What does your daily or weekly fitness regime consist of? My weekly fitness routine is diverse and includes: Bikram Yoga twice a week, spin class, weight training, and a weight/cardio class twice a week. I workout at least six days a week and follow a healthy low carb/high protein/high fiber diet also adds to my overall health and well-being.
What fitness clubs do you belong to, if any? Core Construction and Fitness, Milwaukee Bikram Yoga, NorthShore Elite, Mequon Elite.
Other than the obvious health benefits, how has being fit improved your life? Daily exercise and healthy eating have lowered my cholesterol, raised my HDLs, improved my blood pressure, and has enabled me participate in activities with my very active teenage girls and their friends. I waterski, snow ski, play soccer, boogie board and am an avid golfer in addition to practicing Bikram Yoga and working out with my trainer. I have also inspired others my age to eat healthy and get fit. Helping others consider a healthy lifestyle is an unexpected benefit from my healthy eating and fitness regime.
How does personal fitness affect your work life? Being physically fit has enabled me to work in a more focused and efficient manner. In addition, my staff, fellow board members and my clients see the results and are inspired.
How does fitness or wellness affect your overall organization? We focus on the health and wellness of our company as much as the health of our partners and employees. Hare Strigenz is proactive to ensure the fiscal fitness of our company long-term. During our staff meetings, we encourage our employees to eat healthy, get flu shots, H1N1 vaccinations, exercise and get yearly checkups. Our employees and their families depend on the health of the company and it’s partners and in turn, we depend on our staff to remain healthy.
What advice do you have for other executives interested in starting either a personal fitness plan or corporate wellness initiative? Get a trainer. Having a trainer who tracks results and can offer advice on good nutrition and exercise is so important. But start slow – walk around the block, stretch and develop healthy eating habits. Once started, fitness quickly becomes a regular routine. As routine as problem solving, networking, billing, and team building.
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