Local Business Professionals Find the Key to Peak Performance in the Gym and the Workplace is Making Time—Not Excuses

Some business principles are obvious. Others are not. Although most professionals agree that dedication to career goals will produce positive results, a smaller percentage of business professionals actually take the time to focus on their fitness goals. But body and business go hand-in-hand. So if you’re looking for a solution to better business performance, it’s time to put exercise on the weekly agenda.

The Real Bottom Line

Rick McCotter, owner of McCotter Ford-Mercury, is very aware of how the current economic slowdown has affected consumers’ buying decisions. Customers have tightened their purse strings, and purchases such as new cars are being prioritized as a luxury rather than a necessity. But McCotter isn’t sweating it out at the dealership. He is sweating it out—literally—at the Parrish Health & Fitness Center.

“Of course, with car sales the way they are now, there’s a lot of stress and anxiety,” McCotter says. “But I don’t have that stress and worry. Exercise is a great neutralizer.”

The 47-year-old business owner faithfully works out at the gym four times a week and runs approximately 10 miles a week. He says his No. 1 motivation to stay physically fit is to maintain an excellent quality of life.

“I’m probably in the best shape of my life,” he says. “I’m stronger, my cardiovascular endurance is better, I have more energy, and my mind is more alert. Of course, all those things benefit my business.”

McCotter hired master personal trainer Iris Davis when he reached a plateau in his fitness goals. Now he says he is right where he wants to be. “When I’m disciplined about staying healthy, I perform better at work,” McCotter says. “That’s the real bottom line.”

Fitness and the City

For Marcia Gaedcke and Emma Richard of the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, maintaining a city that’s desirable for business and tourism requires creativity, fl exibility and a limitless supply of energy.

“We work a lot of hours, and when you’re out representing the city and talking with people, you can’t be tired and miserable,” says Gaedcke, chamber president. “I feel better when I exercise, and that carries over professionally.”

Gaedcke and Richard prefer a variety of group fi tness classes and equipment options.

“The instructors are what’s best about the Parrish gym. They are real people,” says Richard, director of member services. “Sheila [Lenoir] is right in the water working out with us, and she gets tired just like we do—and she lets us know.”

The pair are committed to making time for exercise because of their risk status for heart disease or an attack. They have noticed changes in their endurance, while keeping up with a demanding and often chaotic schedule. “I’m defi nitely not as exhausted at the end of the day,” Gaedcke says.

A Firm Foundation

Flexibility has been invaluable in helping Micah Loyd stick to his fi tness regimen. Vice president of Gene Loyd Contracting Co., Loyd never knows what a day will bring. But he looks forward to blowing off steam at the Parrish Health & Fitness Center at least three times per week.

“I’m not trying to be Mr. Olympia,” he says. “I’m just trying to stay healthy and active. I have to be fl exible because I have a family and a business. I fi t in my workouts at lunch, in the evenings or whenever I can, but I’m consistent. You have to keep it up.”

Loyd says he’s always been active, but exercise is especially important in his high-stress line of work.

“It helps my business because I can really put my best foot forward when I’m in shape, well-rested and just feeling better about myself,” Loyd says.

Fitness Can be Fun

Don’t just stand there! Get moving and have some fun at the Parrish Health & Fitness Center with a variety of classes, including belly dancing, Zumba and swimming to name just a few. Check it out at parrishmed.com under “Programs & Services.”