I gave up swimming at 14 because it gave me muscly shoulders

LOUISE Minchin says her biggest regret was giving up swimming as a teenager because she was unhappy with the way it made her look.

Speaking at The Sun’s International Women’s Day event, the former BBC Breakfast presenter urged an audience of teenage girls never to give up sport for the same reason she did.

The TV personality said she gave up swimming because it gave her muscly shouldersCredit: louiseminchin/Twitter

Louise joined Anne Hegerty, Charlene White and Ferne McCann for The Sun's International Women's Day event

Louise joined Anne Hegerty, Charlene White and Ferne McCann for The Sun’s International Women’s Day eventCredit: Paul Edwards

“I was a good swimmer,” she explained. “I loved it, and I went every single day. 

“Then one day I looked in the mirror and I thought, ‘Oh gosh, I’ve got really muscly shoulders. I don’t like them and I know it’s swimming,’ so I gave it up.

“I find that absolutely devastating to this day.” 

Louise hosted a panel discussion with The Chase’s Anne Hegerty, Loose Women star Charlene White and reality star Ferne McCann for the International Women’s Day Event, held at The Sun’s London HQ.

The 53-year-old journalist, who now competes in marathons and triathlons, told the audience of 100 teenagers from the Girls Network and Greig City Academy that she would tell her younger self to stick to sport. 

“Over 30 years later, I took up sports again and now I take part in sport pretty much every single day,” she said.

“I go all over the world competing in triathlons, and my message to all of you, if you do a sport you love, stick to it. 

“It’s an immense physical and mental help to me, it helps me get through really tough times at work and at home, so carry that on if you can. Don’t give up for 30 years.”

Louise recently appeared on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here

Louise recently appeared on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of HereCredit: Rex

Louise – who left the BBC last year after 20 years and appeared on I’m A Celeb – admitted the thing she is most proud of in her career is helping to start a national conversation about the menopause.

She said: “I’m proud that I talked about the menopause on BBC Breakfast because it was genuinely breaking down taboos.

“It’s not the kind of thing that people talked about on the telly. 

“So I chose to do that in front of six million people and I’m proud because that enabled a lot of other people to have a conversation.”

Action woman Louise recently cycled a staggering 1,200km through South America with global adventure operator Rat Race.

The broadcaster recently revealed her latest career move – hosting the Push Your Peak podcast, interviewing incredible people who have carried out superhuman feats.

Writing on Instagram, Louise said: “Push Your Peak is a brand new podcast brought to you by Wattbike. Join me, Louise Minchin, and some of the world’s most incredible sportspeople to learn what it takes mentally and physically to push yourself beyond your limits.

“Whether you are an elite or everyday athlete, it can be hard to continually progress.

“How do you push yourself out of your comfort zone? Where do you go to find that inner drive?

“Tune in to hear these inspiring stories and take away the belief that you can achieve your own goals no matter how big or small.”

Louise is a fitness fanatic

Louise is a fitness fanatic

Louise hosted a panel discussion to celebrate International Women's Day

Louise hosted a panel discussion to celebrate International Women’s DayCredit: Paul Edwards

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