Fit and Effective Hawaii Business Professionals
Fitness profiles of 11 high-powered people
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Photo: Courtesy of Peter Ehrman
Position: Wealth advisor at Morgan Stanley
Workouts: Standup paddling, ocean swimming, surfing, walking the dog, yard work
Since Ehrman has to be at work by 6:30 a.m., he makes evenings his workout time. Three days a week he gets in the ocean to swim or standup paddle. Six days a week he walks his black Labrador, Nikki, for at least 45 minutes. On the weekends, he paddles, swims or surfs early and does hard physical labor in his yard in the afternoon.
Since developing arthritis in his hip, Ehrman has had to quit volleyball, a sport he played at Punahou and UCLA. However, swimming has been an ideal, pain-free substitute.
Ehrman is motivated by older people who are “out there and still being active.” He cites Peter Balding Sr., 79, the father of his best friend, Peter Balding. “He goes surfing with Peter and me and I’m admiring him every moment,” Ehrman says.
Advice: “Try to make (fitness) a part of your normal routine without thinking about it, sort of like brushing your teeth.”
Position: Management consultant and executive coach
Workouts: Group classes at The Honolulu Club, including kickboxing, Zumba, Iyengar yoga, stretch and muscle conditioning
With an erratic work schedule, Inn can’t always make it to exercise classes. “I will use the (cardio) machines as an alternative, especially when I have much reading or thinking to do. Multitasking in that way has been a good way for me to make time to work out as I work.”
A knee injury sidelined her last year, so Inn modified her actions during fitness classes to avoid further injury. She talks to the instructors about safe moves.
Inn often networks with other Honolulu Club members and “many times, business relationships have grown out of the sharing of fitness experiences and health tips.”
Advice: Her multitasking tips include making it a game to step in place while watching TV, doing squats while checking email on the phone, and performing pushups against a desk or kitchen counter.
Photo: Courtesy of Louise Ing
Position: Lawyer with Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing (fifth from left in photo at right)
Workouts: Sessions with a personal trainer, hula, jogging with husband and daughter, Fit Camp Bootcamps, P90-X classes
Because her work schedule is brutal, Ing says, “I have to make a conscious effort to wake up early or tear away from my desk at the end of the day. It’s almost always a struggle and when work gets intense, workouts are often the first to go, but the reward is how I feel afterwards: more energized, stronger, more confident, less grouchy.”
“I call exercise our natural fountain of youth,” Ing says. “I want to be in even better shape in my later years than I was when younger.”
Advice: “Hula helps with toning and coordination and is a beautiful artistic counterpoint to lawyer work and a link to our host culture.”
Dee Jay Mailer
Position: CEO, Kamehameha Schools
Workouts: Pilates, walking the city, “just discovered P90-X with my best friends”
Mailer says she seeks balance in all aspects of her life. “I eat well half the time, exercise half the time and get a good night’s sleep half the time. The theme is not all the time but enough to allow balance between having discipline and having fun.”
She eats small portions and has cut down on sugar. She tries to walk whenever possible, to the store, to restaurants, to parks. On weekends, she and her husband walk from their home in Makiki to other neighborhoods, such as Diamond Head, Manoa, Kewalo Basin and Ala Moana. “If we don’t want to walk back, we catch TheBus.”
Mailer’s commitment to fitness and good nutrition comes from “knowing that it is ultimately the right thing for every moment in your life. As you get older, you see and feel how important it is. From the body shifting from north to south, clothes that don’t fit, your mirror wake-up call every morning and your doctor’s constant reminders, staying fit is staying alive, in the best of all ways.”
Advice: “Don’t let (exercise) be just one more reason to be busier, make it one more reason to slow down.”
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