Business Monday

CEOs include yoga, spinning, swimming in their fitness routines

Ramon ‘Ray’ Abadin, president of the Florida Bar and a civil trial attorney and shareholder at Sedgwick LLP.
Ramon ‘Ray’ Abadin, president of the Florida Bar and a civil trial attorney and shareholder at Sedgwick LLP.

This week’s question: What do you do for exercise? As someone who works long hours, do you have any tips for staying motivated and healthy?

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I try to eat healthy and go to the gym despite my busy travel schedule. Additionally, I practice mindful meditation, which provides a mental workout that helps keep me in balance.

Ramon Abadin, president, the Florida Bar, and partner, Sedgwick Law Firm

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Not enough. :)

Brian Brackeen, CEO, Kairos

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I have a daily yoga and meditation practice. I also try and spin 2-3 days a week. I believe that committing to a “healthy lifestyle” enhances both my work and personal life.

Carol Brooks, president and co-founder, CREC (Continental Real Estate Companies)

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I swim between four to six miles a week. I find that in addition to the exercise, it provides me with time to think. It is while I am in the swimming pool that I solve problems, and even argue with myself. The best tip I can provide is to ensure to incorporate “down” time into your schedule — whether to use it for a hobby, exercise, or to spend quality time with family and friends.

Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale, president, St. Thomas University

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I run three to four times a week, and I’m always chasing my kids around at home. At InterContinental Miami, we have an employee wellness program called “Happy Healthy Me,” which encourages nutritious eating, staying fit at the workplace, and making healthy life choices. We have team challenges to reward the ‘biggest losers’ and we all win with a little encouragement from each other. I also like to challenge myself with achievable goals that grow over time; maybe it’s running a 5K run in a few months and a half-marathon next year.

Robert Hill, general manager, InterContinental Miami

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My go-to exercise is a little bit of cardio followed by light weights. I will say though, that with my schedule, it is hard to make the time to exercise regularly, and even harder to stay motivated. The workday has a tendency to throw unexpected curve balls your way, which usually result in staying late, thus making it harder to make it to the gym. My advice is to exercise in the morning and get it out of the way.

Miriam Lopez, president/chief lending officer, Marquis Bank

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I try to do some form of physical activity every day. I do strength training three times a week with a personal trainer and the other days I try to walk two-three miles. Work and life sometimes get in the way, but I make exercising a priority. What keeps me motivated is my desire to be healthy so I can enjoy my family and friends.

Harve A. Mogul, president and CEO, United Way of Miami-Dade

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I run daily 3 to 5 miles and on the weekends, I cycle with friends for 35 to 45 miles. In addition, when in town, I make it a point to walk in the early hours with my wife and our dogs.

Mike Parra, CEO for DHL Express Americas

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I’m blessed to work at a place where — after a long day or week of work — I can simply take a few steps out of my routine and into a quiet zone — the theater, in my case, to enjoy a show. As some people say “The Arsht Center is my cultural spa.” Watching a live show unfold in front of me is all I need to recharge and refresh. It is an opportunity for me to get lifted and taken away into the fascinating worlds our artists create. This is what keeps me motivated and inspired.

M. John Richard, president, CEO, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

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As someone who works long hours, I can attest that it is difficult to stay motivated with an exercise schedule, so I keep it simple and cycle on the weekends with friends for about 2 hours.

Ania Rodriguez, CEO of Key Lime Interactive

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I start my day at 5:45 a.m. doing cardio and weights. I also meditate and practice yoga. My advice for staying motivated and healthy is: 1. Exercise in the morning. I find that there is a greater propensity to consistently work out if you do so to start your day, not at night when your energy level is drained; 2. Get an activity tracker. It is very motivating and you can compete with others through challenges; 3. Change up your workout to make it interesting. It will ensure you don’t get bored and look forward to your workout; 4. It only takes 30-45 minutes of exercise to be healthy. Make them count!

Rachel Sapoznik, CEO & president, Sapoznik Insurance

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Exercise is my lifeline! I do yoga daily, I run, I work with a trainer, I do classes at Barry’s Boot Camp; you name the physical activity and I’m up for it. Exercise keeps me feeling energetic, fit, and always at my best. To those struggling with a busy schedule, I recommend finding time to do some kind of exercise every day — no matter what it is or how short the duration. Find an activity you can do anywhere, like yoga, weight training, or running. That way, traveling is no excuse for getting out of your routine. Stick with it daily and it gets easier and easier. Exercise is addictive!

Ginny Simon, founder, CEO, ginnybakes

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