Olympic gold medalist Gary Hall Jnr’s guide to finding your passion

With careful management, diabetes doesn’t need to stop anyone from attaining their goals. Discover Olympian Gary Hall Jr's top tips.

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Gary Hall Jr.

With Olympic gold medal wins spanning from 1996 – 2004, competitive swimmer Gary Hall Jr. has plenty of experience in maintaining his wellbeing while pushing his body to its limits. In 1999 he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and used it as an opportunity to show the world that, with careful management, diabetes doesn’t need to stop anyone from attaining their goals. Fourteen years after his diagnosis, he was inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame.

Now as much as ever, Gary still has a lot on his plate. He’s a healthcare consultant, children’s swimming instructor, parent, and diabetes patient advocate. Here, he shares what he’s learned about taking care of his wellbeing, powering his purpose and fitting in family time.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Gary Hall Jr.: I wake around 7 am. I start my day with a coffee ritual, MitoQ and a glass of water. Then I’ll have a light breakfast of fruit and yogurt. There are a few calls and emails and then I jump in the pool.

I started a side hustle about a year ago teaching swimming. I love it. Healthcare consulting is my real job but my passion is teaching kids how to swim. The process of replacing fear with confidence is rewarding. I laugh a lot.

My kids are 13 and 15 now. I like playing with them too. Sometimes I head out to play tennis or go surfing. I’ve got a California waterman lifestyle!

Gary Hall Jr. surfing

What are your non-negotiables when it comes to taking care of your wellbeing?

GHJ: I don’t eat food that you can buy in a gas station.

How do you fit time with family and friends into your busy schedule?

GHJ: My son Charlie sometimes helps me teach swim lessons. It’s a family business and it allows us to spend time together. I also like to have friends over from time to time for a BBQ.

Do you have any tips on fitting exercise into a busy schedule?

GHJ: Start small. Manage expectations. Good things take time. Be consistent. Don’t overdo it when starting in on a long-term goal.

How does MitoQ power your purpose?

GHJ: Outside of the learn to swim business, I work tirelessly on diabetes patient advocacy. I have type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease. I require insulin to manage it. MitoQ helps to keep me going and fuels my work within the diabetes community, making sure newly diagnosed kids know that if they manage their disease, anything is possible.

Can you offer any advice to our readers who are still be trying to work out what their purpose is?

GHJ: Success follows passion. Care. Know what you want and what makes you happy. And why it makes you happy. If you don’t know, search within. Then let passion soar.

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