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5 Misconceptions About Aging Revealed

Updated on December 11, 2017
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Dancer, choreologist (movement notator), author on fitness and health, and Fellow of the Benesh Institute at the Royal Academy of Dance.

A happy looking older woman in a non-western culture.
A happy looking older woman in a non-western culture. | Source

Sure, we change as we grow older but aging does not have to make us unattractive or weak. On the contrary, you can be strong, healthy and happy at any age. You can feel great and be beautiful during your entire lifetime without any surgery, drugs, synthetic supplements, hormones, or any other artificial cosmetic intervention. Learn how to age gracefully with ...

  • self care
  • nature
  • common sense and
  • practice

you can remain as young as you feel, become aware of your body, and take matters in your own hands with a newly acquired sense of body awareness. But first we must debunk some anti-aging misconceptions.

Feeling Old Already?

Feeling old at the sight of your first grey hair in your early thirties? Then think again. Say you are planning to live up to 90 or a hundred. Well, then you might as well get used to being old because with your attitude, you are going to be old for at least two-thirds of your lifetime. Instead, look upon aging as a process of growth and development, a constant renewal of your former self towards the unfolding of your optimum personality. It is an interesting and fun journey that you will never regret having started here today.

Good Looking Elderly Gentleman
Good Looking Elderly Gentleman

What is Age?

The fact that we were born on a certain date in history is merely one of many factors that determine our real age. And this poses the question: What is Age? Is your age the length of time your body has been in existence since birth, or is your age your body's degree of dilapidation?

It is both of those. Take two identical cars, for example, both manufactured in 1975. One of them died long ago, the other has been kept and cared for by an antique car expert and is driving today better than ever before.

Yes, TLC is the keyword when it comes to graceful aging, not anti-aging products.

Biological Versus Chronological Age

Your chronological age (how old your are) is a very poor summary of the age of your individual parts, your biological age.The skin renews itself entirely every five years. This process slows down with age, but still, the fact is: you are not now wearing the skin you were born with. The same applies to your organs, your hair and nails. Your big toenail is only about a year old. Every new muscle unit that you train while exercising is as new as when you started training for it. And what about your brain cells? Hopefully, they are still growing strong as you learn new things every day. In this way, it is possible to assess one’s biological age as opposed to a mere steadfast chronological age. So what are the first signs of aging?

What Are the First Signs of Aging?

The first signs of aging are:

  1. Poor Head Carriage
  2. Stoop
  3. Hanging Jaw-line
  4. Thinner lips, baggy eyes, facial wrinkles

The good news is that all these can, to a great extent, easily be corrected and avoided in a natural way without falling into the trap of the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. How? Read on...

1. Poor Head Carriage

Watch how small children carry their heads well centered above the spine. A child’s head is proportionately much bigger and heavier than an adult’s head and, therefore, much harder to carry with the child’s smaller neck muscles. Now if small children were to carry their heads in front of their bodies like so many adults do, they would simply fall over forwards.

Understanding Gravity

Pretend for a moment that your spine is a post and your head is a ball balancing on that post. If the ball is not placed exactly above the post, the force of gravity will make it fall off, right? Simply pull the head back and upwards to place it in its correct central position. It should feel like someone is pulling your head upwards and back by a high ponytail.

How to Carry the Head

Simple illustration to explain that unless the head is carried centrally above the spine, it is more likely to "fall down" forward. Carry the head up and back while keeping the chin down to combat poor posture and avoid  neck pain
Simple illustration to explain that unless the head is carried centrally above the spine, it is more likely to "fall down" forward. Carry the head up and back while keeping the chin down to combat poor posture and avoid neck pain | Source

2. A Stoop Leads to Chronic Neck Pain

Keeping The Head In Correct Alignment

During a lifetime of doing things with the hands and eyes, concentrating all actions downwards and in front of the body, most adults’ heads are carried permanently in an unbalanced forward and down position. Carrying the head in front of the body requires a lot of unnecessary effort by the neck and upper back muscles, making you unnecessarily tired, bad tempered, and often causes chronic headache, migraine, and pain in the neck, upper back, and shoulder areas. Plus... when the head is carried in front of the body instead of above the spine, you are well on your way to looking old. If the condition is too severe, the use of a neck traction device in addition to remedial exercise can help speed up recovery.

