Photo by Duane Tinkey
Photo by Duane Tinkey

Describe your workout regimen.

Four to five days a week of changing it up with cardio, Stairmaster, running, step aerobics, spinning, biking or walking. Three to four days a week: weight lifting. I alternate muscle groups every other day with varied machines, exercises and weight-lifting classes. One longer run, one time a week ranging from 12 to 20 miles, usually on a Saturday or Sunday. Yoga and stretching once a week and/or a rest day free of strenuous exercise.

How have you changed that regimen over the years?

I constantly switch things up to keep the body guessing. This means none of my workouts get easy. This also makes the best use my workout time and avoids hitting "plateaus" where the body becomes accustomed to the same old routines.

Do you set small goals and reward yourself for reaching them? How?

Yes. Rest. Getting enough sleep and recovery time from the mental and physical stress of the business week is just as important as being fit and nutritionally complete. I tend to burn the candle at both ends, but making myself slow down once in a while is also important to my overall health and well-being. I also enjoy frozen yogurt and cherry Twizzlers once in a while.

What motivates you to stay in shape?

Even though I can't pick my genetic blueprint, there are things I strive to do and improve every day to lead a healthy, well-balanced and active lifestyle. Working out makes me feel on top of the world. Owning a successful business and raising a family takes a lot of time and energy. If I don't feel good about myself, then I won't feel good about inspiring others to be the best they can be.

What advice would you give to someone just starting on a workout program?

Think of your workout as an important meeting, so you never miss it. Overall, fitness and health is about making small, gradual tweaks that become part of your lifestyle. Don't be afraid to reach outside your comfort level and go for it!

Any fitness goals you're working toward?

I have run several marathons but plan to try a triathlon or even do an Iron Man someday if time allows. I try to motivate my family to seeing the fun in exercise and help them reach their fitness goals, too.