Tom Hale: Fitness and Active Travel
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. 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. Not only do these keep me going on my active trips, but they guide me in my every day well-being. Hope this helps!
- Set goals: Measure times, distances, etc. and strive toward improving
- Be flexible: Keep your goals in mind, but allow for change
- Try different workouts: For balance, injury prevention and to avoid burnout
- Rest: It’s OK to rest–don’t feel guilty when you need a day off
- Make your fitness routine fun: Involve friends, try new routes or take active vacations
- Get your family on board: It’s great quality time, it’s motivational and it gets the kids away from their screens
- Eat well: Eating healthy makes you feel better and enables you to be even more active
- Be realistic: Develop a system that’s sustainable with your lifestyle
- Be honest with yourself: If something isn’t working, ditch it and try something else
- Make it natural: You’re never too busy to exercise and you don’t need an expensive gym or trainer–just go outside and move
- Know you can: You’re never too old or too unfit to get in shape
- Get the right gear: The weather is never too cold, too hot, nor too inclement to exercise (you just need better gear)
Do you have any tips to add? Let me know below.