Chipmunk Cheeks

When humans eat like chipmunks, their cheeks sag like empty bags over time.
When humans eat like chipmunks, their cheeks sag like empty bags over time.

3. A Hanging Jaw-line

In both men and women, one of the first sign of aging in the face manifests itself in a break (a sag) in the continuity of the jaw-line (like a bulldog). As usual, gravity doesn't help. All the more reason for hanging upside down. To understand the phenomenon of ugly sagging cheeks, ask the question:" What is the purpose of having cheeks in the first place? Are cheeks muscle groups to aid in the chewing of food, or are they food storage units (bags) as they are in a hamster or chipmunk?

How to Eat

The way we eat affects facial movements. If the amount of food put into a mouth is larger than the space provided for it (the cavity between the closed jaws), some of the food will remain stored in the cheeks, at the outside of the jaw. Many people happily eat like this. Like a chipmunk, they put as much food into their mouth as it can hold, forgetting that the tongue needs space to move the food around so it can be chewed. When two-thirds of a large mouthful is stored in the cheeks, it stretches the cheeks, causing them eventually to become bags when they are empty. A better way of eating is to take a small bite, only as big as your teeth can immediately cope with. Chew, swallow and empty your mouth before putting the next bite in.

There are some easy to learn facial exercises you can do to tone up your face to prevent your jaw-line drooping. Other exercises for the chin and neck area can help you get rid of a short neck or double chin.

4. Thinner Lips, Baggy Eyes, Wrinkles

The wrinkles of an aging face are a true map of a person’s life history and attitude. The bottom line is: don’t leave your baggage on your face. If your face reflects all the misery you have encountered during your life, it is not going to be very attractive. You have a choice.

You can look miserable or you can start doing facial exercises to control your facial movements towards a happier and more positive facial behaviour. The beauty is, it works both ways. When you exercise your face, you are going to feel happier and more positive in the bargain, so go for it, give it a try to see and feel the results.

If you are worried about losing your youthful appearance, there is now no need to resort to surgery. This guide clearly explains how you can smooth away wrinkles, banish puffy eyes, firm up saggy cheeks and eradicate double chins - the natural way. To get fast results, these facial exercises can easily be incorporated into your daily life habits with modified movement patterns.

A fit face doesn't sag as much. Then wrinkles don't matter.
A fit face doesn't sag as much. Then wrinkles don't matter.

The 5 Misconceptions About Aging

The internet is full of “anti-aging secrets” claiming “scientific” proof that pills and cosmetic products can combat the aging process. Just remember that the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries are out there for the sole purpose of making huge profits. No man-made product can beat your own, common sense decision to take responsibility, and to do something the natural way against premature signs of aging. Without resorting to cosmetics, drugs, artificial vitamins, hormones, or surgery, let us examine and uncover some of the misconceptions about aging.

Misconception No.1 Revealed - Cosmetics Make you Look Younger

No cosmetic products claiming to eliminate wrinkles, to feed and clean the skin really work. Make-up products blocks the pores of the skin so the skin is unable to "breathe" and ensure that enough damage is done to the skin to create a greater demand for more cosmetic products to repair the damage done by make-up worn daily on the face. Hair products, especially hair dyes are actually designed to ruin the natural quality of hair so the consumer buys more hair products to repair the damage done by the cosmetics industry.

I speak from personal experience. I did the research, even wrote a book about facial exercise and hair care called Natural Facelift. Once I stopped using cosmetics and make-up on a daily basis and began doing subtle facial exercises, my face looked and felt much better. Once I stopped dying my hair, the hair regained its natural lustrous health and thickness. So please stay away from cosmetics unless an occasional special event demands that you dress up.

Misconception No.2 Revealed - The Menopause is a Nuisance

The menopause did not exist during my grandmother's generation. It had not yet been invented by the pharmaceutical industry. So women got on with their lives, glad to finally be rid of the monthly mess and physical discomforts of menstruation.

Today the general female population in developed countries believes in the mythical symptoms of the menopause which are hyped to be:

Losing your Looks
Some older people are more beautiful in their 60's than they ever were in their twenties. It just depends on who they have become and what kind of lifestyle they lead. Remember that real beauty is a reflection of what a person is and feels like inside.

Hot Flushes and Night Sweats
Feeling hot suddenly? Take a jumper off, open the window. What is the problem? Maybe your friendly body is telling you to be more comfortable, Duh!

