Abs, abs, abs.........Is it possible to target and tone the abs when you are overweight by 30 pounds or more? Other than your weight, is there anything else that plays a part in toning your abs? Is it possible to target and tone your abs in a standing position? I have seen many workout videos advertised that say you can. I have been working out with a combination of weights and aerobic activity, 4 to 5 days a week, 60 to 90 minutes each visit, since last November. I have lost several inches. I have between 30 and 40 pounds to go to get to my goal weight. Thanks for any advise you can send my way. Laura

As we age, women tend to carry their excess weight in their mid-section or abdominal area, making it very difficult to maintain a slim waistline. It is possible to target and tone your abdominals even if you are 30 pounds or more overweight, but until you reduce your overall body fat, it will be difficult to see the hard work. However, it is far more important that you have a strong core (abdominals and lower back) to help you prevent injuries and maintain good posture.

Yes, you can strengthen your abdominals in a standing position and these exercises can be very effective if done properly. It is important that you focus on a balanced core exercise program as well. This means that you should focus on your low back extensors as much as you are focusing on your abdominal region.

As for your workout routine, my advice to anyone that has been exercising as long as you have is to make sure that you change your routine every 3-6 weeks. If your focus has been more on the amount of cardiovascular activity you are doing, begin increasing your strengthening program. I also recommend that people incorporate interval training or circuit training into their workouts. These strategies will increase your metabolism and allow you to burn more calories during and after your workouts.

Good luck!

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