It is often alleged that men, quite like a fine wine get better with age. The same sentiment is not always applied to women however, who are more often said to age like milk!
I recently got to thinking about men tending to suit growing older more so than women when I came across the below picture of Australian hunk, Hugh Jackman and his wife. I genuinely thought the woman in the picture was his mother and not his significant other. Whilst Hugh is 12 years younger, the gap appears even wider given that Hugh looks SO good for his age!(Hugh Jackman, his wife Deborra-Lee Furness and Ricky Martin pictured at the 2012 Tony awards.)
It would appear that men have biology on their side. Hair greying and the movement of bone and skin that comes with the aging process can actually favour some men. George Clooney has certainly benefited from growing older as demonstrated below. He has transformed from being a goofy, almost greasy young fella in to a heart-stopping, silver fox.(George Clooney-then and now! Eeek check out that mullet!)
Life is cruel! It seems that experience lines and more pronounced jaws make men appear more attractive and distinguished yet the same cannot be said for women. We are expected to stay young and fresh to be considered beautiful. Perhaps it is the way that we perceive ageing which defines whether or not a person is becoming more alluring or not. As Mark Twain famously said “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
There are many, many women who are aging fantastically, defying the anti-aging opinions constructed by society. What tips could one take from these women to discover how – without undergoing a sex change – we can combat aging in the same way that they have?
- Marry Older!
Not suggesting here that we should all aim to become one of Hugh Heffner’s Playhouse bunnies but rather maybe take a leaf out of Catherine Zeta Jones’ book and marry a man that is older, automatically making you look more amazing and youthful by his side.
2. Don’t under-eat!
Nutritionist studies have shown that starving your body or going on crash diets may cause you to lose weight on the scales but argue that this is a false weight as you mainly just lose water from in and around the muscles in your body. Losing weight the unhealthy way can make your body look flat, soft, saggy, wrung out and in the long term-old! See Nicole Richie below! It is important to fuel your body with the food it needs. 3. Strong is the new skinny!
Why not take a leaf out of the book of Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Biel, Madonna, Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Anniston and take up resistance training. Many women believe that weight lifting is solely for bodybuilders when in fact this couldn’t be farther from the truth. When you weight train, you help to keep your strength fibres active, which deteriorate as you get older. Lifting weights will give you a toned, healthy, sculpted and youthful looking body as well as increasing your energy, making you feel good.Madonna, a fan of resistance weight training looks much younger than her 54 years.
4. Reduce stress!
Scientists have identified the direct link between stress and aging acknowledging that chronic stress appears to hasten the shriveling of the tips of the bundles of genes inside cells, which shortens their life span and speeds the body’s deterioration.
5. Reduce alcohol intake!
6. Wear sunscreen!
Sunburn can be a very efficient (i.e. painful) reminder to heed adequate protection on future occasions. However more importantly, it should be a reminder of the long-term effects of sun exposure on our bodies and health – which include aging of the skin and skin cancer.
At age 56, Kim Cattrall looks better than most people half her age. Kim says she maintains a healthy attitude to ageing by learning to love her maturity. ‘I think I look my age, but I don’t want to be 20 any more – or even 30 or 40,’ she insists. ‘And I look at people such as Helen Mirren or Judi Dench – these amazing women who look great, but they also look their age. Sex appeal is all about confidence – and that comes from self-knowledge.’
You said it Kim! I’ll look you up when I’m crying in front of the mirror in years to come!
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