Is” fifty the new forty”? This is a statement I keep hearing and reading about in all those fitness magazines you see at the checkout counter of your local grocery store. I never really paid much attention to this concept when I was in my early forties, but now that fifty is around the corner, I’m inclined to take a step back and dissect whether or not it’s possible to look and feel a decade younger. Who ever coined the phrase” fifty is the new forty”, probably was either a plastic surgeon or a personal trainer. Financially, I wish I were a plastic surgeon, but being a personal trainer has other rewards that have nothing to do with money. When a client comments that he or she hasn’t been able to fit in a certain pair of jeans or dress in years, and thanks to a lot of hard work now they can, that’s priceless!
So, what does this really mean when someone say’s that “fifty is the new forty”, or “sixty is the new fifty”? Health wise I feel it means that maybe all the money that this country spends on the research and development of medicine, combined with all the fitness and health products available, we are giving ourselves the choices to look and feel younger than our age dictates. I can honestly admit that the older I get, the more I try and do whatever I can, (except surgery), to look and feel younger. Now I know I’m not alone when it comes to wanting to look younger.
Women especially are more vain than men when it comes to their age and what they look like. In fact, most women after they turn forty get insulted if you ask them how old they are. Guys are wired differently. If you ask a guy how old he might be, if he looks good for his age, I guarantee you he will practically brag about his age. This is just how we can get carried away with our looks and how we carry ourselves the older we get. You know the old saying, “beauty is skin deep”, I’m not sure people pay much attention to what’s inside a person versus the amount of bot-ox or collagen shot in their faces.
We live in an age when the amount of lotions and potions available to both men and women is staggering. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for feeling and looking younger. If you ever walk into a Walgreens or CVS, check out the section where you can purchase skin-care products. Twenty years ago your choices were Vasoline and Jergens, now I can spend an hour just trying to decide whether I need four or five blades for a smooth shave. Next, because of the dangers of the suns rays and the fear of getting skin cancer, I use Neutrogena Men Age Fighter Face Moisturizer SPF 15 every morning. I wear Neutrogena oil-free SPF 30 at the beach and water-resistant Dermatone with Z-Cote SPF 30 when I run or cycle. If this sounds a bit excessive, remember what the nature of this article is about. We all want to look younger than we actually are, because deep down we realize we’re starting to show our age whether it be on the basketball court, the gym, the beach, and even the bedroom. Let’s face it, thanks to drugs like Viagra and Cialis, men in their sixties and seventies have the stamina of a porn star!
Plastic surgeons are cleaning up on this notion of beating back father time. Millions of men and women are heading to their local doctors to have a nip here and a tuck there. Some of these procedures go terribly wrong and wound up making the patient look like someone out of a horror movie. I’m a firm believer in everything in moderation, including cosmetic surgery.
Looking and feeling younger is something everyone should work on mainly because of the health benefits that come with eating right, exercising regularly, and wanting to live a longer life so we can enjoy our families and friends. Stay healthy!