Tom Hale on fitness
I used to be pretty serious about the whole competitive running thing. I’ve run my whole life. And I’ve run myself into the ground—quite literally. I’ve had plenty of injuries. Too many, in fact. And those injuries prompted me to develop Tom Hale Total Health. I’ve spent a lot of time figuring out what works for me, and I’ve learned a few things over the years. For instance, I am still only too happy to take a 10 mile trail run, but now I do it without getting injured.
Below, you’ll find a quick list of some of my favorite fitness tips. Hope this helps!
- Measure everything (see my post on Quality Obsession)
- Motivation is key
- Make goals and work toward them
- Keep your goals in mind, but be flexible and allow for change
- Balance is essential
- You’ll need to rest sometimes, and that’s okay
- Make your fitness routine fun
- Get your family on board; it’s easier to maintain if they support you
- Choose healthy friends
- Invest in good shoes—be careful with the minimalist craze. I prefer the new maximalist
- Diet matters
- Buy a great light for night running/walking/biking
- Develop a system that’s sustainable
- Be honest with yourself—if something isn’t working, ditch it!
- Identify your bad habits, your challenges, and learn to overcome them
- You’re never too busy to exercise
- You don’t need a gym membership
- You don’t need a personal trainer
- You’re never too old or too unfit to get in shape
- The weather is never too cold, too hot, nor too inclement to exercise (you just need better gear)