17 real women and celebs reveal what they wish they'd known
Not Wearing Sunscreen
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"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
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"[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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"[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
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"[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.”
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"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."
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"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
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"[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
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"[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
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"[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
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"[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
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"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
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"[I regret] not finding an exercise I enjoyed and letting myself off the hook with 'I don't like sports'."