit and help the pain in her legs. The following is a few exercises she has been doing.

Exercise number one.

Lie on a bed or a floor (if you choose to lie on a floor do use a mat). Keep your back flat against the floor or bed. Begin by straightening both legs. Slowly bend your right leg up towards your body. Bring your arms down to envelop your leg. Hold for a count of five. Release. Try this same exercise with your left leg. Do a set of 10 on each leg. Rest and repeat.

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Once you begin to master this exercise, you can begin the same exercise but next time bring both legs up at the same time.

Exercise number two

Lie on a bed or a floor (again use a mat if you choose to do this on the floor). Bend your legs up towards your body. Slowly, twist your body to the left, bringing your legs with you. Hold for a count of five. Return to starting position. Now twist to the right side. Hold for a count of five. Return to starting position. Repeat 9 times on each side. Rest and repeat.

Exercise number three (this exercise is used with a yoga ball)

This exercise is used with a yoga ball and a partner (to keep you from falling, if you are not used to using a yoga ball). The yoga ball in essence is used to help build core strength. If we have core strength our backs are stronger. To begin with, learn to just sit on the ball. Sit with back straight and legs apart. Roll the ball in front of a chair and have someone sitting in the chair to help catch you if you begin to fall. Once you feel comfortable sitting on the ball, begin lifting each leg up a few inches as if you are stepping or marching in place. Do this for 20 steps. Rest and repeat. If you are beginning to feel comfortable on the ball, now try the stepping again and this time raise lay your hand on each leg. As your left leg rises, raise your right arm up to shoulder height. As your right leg rises, raise your left leg to shoulder height repeat 20 times. Make sure your spotter is watching you as you practice each exercise.

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The intensity of the exercises is not as important as the form. Begin to practice these every day and you can slowly feel the difference in your core strength (mom is).