Tuesday, May 5, 2020

A Glimpse Into What I May Look Like at Age 85 in the Year 2050

This is a manipulated photo of how I may look 30 years from now, at the age of 85 in the year 2050. I was recently playing with one of those photo filters that gives you a glimpse into what you might look like later on in life. Currently, I'm 55 with no gray hair and few wrinkles. I'm fortunate to have a lot of pigment cells in my hair follicles -- holding off graying, for now -- and during my running career I was particular about always wearing a hat and sunglasses, which has helped to cut down on wrinkles as I've aged.

I must say, it's somewhat strange to have a peek into what I may look like 30 years from now. It kind of reminds me of the 1989 movie Back to the Future Part II when teenager Marty McFly used a time machine to go 30 years into the future where he would be 47 years old. By the way, in February of this year Back to the Future -- The Musical opened in Manchester, England at the Manchester Opera House. Yep... Marty, Doc and all the rest are now on stage!

Here's some advice for hanging on to a younger look as long as possible: (1) go easy on tanning! Frequent sun exposure is linked to premature aging -- from wrinkles to sun spots; (2) stand up straight! Poor posture can make you look older; (3) get sleep! Sleep deprivation can increase aging at a cellular level; (4) don't drink alcohol regularly! Alcohol can negatively impact quality and quantity of your sleep -- particularly REM cycle -- and can dehydrate you, as well as have a negative effect on the body's ability to synthesize collagen... leading to more wrinkles; (5) get moving! Exercise boosts circulation -- which makes skin look healthful and youthful -- and increases muscle tone to help prevent sagging skin; (6) cut the smoking! Smoking causes many problems, including skin damage and premature wrinkles; (7) shed the stress! Emotional stress can age skin and cause wrinkles; (8) maintain proper weight! Extra weight can obscure your bone structure, increase sagging, and may emphasize creases in your face; (9) Hydrate... inside and out! Drink water and use moisturizer to help combat aging skin; and, (10) cut down on screen staring! Those hours spent staring at your phone or computer -- squinting and neck-craning -- can promote wrinkles, according to researchers at the University Hospital of Nice, France. They also found that the blue light emitted from screens can actually cause skin pigmentation that makes you look older.

There are many age progression apps and filters available if you're interested to see what you may look like in the future. Try one and have a glimpse into your future appearance!

Keep Reaching For Life's Mileposts,

Paul Staso