Mood Swings
Being bad tempered is a mindset. A mood swing occurs when your thoughts generate negative emotions like feeling stressed, worried, sad or angry. You can control your thoughts and relax your mind. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and meditate. In the subconscious world of alpha waves, the brain cleanses itself from unwanted clutter (repetitive bad thoughts) to make room for positive, constructive thinking. Learn to meditate to control your mood.

Diminished Libido
Those of you who are afraid of losing your libido, rest assured. The sensory parts of sexual organs are in no way affected by age, on the contrary.

Stay off the Pills
Needless to say that pills are readily available claiming to cure all the above (invented) symptoms. Stay well clear of them and their nasty side effects.

The Menopause - an Excuse for Bad Behaviour

The menopause is an invention by big pharma which did not exist 2 generations ago.
The menopause is an invention by big pharma which did not exist 2 generations ago. | Source

Misconception No.3 Revealed - Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

Restore Your Hormones to Youthful Levels. Loss of energy, libido and stamina are the symptoms that usually drive patients into the waiting rooms of anti-aging doctors. They're also the "classic" symptoms of declining hormone levels and the reason hormone-replacement therapy is the no. 1 weapon in the arsenal of anti-aging medicine.”


What is the logic behind HRT? It increases estrogen, the female sex hormone, which is designed by nature to help women make babies, but who wants to have babies at 50? The symptoms of the menopause are invented by drug pushers. Women who have succumbed to the HRT pharmaceutical brainwashing also increase their risk of getting cancer (another for-profit industry). Some of my older clients who start taking HRT behave like teenagers at 50. They turn up to my fitness classes with pink ribbons in their hair, wearing ra-ra mini skirts, talking about their 30 years junior celebrity actors or pop stars. If only they knew that the so-called "missing" hormones are not needed to feel young, randy, strong and happy.

Misconception No.4 Revealed - We Need Antioxidants and Vitamin Supplements

Scaremongering with the dreaded free radicals is one of the favorite selling tactics for pills falling under the label “antioxidants”.

“Free radicals contribute to the onset of age-related diseases and antioxidants "neutralize" free radicals. Everyone should "take a combination of antioxidants" through diet and supplementation.”


Eating vegetables like tomatoes, squash, spinach, and carrots for carotene and blue and purple berries for flavonoids provide you with all the antioxidants you will ever need. We can only get the full antioxidant benefits from eating real plants. Recent studies (see link below) show that people who take supplements appear not to live any longer than those who do not.

Do you Take Vitamin and Mineral Supplements?

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Misconception No.5 Revealed - Human Growth Hormones Preserve Youth

Production of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone in women and testosterone in men decreases rapidly after age 35", say the anti-aging doctors.

For those who can afford up to $300 a month, "Human growth hormone (HGH) is the best treatment we currently have for preserving vitality until the end of your normal genetic lifespan", says Anti-aging physician Richard LeConde, who at age 52, has been injecting himself daily with HGH for the past 5 years.


Why would anyone want to take synthetically produced hormone pills? Surely you don’t need as much estrogen once you are past childbearing age. Why take extra progesterone when its side effects are an increase in the risk of blood clots, stroke, heart attack, and breast cancer?

You don't have to Shrink with Age

Stretch up, hang upside down!
Stretch up, hang upside down! | Source

We Don't Really Shrink with Age

It’s just a question of how the spine and neck are aligned and carried. A "shrunk" person is merely over-curved, folded like an accordion by gravity. In this respect, it is imperative that a good posture is maintained throughout a lifetime. The easiest and most pleasant way of stretching one's entire body upward is the use of gentle traction on a Gravity Inversion Table. Watch the next short video to find out more.

You Really Want To Grow? Invert Gravity by Hanging Upside Down

A gravity inversion table helps you do just that. Gentle traction in the opposite direction to the norm stretches out the whole body towards the sky. Originally designed to prevent and cure backache, it also works wonders to re-align the skeleton, loosen the joints, perform fun and easy exercises, and make you feel strong and agile. Once you've bought a gravity inversion table and use it at least once a week, you can remain as fit and nimble as a child. And, because hanging upside down stretches and straightens out the whole body in an inverted position, yes, it will make you grow a little, and will certainly prevent shrinking.

