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How to Have Flat Abs After 40

4 truths to help you slim your waist at any age

By Kathy Smith

One question I am asked again and again — is it possible to have flat abs over the age of 40? My answer is always the same: No… not unless you begin to understand and implement the 4 Tummy Truths. Stick to these guidelines and you’ll banish belly fat and get a midsection that’s flatter, tighter, and seemingly ageless.

Abdominals aren’t just for show. Our core muscles play a key role in supporting our backs, protecting our bodies from injury, and allowing us to perform daily functions. A Mayo Clinic study showed that people who carry extra belly fat around their waists (core) — even those with a healthy weight and body mass index — are at greater risk for coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

Traditional crunches do have their value — they’re great for helping to define the abdominal muscles, especially the rectus abdominus (the part of our abs that can form the "six pack"). But, not all belly fat exercises have to be crunches. Yoga and pilates moves, for example, work our tummy muscles on a deep level and, when performed properly, deliver amazing results.

Kathy Smith "America's Trainer" Kathy Smith has been shaping women's thighs and lives for over 30 years through her best-selling collection of workout DVDs and books. Her motto is "Progress, Not Perfection." Find her at or on Facebook. Read More
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