When browsing your favorite online publications, you often come across insightful articles filled with advice on how to maintain a youthful appearance or even slow down the effects of aging. Proper skincare routines and a balanced, nutritious diet play a key role in this, but it’s crucial not to overlook the importance of regular physical activity. I’m here to share with you 10 effective exercises that can help you appear up to a decade younger than you actually are.

To achieve a more youthful look and feel, it’s important to select exercises that not only burn fat and build muscle but also enhance circulation throughout your entire body. This is especially true as you enter your 40s and beyond, a time when your body undergoes inevitable changes. You’ll start to notice a decrease in muscle mass, endurance, speed, and strength. Moreover, key hormones like testosterone begin to decrease.

Considering these changes, both hormonal and physical, it becomes even more crucial to focus on building and preserving muscle mass. Engaging in strength training a minimum of two to three times weekly is advisable, particularly opting for compound exercises that work multiple muscle groups simultaneously.

If you’re unsure of where to begin, I have you covered with some of the best exercises to look 10 years younger. Keep reading to learn all about them, and after you’re done, for more inspiration, check out A 69-Year-Old Fitness Trainer Shares the 6 Exercises That Keep Her Looking Half Her Age.

Dumbbell Front Squats

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Tim Liu, C.S.C.S.

Start the dumbbell front squat by holding a pair of dumbbells up by your shoulders. Keep your core tight, push your hips back, and squat down until your quads are parallel to the ground. Drive through your heels and hips to stand back up, flexing your quads and glutes to finish. Perform three sets of 10 reps.

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Dumbbell Renegade Rows

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Tim Liu, C.S.C.S.

Get into a pushup position with a wide stance, holding onto a dumbbell in each hand. Maintain a tight core and squeezed glutes as you row one weight up to your torso. Return the dumbbell to the ground, and perform a row with the opposite arm. Return to the starting position before performing another pushup. Perform three sets of six to eight reps on each arm.

Bulgarian Split Squats

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Tim Liu, C.S.C.S.

From a standing position, rest your back foot on a bench or couch, and step out with your other foot about two to three feet away from the bench. Hold a pair of dumbbells at your sides. Start the move by lowering your body straight down—using control—so that your back knee almost touches the ground and your front knee is in a runner’s lunge. Come up a quarter of the way, then lower back down to the bottom. Use your weight to drive through your front heel to return to standing, flexing your quads and glutes as you rise. Complete three sets of eight reps per leg.

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Dumbbell Push Press

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Tim Liu, C.S.C.S.

Hold a pair of dumbbells at shoulder height. Keeping your core tight, dip into a quarter squat. Explode up, and use the momentum to press the weights overhead. Lower the dumbbells to the starting position before performing another rep. Perform three sets of eight reps.

Bike Sprints

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Tim Liu, C.S.C.S.

Get on your favorite exercise bike, and strap your feet in. Holding the handles, lean forward, and begin peddling hard. Don’t stop for 30 seconds. Complete three rounds.


Tim Liu, C.S.C.S.

Stand with a weight—a kettlebell, dumbbell, or trap bar—in front of you on the ground. Assume a shoulder-width stance. Push your hips back, and squat down low enough to grab the weight. Keep your shoulders aligned with the weight and your torso straight as you get into position. With a tight core, pick the weight up by pushing through your heels and hips to stand up tall, squeezing your glutes. Reverse the motion to lower the weight before the next rep. Perform three sets of 10 reps.

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Incline Dumbbell Bench Press

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Tim Liu, C.S.C.S.

Lie flat on an incline bench, and grab a pair of dumbbells. Hold them straight above you with your arms extended. Pull your shoulder blades back and down into the bench as you lower the weights to your chest. Then, press the weights up to the starting position, squeezing your pecs and triceps. Do three sets of 10 reps.

Lat Pulldowns

Tim Liu, C.S.C.S.

Grip the lat pulldown bar just outside shoulder-width with your palms facing away from you. Lean back slightly, and pull the bar down toward your sternum, squeezing your lats at the bottom of the movement. Resist on the way up, maintaining tension in your lats. Get a solid stretch at the top by letting your shoulder blades come up before performing the next rep. Complete three sets of 10 reps.

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Seated Cable Row

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Tim Liu, C.S.C.S.

Place your feet firmly on the pad of a seated row machine, and grab the handle. Pull the attachment out, and position yourself so that your back is straight and your legs are almost fully extended. Keeping your chest tall, core tight, and knees soft, row the attachment toward your body, squeezing your shoulder blades together. Next, straighten your arms fully until your shoulder blades extend. Perform three sets of 12 reps.

Bodyweight Split Squats

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Tim Liu, C.S.C.S.

Place one foot ahead of you and one foot behind you. With your chest tall and your core tight, lower until your back knee touches the ground. Push through the heel of your front leg to rise up, flexing your quad and glute to finish. Perform all reps on one side before switching legs. If bodyweight alone is too easy, you can do this movement with a pair of dumbbells. Perform three sets of 10 reps for each leg.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Can exercise really make you look younger?

Yes, exercise can make you look younger. Regular physical activity increases blood flow to the skin, promoting collagen production and new cell growth, which can improve skin health and appearance. Additionally, exercise can help maintain muscle mass and reduce body fat, giving a more youthful physique. Strength training, in particular, can improve bone density, which tends to decline with age.

2. What are the best exercises to reduce signs of aging?

  • High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): Helps improve skin elasticity and muscle tone.
  • Strength Training: Builds muscle, improves metabolism, and supports bone health.
  • Yoga and Pilates: Enhances flexibility, balance, and mental well-being, while also helping to reduce stress, which can have a direct impact on your appearance.
  • Cardiovascular Exercises: Such as running, cycling, and swimming, increase blood flow and can help with overall skin health and appearance.
  • Facial Exercises: May help in toning the muscles around your face, contributing to a more youthful appearance.

3. How long does it take to see results from exercising to look younger?

Results can vary based on individual health, the type of exercise, and the consistency of the exercise regimen. Generally, visible results in skin texture and muscle tone can be observed within 3 to 4 months of regular, consistent exercise. However, benefits such as increased energy levels and improved mood can be noticed much sooner.

4. Are there any specific dietary recommendations to accompany these exercises for optimal results?

Yes, a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, healthy fats, proteins, and vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables can enhance the anti-aging effects of exercise. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, and those rich in vitamins C and E, can particularly benefit skin health. Hydration is also crucial, so drink plenty of water throughout the day.

5. How often should I exercise to look younger?

Most health experts recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week, combined with strength training exercises on two or more days a week. Consistency is key, so aim to include a variety of exercises in your weekly routine to target different areas of physical fitness and optimize the anti-aging effects.

6. Can stress reduction techniques complement these exercises?

Absolutely. Stress can accelerate aging, so incorporating stress reduction techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, and sufficient sleep, alongside your physical exercise routine, can amplify the anti-aging benefits. Yoga and Pilates also offer both physical exercise and stress reduction benefits.

7. Is it ever too late to start exercising to look younger?

No, it is never too late to start exercising to look younger. While the benefits can be more pronounced when you maintain an active lifestyle throughout your life, starting at any age can still provide significant anti-aging effects, enhance overall health, and improve quality of life.

Please consult with a healthcare provider before beginning any new exercise program to ensure it is appropriate for your individual health needs.

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