For Miami Dolphins' CEO Mike Dee, cycling is both exercise and a peaceful endeavor disconnected from the hectic workday.
Dee occasionally rides on roadways, where he enjoys the camaraderie of being in a pack of cyclists, but says he prefers the vast empty parking lot at Sun Life Stadium. He regularly rides up stadium ramps as part of a cardio and muscle workout.
Why do you work out?
Principally for energy. I need to be on the go all the time, and staying active and fit provides the energy I need for 20-hour days. And it's for feeling good. You feel better physically and psychologically when you're working out.
What exercises do you do?
More aerobic stuff at this point. I played a lot of basketball but now don't do many impact activities. I cycle 1,500 to 2,000 miles per year.
Cycling is a safe haven. There's a peaceful serenity being on the bike. It's a great workout but also great quiet time without a BlackBerry or cell phone. I don't want to say that I haven't sent a text message from a bike, but it's rare.
South Florida roads can be dangerous for cyclists. Any close calls?
I've had a couple of scares but you have to be conscious and take chances. It's good to go in a pack. Most accidents with a vehicle occur with one or two cyclists instead of a pack.
Where do you typically ride?
We ride at the stadium quite a bit before work, where it's ultimately safe. It's not invigorating from a scenic perspective, but we can ride 40 miles around the parking lot, go up ramps to upper levels for a muscle and cardio workout. We have quite a few people who have adopted this.
Any other regular exercises?
I do some swimming. And I do more stretching than when I was young. One of these days I aspire to do yoga.
Does your family keep fit?
We're very active across the board. I have two young kids, so I'm running around with nonstructured workouts with them, playing football, baseball, swimming, horsing around. There's a certain calorie burn that all parents endure. And my wife and I are very active tennis players.
Do you have a personal fitness philosophy?
Always try to push yourself to the edge so you can walk away feeling good about the time you spent.