What's Your Biggest Health Regret?
Not Wearing Sunscreen
"I wish somebody had told me to start using sunscreen when I was younger 'cause I grew up in the '70s... and at that time, I used to coat my body with baby oil. I think it's so important that we learn to be as careful as we possibly can and not only for beauty, but for skincare."
Not Making Exercise Fun
"[I regret] not making exercise fun and part of my daily routine. I struggle with it now, and I think if I had learned how to integrate it into my daily life when I was younger, I'd be much healthier and happier."
—Anda T of Leaving Fatville
Getting a Boob Job
"My biggest regret? Well, I got my boobs done in my early 20's and if I had known it would or could possibly have impacted production of milk, I would never have had them done. I love being a mom."
My All-or-Nothing Attitude
"I had to 'get my sweat on' and go all crazy or it wasn't a 'good workout.' It was dumb. I missed all the fabulous nuances of fitness, exploring a yoga pose (also really hard!), or the joy of a walk over a sprint... Now that I'm older I try to balance between the two because I do still love a t-shirt soaking workout, but I like a moderate hike through the woods too."
—Lisa J of Modern Pilates
My Answer to This Question
"I eat cupcakes and I don't work out! But if you ask me in 10 years, I'm going to regret answering that way now. I don't even drink water, I'm terrible! I’m 24 now, so I guess I’ve been very, very lucky that it doesn’t show that I like to eat. I should probably start working out I guess…"
Making My Life too Convenient
"I didn't realize it until my sister pointed it out to me, but I'd do things like put a garbage can in every room in my house so I didn't have to walk too far, have a vacuum on each floor of the house, park as close to the building as I could, take the elevator even up two flights of stairs just because the kids love it, use riding lawn mowers, etc."
Sleeping in My Makeup
"I used to always fall asleep in my makeup. My skin was perfect and then I fell asleep with all my makeup on. I woke the next morning and was like, 'Why did I do that?' I hate myself every time I do it.''
Exercising Too Much
"[I regret] spending five or six hours a day working out in high school. It trained my metabolism to think I could eat whatever I wanted and trained my brain to think I deserved to eat whatever I wanted. Now that I'm in the real world, where it's just not possible to commit more than one hour a day tops to exercise, I feel like I can't ever catch up."
Carrying Extra Weight
"[I] had issues with weight—I carried this protective 20 pounds [in college]. It was all connected. And to me, that’s a health regret.”
"I thought I was too 'old' in my 20's to be active, that it would be too 'hard' to be healthy, and that I was meant to be fat and sedentary."
"Me and alcohol are not friends... [After a night of binge drinking] I walked past the mirror and caught a glimpse of someone. I had no idea who she is.'
Drinking too Much Soda
"[I regret] drinking too much soda and not enough milk and water from elementary age till I was about 30. Now I'm in my mid 40's, worried about my bones as I age."
Not Taking Care of My Skin
"[I didn't] take care of my beautiful skin when I was younger. I took it for granted, soaked up more sun than I should have. I hope my daughter, Megan, reads this and remembers to cleanse and moisturize!"
Not Recording My Fitness Fashion
"[I regret] not taking more photos of me in my fitness outfits from the '80s and '90s. I wore those double leg warmers and bandanas with pride and color coordination, don't you know! But did I get pics? And do I have record of my full-body leotards and long tights with feet in them? I think not."
—Kymberly W of Fun and Fit
"Upgrading" My Run
"[I regret] running daily (5+ miles) with those 5 lb. ankle weights strapped on each leg. I'm sure that's why my knees and hips are so out of whack now!"
Taking a Break While Pregnant
"I ate whatever I wanted and didn't exercise during my last pregnancy. I thought I deserved a break after being healthy through the preceding four pregnancies. Oh the damage I did."
Letting Myself Off the Hook
"[I regret] not finding an exercise I enjoyed and letting myself off the hook with 'I don't like sports'."