Business Monday

Fitness, sleep, rest essential for traveling CEOs

Dr. Alejandro Badia is an orthopedic surgeon who leads a network of orthopedic urgent care centers called OrthoNOW based in Doral. The company has locations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
Dr. Alejandro Badia is an orthopedic surgeon who leads a network of orthopedic urgent care centers called OrthoNOW based in Doral. The company has locations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

I travel quite often for work, largely for educational and professional conferences, both domestically and internally. Those trips can involve stopping in three or four countries in the course of a month. The primary reason for my travel is to stay on top of all the latest developments in my field and to see patients. When one travels you have to try to always make healthy eating choices during the many delicious, calorie-rich business dinners. I also always try to pack running shoes in order to get some exercise in or do calisthenics in the hotel room if time is limited.

Alejandro Badia, orthopedic surgeon and founder, OrthoNOW

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Our work is inherently local and focused on the waterways of southeastern Florida, so I travel only occasionally for work, usually for conferences, to gatherings of fellow Waterkeepers around the nation, or for meetings with legislators and their staffs in Washington, D.C. I do try to pack a lot in when I travel, and it can be exhausting. I make an effort to visit with friends or to try local restaurants when I visit a new place, which keeps me engaged and exploring, even on a work trip.

Rachel Silverstein, executive director, Miami Waterkeeper

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Traveling for work depends on the week and month of the year. There are certain times when I am away on university business for 2, 3 or 4 days at a time – state, national and sector higher education meetings and university-related events. If flying, I increase my intake of water before, during and after the flight. An aisle seat is a must for me so I can walk a little. Since I do not sleep or nap on flights (have to help fly the plane!), I diversify my activities – reading for pleasure, answering emails, doing crossword and other puzzles on my iPad and always reading a newspaper or two.

Sister Linda Bevilacqua, president, Barry University

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Travel is a key part of my job because I am visiting our offices around the U.S. and worldwide, along with additional travel and speaking engagements for my role as president-elect of the American Bar Association. I try to limit the number of late night flights so I can get a good night’s sleep. As much as my schedule will allow, I also try to take advantage of the hotel gym and fit in a quick morning workout before my meetings. To remain productive, I always travel with my iPad Pro, which allows me to remain connected to my office, keep up on emails and take notes that I can email directly to myself or my team members.

Hilarie Bass, co-president, Greenberg Traurig

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I travel often for work. My routine includes going for a run in every city I visit. Incorporating exercise and keeping a regular work schedule on the road helps me manage the workload and amount of time I’m out of the office. As for well-rested and productive, it depends what city I’m in!

David Samson, president, Miami Marlins

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