Pro-Aging in an Anti-Aging World

by Kathleen on March 26, 2013

By Lisa Kneller

I am very curious as to how you see the “anti-aging” movement. I see it as a detriment to our society and to women in particular. 

This past weekend I was in Las Vegas on a family fun trip. While walking down a corridor a young man stopped to give me a sample of face cream. After thanking him, he convinced me to take a seat and try his miracle wrinkle cream for under the eyes. I allowed him to apply some to my eyes (mainly because they were tired and I thought it would feel good.) Afterward, he showed me in the mirror how much “tighter” my fine lines looked under the one eye. Then he showed me the other eye. 

I was thinking, “okay, I see a minor difference here, but nothing to make me believe I should spend my hard-earned money on this stuff.” So I politely told the young man that I really wasn’t interested in buying his very expensive eye creams but that I appreciated his testing it on me. He then said that I would be concerned about my wrinkles sooner or later and that I would have to get some eye cream at some point, so why not now?

I actually said, “Why? Why do I have to worry about my wrinkles?” He really didn’t know how to answer me. The more I think about it, the madder it makes me, that some young guy is telling me I will need to do something about my wrinkles. It’s a sickness I think – running rampant in our culture – that we need to spend a bunch of money to look younger than we are.

I’m 54. I have a few wrinkles. I’m guessing that when I’m 74, I’ll have a few more. I can’t imagine being 74 and looking like I’m 44. It’s weird to me that our society is obsessed with looking younger.

old-ladyAs a yoga teacher, I am more concerned with the inner being. I don’t care much about perfecting the outer body – not through exercise, strict dieting, plastic surgery or face creams. Beauty comes from within and we all know we are as old as we feel on the inside.

Women have a hard enough time accepting themselves as they are mainly because we are constantly being judged by others. A strong woman knows herself and projects confidence because she is not concerned about what others think. The media would have us think otherwise. Companies who sell products have to advertise them and they have created the illusion that we will be happier if only we looked younger. 

Aging gracefully means we accept what age we are and what comes with it. It’s bad enough that we have aches and pains to deal with. Those can be serious and debilitating. Why should we have to worry about our wrinkles? This lady below is who I want to emulate!

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Stop Anti-Aging and start Pro-Aging!

Here are 5 Pro-Aging Tips!

1. Drink your greens. Getting a good supply of whole food vitamins and minerals with a complete pro-biotic will keep your body alkaline and your organs will function properly. Here’s a good place to get them online (cheaper than at Whole Foods): http://www.macrolifenaturals.com/

2. Get moving! Take a brisk 1 mile walk every day. Incorporate yoga, zumba or hiking into your week and lubricate your joints while strengthening and toning your muscles.

3. Drink plenty of water and get rid of sodas or other drinks that add nothing but junk to your bloodstream. Red wine is good, but keep hard liquor to a minimum.

4. Get connected to a community of like-minded people. Join a mastermind group or a faith-based group and grow yourself. This is the time for self-actualization folks. There is so much to learn and so many people wanting to share their wisdom. Get plugged in!

5. Do more of the things you enjoy doing. Take more long weekend trips with those you love. Watch more movies. Read more books. Make more jewelry. Do what you love and love what you do.

lisa-knellerLisa Kneller is the publisher of MidlifeLivingWell.com, a lifestyle magazine dedicated to empowering mid-lifers in creating exuberant health, financial security and abundance in everyday living. Her aim in life is to inspire others to live to their fullest potential in mind, body and spirit. 

Having taught yoga in the Phoenix area for 10 years, Lisa enjoys seeing others light up and restore as they move their bodies and begin resting their minds. She combines her love of yoga and marketing to help others become their best selves through her inbox magazine,www.midlifelivingwell.com 

Lisa has been married to her husband for 27 years and has two adult children. Almost an empty nester, she continues to maintain a full-time life of service in teaching yoga, publishing and church ministries.

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Kathleen Cleary is a Caregiver Coach and Consultant helping Professional Women find the answers they need to continue living their best life while caring for aging parents. As a Certified Senior Advisor, she offers Seniors and their adult children customized plans of care as well as resources and information to help them navigate the challenges of aging.

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Ann March 28, 2013 at 1:29 am

Hi Kathleen. I just read Lisa Kneller’s Pro-Aging in an Anti-Aging World on your website. Her comments about trying to be someone you’re not (i.e. looking younger) as you age, were right on!

I find that there is such a growing emphasis on getting rid of wrinkles and looking younger, and many marketers do not respect and acknowledge that there is a dignity in growing older that cannot, and should not, be denied.

Their approach does nothing to help those of us who are noticing the passing of the years to be calm with our situation – rather, it makes us impatient and causes us not to be happy with where we are in our lifespan.

Yesterday was my 69th birthday, and I was grumbling to my sister that I want to stay at this ‘9’ and not hit the next ‘0’. Whereupon she reminded me that she would be ecstatic to reach her next ‘0’!

You see she was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus last week … .

I was suitable chastened by her remark!

Thank you for your work!

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