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7 Best Exercises for Men To Stay Fit In Their 40s

If you are a man reaching your 40s, you might be struggling to maintain your fitness, muscle mass, energy levels, and physical appearance. Unfortunately, the reality of male aging is a slow decline in all of the characteristics associated with masculinity. While some of this is inevitable, the good news is that with the right training program, you can slow down the aging process, and in some cases, reverse these age-related declines. I’ve trained many clients in their 40s who have successfully seen dramatic positive changes in their bodies through resistance training programs. The following article breaks down my top seven exercises for men to stay fit in their 40s.

For each of the below exercises, complete three to four sets of eight to 10 repetitions using a weight that feels heavy for that rep range. Rest for 90 seconds between sets, and perform the workout one to two times a week. You can split it into two to three workout sessions, or perform a single longer session, although I generally recommend the former. When combined with a high-protein diet, healthy sleep habits, and regular low-intensity cardio, you can fight the effects of aging on your own terms and turn your middle-aged years into a time of flourishing physicality.

Keep reading for the seven best exercises for men to stay fit in their 40s, and next, be sure to read about the 4 Exercises That Can Drastically Change Your Body Shape After 40.

middle-aged man doing deadlifts

Deadlifts are a fantastic exercise for targeting the posterior chain—especially the hamstrings, glutes, and lower back. This exercise is a real-world functional movement that helps improve balance, stability, and strength, making everyday tasks easier and keeping you physically strong and fit.

To perform a deadlift, stand with your feet hip-width apart, with the barbell resting over

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