An Aging Body
Body changes that naturally occur early in the fifth decade of life mark the beginning of the end of youth. Men and women experience changes in the transformation of their bodies differently, but regardless of the types of changes they experience, it's true that the realization that various body parts are no longer working or looking as youthful as they used to can be a downer. In the youth-obsessed culture of today, entire industries exist to help people pretend that they are not experiencing the effects of aging — even the minor ones, such as needing glasses to read small print. Health clubs offer equipment, personal trainers, and classes to help you battle the weight gain that results from a slowing metabolism. Some people seek to retain the glow of youth with all sorts of skin treatments — abrasives, exfoliators, chemical peels, lifting this, tucking that, bronzing, buffing, and botoxing.
Regular and challenging cardio and strength training along with muscle-defining exercises can result in a body that looks darn good, and is healthy at the same time. Tailor your fitness goals for achieving the best health for your age (whatever it is) instead of attempting to turn back the clock.
Salons have for some time now been helping people to renew, restore, and generally mask emerging signs of the decades lived. Men and women are just as likely to be seated side by side in the hair color section of the salon getting that gray concealed. Both men and women also indulge in facials, massages, manicures, and pedicures.
Even if you never enter a salon for professional treatments, the aisles of your local pharmacy or grocery store are jammed with all sorts of products to use in the privacy of your home to make wrinkles vanish or gray hairs disappear. The advertising industry does an excellent job using the media: magazines, newspapers, TV, outdoor advertising — anywhere you get the message visually — to saturate the world with images of the young and the beautiful. The inference of these ads, of course, is that you will capture the allure of youth when you use the product that is featured in the ad.
In years past, retirees were expected to look like the aging adults that, realistically, they were. Nowadays, however, even retirees cannot escape the pressure to look more youthful than the retirees of previous generations.