No More Barbie Doll Syndrome

Having revealed the 5 misconceptions about aging, let us now scrutinize another common idea. It is evident from the next video, that public opinion is biased by the media. The 20 so called most beautiful women over 50 all have expensive hair styles and hair extensions, face lifts, botox, lots of make-up, false eyelashes, false boobs, whitened teeth implants, lip implants, and, to make it all better... anti-depressant pills. Why do they all aim to look like 20-year-old Barbie dolls? Imagine what these women look like when they first wake up in the morning, without all the trimmings and make-up on their faces. Do you really want to look like a patched up Barbie doll?

Instead, you can learn how to age gracefully by revealing the beauty of your true age and you will feel a lot better and younger for it.

How to Really Age Gracefully without the Misconceptions

No pills

At your own risk, consult your physician if you trust him, don't quote me. Cut out, give up, abandon, throw down the toilet all pills.


Eat a diet low in saturated fat (animal fat from meat, butter and cheese). Any fat that is solid at body temperature will clog up your arteries. Go for a diet that is high in carbohydrates. The standard advice from the US government is to consume 5 fruits and vegetables and 3 servings of whole grains daily for vitamins and minerals and all other healthful micronutrients in plants. Drink five to eight glasses of water a day.


Regular stretching and aerobic exercise is a "must-do" for anyone committed to slowing the aging process, agree experts. Exercise combats the loss of stamina and can improve muscle strength, balance, and bone density at any age. But why torture yourself on machines at the gym as punishment for aging? Exercise with body awareness is an interesting and pleasant journey towards physical and spiritual self-improvement.

Both the body and the face can be trained and looked after for optimum looks, feel, and performance at any age. A natural and sensible way to age gracefully is to identify the first signs of ugly, debilitating aging problems and do something about them.

No matter whether you are 0 or a 100, you can always be beautiful.
No matter whether you are 0 or a 100, you can always be beautiful. | Source

No Time to Exercise? Create New Habits

I know there is no time to exercise all day in an endeavor to age gracefully. But once a particular feature has been identified as needing special attention, you can learn to correct the condition and, with enough attention and repetition new, better habits replace old, bad ones.

For example, as soon as you take notice of your posture and learn to carry yourself better, it becomes second nature, automatic, and you never have to think about that ever again. On the contrary, holding yourself badly then becomes uncomfortable.

Beautiful at One Hundred

My mother Ata Kando celebrating her 100tth birthday
My mother Ata Kando celebrating her 100tth birthday | Source

Skin Care and Facial Toning

Skincare and facial toning can be achieved naturally with a good diet, staying out of the hot sun, spending more time outdoors than indoors, and using homemade natural cosmetic products.

Resources for Natural Skin Care:

Natural Face Care with Home Made Cosmetics


Now that we have revealed the 5 misconceptions about aging, you are ready to age healthy and gracefully without surgery or pills. Questioning the pharmaceutical and cosmetics myths is a continuous, interesting and rewarding process of self-improvement. It also eliminates all negative aspects of aging. In the same way that every other part of your body can be kept looking toned, fit and alert with living food and targeted exercise, so can every part of your face. Are you ready to be transformed into a more positive, strong, alert and beautiful person at whatever age?

Further Resources

Recent Studies on Aging

Gravity Inversion

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    • BANKIMPANDEY profile image


      5 months ago from INDIA

      So well explained each concept

    • Anita Hasch profile image

      Anita Hasch 

      9 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      I don't worry about age as I still feel young. However, the wrinkles

      really worry me. Pity I started using aloe vera so late. The African sun does not help one bit.

    • Sue Adams profile imageAUTHOR

      Juliette Kando FI Chor 

      9 months ago from Andalusia

      You are so right Harry it's all relative to how you feel. Animals don't worry about their age until they really suffer from body malfunctions. Humans approaching 40 think they're getting old. Well, if you live to be 90, you're gonna feel old for more than half your life! What a shame.

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      Larry W Fish 

      9 months ago from Raleigh

      Looking at things from a man's point of view I much rather see a person, man or woman age naturally. I have never liked a woman that uses to much makeup. I will be 70 years old in a few months and people tell me that I look like I am in my mid fifties. My wife will be 73 in May and people always tell he that she look like a fifty year old. I think people worry to much about age.

