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All in a Day's Workout

Despite busy schedules, some business people still find time to exercise. Six of them share their secrets.

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Photo: Olivier Koning
Jeri Yamamoto, 38, compliance manager, ING Hawaii.
“I want to be a fit mom for my daughter, not one who
sits on the sidelines.”

Jeri Yamamoto’s weight ballooned by more than 35 pounds after the birth of her daughter in 2005. But it wasn’t until 2007, when she began exercising regularly that she returned to her original, 130-pound frame. “I was pregnant for nine months, and then for the first year, there was no sleep,” Yamamoto says of the demands of motherhood.

Today, her weekly fitness routine comprises cross training, yoga at home and 5 a.m. laps around a cemetery three times a week near her Kaneohe home. When pressed for time, she exercises to DVDs from the P90X home-fitness series by Tony Horton.

Balancing workouts with a full-time job, household chores and motherhood isn’t easy. “There are always obstacles facing your workout schedule,” she says, adding that her daughter felt ill the previous night, disrupting her workout plans.

The key to success is to exercise as a family. Yamamoto and her husband George plan weekend activities at parks and beaches.

Ed Kurzenski, 52
vice president and chief technical officer,
Mobi PCS “I just ballooned, I was new in
the workforce and wasn’t paying
attention to my health at all.”

Ed Kurzenski, a competitive cyclist and triathlete, once weighed 280 pounds. “I just ballooned,” he says. “I was new in the work force and wasn’t paying attention to my health at all.”

Kurzenski began running daily after a friend ribbed him for becoming “a fat blob.” He dropped 90 pounds in a year. That was in the 1980s.

Today, he is a five-time state cycling champion who has completed three marathons and an Ironman triathlon. Kurzenski’s wife, Heidi, is an avid surfer and an occasional swim partner.

Sticking to a training schedule requires time management. After Kurzenski wakes up at 3:30 a.m. on weekdays to check e-mails, he rides his Italian-made Colnago bicycle – outfitted with safety halogen lights – for three hours in East Oahu before heading to work.

“Because I get up at 3 in the morning, I’m usually done by
8:30 p.m. and am in bed,” he says. “It’s a trade-off for sitting in front of the TV at night.”

Finding time to exercise is easier now that his three children are grown.

When they were little, Kurzenski rode his bicycle with his kids strapped to an attached trailer.

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