With a bad lower back, it may be necessary to ask your doctor first for a referral to a physical therapist. They can set you up with exercises to strength your core without injuring your back. Those core exercises will include things to strength your lower back. Crunches, for example, can be hard on the lower back. It's important to be able to keep that lower back pressed against the floor. Less reps with proper form is better than more reps with bad form. And there are lots of things you can do, that don't involve crunches.
My doctor never told me that menopause would cause my middle to expand. I'm 58 and most definitely in menopause.... my middle never expanded. But I've been doing core exercises for the past couple years, too. I eat dairy every day, avoid added sugar, and cut way back on the bread. Plus I watch the sodium.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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