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      Mary Norton 

      9 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow, your Mom at 100 is very inspiring. I am now 66 and I have not used supplements except for a year when the doctor told me to take B-12 but after a year even he stopped that. I think that head carriage is key. I see that aunts who have had ballet or dance have kept their posture well and look nice even at 90.

    • Anita Hasch profile image

      Anita Hasch 

      2 years ago from Port Elizabeth

      Really enjoyed your article. So true.

    • Sue Adams profile imageAUTHOR

      Juliette Kando FI Chor 

      2 years ago from Andalusia

      Hi Michelle,

      If you read the paragraph just above the video of the "so called" 20 most beautiful women video, you will see that I entirely agree with you. That is exactly what I am saying, namely:

      "The 20 so called most beautiful women over 50 all have expensive hairstyles and hair extensions, face lifts, botox, lots of make-up, false eyelashes, false boobs, whitened teeth implants, lip implants, and, to make it all better... anti-depressant pills. "

      Please read before making false accusations.

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      Michelle Luck 

      2 years ago

      Just wanted to point out to you that your list of "20 beautiful women over 50" includes women very well known for having plastic surgery. If you are going to tout about aging naturally, you should only have women in that film who actually are not half (or more) plastic. Just sayin.....

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      Anita Hasch 

      2 years ago from Port Elizabeth

      Super hub

    • Sue Adams profile imageAUTHOR

      Juliette Kando FI Chor 

      3 years ago from Andalusia

      Sorry peachpurple,

      I don't know what you mean with:

      "No secret to ageing beautifully but gracefully"

      Can you elaborate?

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      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      No secret to aging beautifully but gracefully

    • Sue Adams profile imageAUTHOR

      Juliette Kando FI Chor 

      4 years ago from Andalusia

      Thank you Jackie! For those of you who don't know famous photographer Ata Kando, she is my mum, turned 101 years old last September and still going strong. You can see her on the last picture.

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      Radha Jackie 

      4 years ago

      Congratulations to Ata, love the photo, she looks great!

    • Sue Adams profile imageAUTHOR

      Juliette Kando FI Chor 

      4 years ago from Andalusia

      Hi Shades of Truth, thank you for your positive comment. Yes, we must spread the word to get rid of miss-conceptions about aging.

      B.t.w. we just celebrated my mom's 101st birthday and she is still going strong

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      Emily Tack 

      4 years ago from USA

      I really enjoyed reading what you wrote, and couldn't help but think of all of the people I know, whose attitude ages them. We deal with the public every day, and have seen some "aged" young people, and some very youthful elderly people.

      Great, comprehensive article!

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      Evie Dawson 

      4 years ago

      Oh lovely..... I had a great time reading your article... Thanks for the amazing words.

    • Sue Adams profile imageAUTHOR

      Juliette Kando FI Chor 

      5 years ago from Andalusia

      You are welcome Mar, glad you enjoyed it.

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      Mar Jakobi 

      5 years ago

      guauuu!!!!...thanks soooo much...brilliant exacited to start usig all those tricks!!!! muaccc

    • Sue Adams profile imageAUTHOR

      Juliette Kando FI Chor 

      5 years ago from Andalusia

      Hello Maralexa,

      Thank you for your kind comment. I enjoyed reading your Hub "I Do Not Feel Old!". You are putting oldies into the right frame of mind.

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      Marilyn Alexander 

      5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      Hi Sue. What a gorgeous hub! It is just great to see so many beautiful older faces. To me it is so amazing how uplifting a smile can be. I will look further into inversion therapy and your natural facelift book.

      Many thanks, Up, awesome, interesting, beautiful and shared.

    • Sue Adams profile imageAUTHOR

      Juliette Kando FI Chor 

      5 years ago from Andalusia

      Hello Savvydating,

      Thank you for dropping by. Yes, posture is one of the main elements of beauty, comfort, and efficiency of movement.

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      5 years ago

      You've written a beautifully constructed hub. I read it from beginning to end. One thing I am thankful for is that my mother always insisted that I stand/sit up straight. This has done so much good for me in so many ways. I always tell women to watch their posture (to attract men and exude confidence) however, you've gone above and beyond why it is so important. Your entire hub is fabulous! Up and awesome.

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      Mike Elzner 

      6 years ago from Oregon

      Oh so true, there are no real secrets we are all ageing and nothing can change that. Simple self care is the best solution for graceful ageing.


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