According to the Oxford English Dictionary Middle Age:
“The period after early adulthood and before old age, about 45 to 65.”
This not saying we are old, far from it, we are simply entering into a new part of our life’s, it means that we are no longer young, more mature, more experienced in life.
So, how old do you think YOU look?
Well, some middle-aged men think they look just great, whereas others may feel that they are starting to look old, older than they actually are.
But I guess most of us probably think we look about the right age, give or take a couple of years either side.
“The only thing that does not change is changing itself.” ~ Leif Ericsson Leo Veness
Either way, it’s not really based on your own perception of yourself, but more about how others see you. The way we carry ourselves, how you dress, your hairstyle and body shape, can also play a part in how old those around us think we might be.
So just what should a middle-aged man’s physical appearance look like at 40, 50, or 60 years of age?
How wrinkled should he be, how much elasticity should his skin still have, and how much weight can he expect to gain?
Here are few tips that may help you to look and feel great:
- Get a great haircut. Seriously – invest in a top barber who will give you a style that takes years off your age.
- Get a great smile. Talk with your dentist about what can be done to improve the whiteness of your smile and the evenness of your teeth. Having ‘young’ teeth can make your overall appearance much more youthful.
- Try some facials. Don’t laugh – they aren’t only for women. More and more men are opting for ‘beauty’ treatments. They can make quite a difference to your skin quality if done regularly. You may also want to invest in some male skin care products – cleanser, toner, and moisturiser – and use them daily. In less than a month your skin will look and feel so much better.
- Walk, stand and sit with great posture. Slouching can add years to anyone.
- Assess your physique with total honesty. Do you need to lose weight or tone up? Figure out what you are likely to stick at. Are you self-disciplined enough to go it alone – eating less, walking more, doing a home workout? Would you prefer the support of joining a slimming club? Or are you happy to join a gym and be guided by one of the personal trainers there?
- Assess your wardrobe. Do your clothes look out-of-date? Do they still fit you properly? Look at the men you know who are 10 to 15 years younger than you and take note of what they are wearing. Invest in a few new items to update your look and start to rebuild your wardrobe from there.
- Drink 9–13 cups a day and avoid anything sugary.
- Eat more fruits, since they help detox your body, in order to give your skin a nice glow.
- Moreover, be cleanly shaven all the time.
But don’t fear change, embrace it, accept it, and work with it rather than against it. Battling against the unavoidable dear reader will only make for a very woeful existence in the years to come.
But be warned, stress and ageing do not work well together!
The best things any man can do at or after middle age is to keep the fat off, eat right, and cut down, or stop altogether, those bad habits such as drinking alcohol and smoking. There’s plenty of help and resources around on how to go about achieving these things.
The Older we Get, the Faster we Age
It’s no big secret that at, or around the age of 50, the ageing process actually speeds up quite considerably, which is somewhat of a double whammy.
That doesn’t mean we should just sit back and let ourselves go. We might be getting older, but there’s no reason why we shouldn’t try to look and feel the best we can for the age we are.
The Acceptance of Change is the Key to Healthy Ageing
Inactivity, poor diet, and a pessimistic outlook, all contribute greatly towards premature ageing.
So if you’re someone who doesn’t really mind what you look like at middle age, then looking old for your years can almost be guaranteed, but be warned.
If you want to stay alive and find fulfilment during your middle age, and beyond, then middle-aged men need regular exercise.
This not only keeps you looking younger, but it will make you feel and function better, but it’ll extend your life too.
So how can you naturally take a few years off?
Well, I come up with 5 simple ideas which you may want to consider, nothing ground breaking on any of the seven, but like most things, in life, they need you to take action and stick with the changes.
It’s no big secret that when we turn 50, the ageing process tends to speed up quite a lot. Now that doesn’t mean that we put life on hold and weight for the grim reaper, it’s more about trying to hold onto what you have and improving the situation.
There’s no reason why we shouldn’t try to look and feel the best we can for the age we are.
So what should we look at?
Research indicates that men who don’t eat to excess tend to live longer and have fewer health problems in later life. So avoid putting unnecessary strain on your system by cutting down on your portions and make sure what you do eat is good for you-Its common sense.
There’s no need to starve yourself, simply learn to eat more slowly and learn to recognise the signs you’ve had enough rather than eating until you are stuffed.
It takes practice but will help increase your energy levels, cut your food bills and shrink your waistline.
Try to eat more green and red vegetables – high in antioxidants, they help battle the free radicals that can cause disease and lead to premature ageing.
Oily fish is another dietary super food containing Omega-3 fatty acids that help with heart, eye, joint and brain health. Try to eat 2-3 portions a week.
Cut down on the carbs, bread potatoes and pasta. If eating too much of these without regular exercise, it will go straight on to your middle, so remember calories in you need to burn off the same amount.
It’s not all about what to avoid, though. There are tonnes of delicious foods that are incredibly good for you. Men’s Fitness listed 20 foods that help keep you young. Some of the picks include fruits, veggies, whole grains, and even cheese.
Help minimise your wrinkles by drinking more water (why not down a glass every time you reach for a cup of coffee or tea and watch your alcohol intake glass for glass with water too?), and adopting healthy sun habits.
Slapping on sun cream at the same time as you put it on the kids both sets a good example and keeps you safe from the ageing – and potentially cancerous effects – of UVA and UVB. Check out more men’s skincare tips
Getting into the daily habit of caring for your skin doesn’t have to be time-consuming or difficult either
Add some colour to your clothes
Most guys tend to head toward clothes that are black, grey, and navy and may be brown for some occasions.
While those are great essential pieces, you can inject a lot more youth into your look by adding a different hue to your regular rotation. Men’s Fitness recommended finding something that brings out your eyes. Don’t just pick any green or blue, though. Instead, actually take a peek at your peepers to look for hints of other colours that are less obvious.
If you’re new to the colour game, AskMen offered some suggestions to get you started. But you don’t need to pick something that looks like it was designed by a 5-year-old either. The Wall Street Journal said to skip the crazy colors and go for jewel tones.
The key to looking younger could be as easy as lacing up your sneakers, heading out the door, and working up a sweat.
Interestingly, regularly working out can have a huge impact on your skin. The New York Times reported findings from a study that indicated exercise can make complexion appear dramatically more youthful. That’s definitely a reason to get your heart pounding.
Change Your Hair Style.
We have all been there, time for a haircut. ‘So what’s it to be?’ asks the hairdresser. For most men, it’s the stereo response.
“A simple trim, a tidy up, and maybe a bit of hair product to finish.”
When it comes to hair styles, men tend to settle into a happy groove and stay there. We don’t ask for any opinions as to whether the style still suits you, and what about the grey hair?
As we get older it seems natural to change your hairstyle that reflects your age. If you have any doubts, talk to your partner or better still speak to your barber or hairdresser.
Never be scared to ask for advice, get it right and it takes years off you.