5 Regrets You Don’t Want To Have In Your 60s

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“Age is just a number.” “You’re only as old as you feel.” “You’ve still got it.”

Those are all encouraging messages you’ve likely heard over the years, especially around your birthday. And while they’re great reminders that your age doesn’t determine who you are or what you’re capable of, there are certain things many people share feelings of regret about by the time their sixth decade rolls around.

Whether you’re 20 or 59 years old, there are things you can do now to prevent feeling disappointed when your 60th birthday arrives.

Neglecting Physical Exercise

As we get older, it becomes more difficult to maintain our health. Joints begin to ache, muscles seem weaker, and we get dehydrated more quickly.

But just because it’s not as easy as it used to be to exercise doesn’t mean we need to stay on the couch. Neglecting your health and your body can turn into a major regret when you hit the big 6-0.

Weight and strength training can help build weak muscles and ease some of the aches and pains throughout your body. These types of workout regimens stimulate the growth of strong bones, which protects against pain, fractures and osteoporosis.

Losing Touch With Your Loved Ones

​Over the years, people’s lives take different turns. Marriages, children, moving, new careers — there may be many reasons why you’ve lost touch with friends and family over the years.

You don’t want to move through your 60s without ever reaching out and telling your loved ones how much they mean to you.

Make it a point to reach out to a different old friend or family member every week. It could be a handwritten note, email or even a text message to catch up. You might even reignite an old romance.

Taking Poor Care of Your Skin

Thanks to drier skin as we age, we can say goodbye to adult acne. However, we now have a new list of setbacks to overcome.

If there’s anything that gives away age, it’s wrinkles. If you haven’t taken care of your skin in the past, it’s going to be difficult to rectify the damage. But there are still ways to protect your skin today that can carry into the future.

Always wearing SPF on your face when you’re outside, even in indirect sunlight, can help prevent sun damage, wrinkles and sun spots. Moisturizing will also prevent your skin from drying out.

Need some ideas on things you can do now? Here are healthy and natural ways you can look younger.

No Longer Having Sex

Speaking of romance, sex when you’re in your 60s can be more enjoyable than ever before. It’s scientifically proven: 67% of women in their 60s are satisfied with their sex lives.

If your bedroom life is feeling lack-luster, spice things up with your partner. Don’t be afraid to show off the self-confidence you’ve gained over the years.

Not Establishing an Estate Plan

The most selfless action on the list is an important item you won’t want to regret down the line. Preparation of your estate today can safeguard your loved ones in the future.

As much as we all want to put it off, an estate plan will protect your heirs from paying excessive fees, taxes and other legal expenses. This can also help prevent any potential family drama during such unfortunate and emotional circumstances.


  • Joan Lunden

    An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, television host, and motivational speaker, Joan Lunden has been a trusted voice in American homes for more than 40 years. For nearly two decades, Lunden greeted viewers each morning on Good Morning America making her the longest running female host ever on early morning television. She is an ardent health & senior advocate. Joan is the host the PBS television series, Second Opinion with Joan Lunden. She also hosts the Washington Post Podcast series, Caring for Tomorrow on the future of healthcare. One of the most visible women in America, Lunden has graced the covers of more than 60 magazines and book covers. Her newest book, Why Did I Come into This Room: A Candid Conversation About Aging quickly became a New York Times Best Seller. Learn more at: joanlunden.com

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