Whether long hours are spent in the boardroom or in a home office, we women are an incredibly busy bunch. From champion poker player Maria Ho to Karen Cahn, these female power players still manage to make their health and fitness a top priority. I believe that it is important to share these healthy habits so that other busy women find ways to prioritize their own wellbeing into their already busy lives.
Karen Cahn is the Founder & CEO of VProud.tv, a video-driven conversation platform, which serves as a place to cultivate honest conversations among women, in a safe and nonjudgmental environment. Launched in late 2014, VProud serves as an open community for women all over the world, to discuss personal and professional issues, in a troll-free environment, centered in video.
Karen previously spent three years as General Manager of AOL Original Video. Prior to AOL, Karen spent ten years at Google and YouTube, where she held various leadership roles in video, search and display advertising. She is on the board of advisors of Girl Rising, an organization dedicated to girl’s education in developing countries. She is also on the Springboard Media Council, a highly respected group of experts across the world of digital media, content management and discovery, TV, advertising and other media verticals who invest their “human capital” in Springboard and our pipeline of high-growth, women-led companies.
As if that were not enough, Karen is also single mother of three kids. And she’s a pretty funny lady, too. Take a read:
1. Tell us a little about your busy days and VProud.tv?
Days are pretty much insane from beginning to end. It’s a whirlwind of kids school stuff, video shoots, technical product meetings, creative pow-wows with my team, and partnership meetings. I work pretty much nonstop from 7 am till 1 am. It’s not heathy, to be honest, but that’s the reality of a startup CEO. It’s all consuming.
2. How do you find time for fitness in that busy schedule?
It’s not easy. I try to get to a barre or a hot yoga class on the weekends, at least once. At the office, we have hand weights and chairs, so we do faux barre workout whilst planning our world domination of the lady video market. It’s pretty rad. I also have a dog and I walk her. Well, she’s more of a rat, but we do walk together.
3. What is your favorite workout?
Fave = Hot Yoga
Most impactful = Barre Method
The combo of the two is fierce.
4. Do you vary your workouts or stick with a program?
Being a single mom while running a startup, there IS NO PROGRAM. It’s catch as catch can. I literally will do pushups on my grass while the kids are playing, just to get something in.
5. What else do you do to make sure that you stay healthy with your busy schedule?
I don’t diet, I eat whatever I want. I have always had this mentality because the minute you start to diet, or deprive yourself, the body goes into “I hate you mode”, which is never a good thing. I try to eat moderate portions but I do eat everything. I’m a foodie and I love to cook. One thing that I love is my new tiny herb garden. Having fresh herbs to cook with makes all the difference in the world – my “divorced dinner for one” omelette becomes lovely, healthy, and very chic with fresh herbs just plucked from the garden.
6. How did health and wellness become a priority for you?
Divorce will kick your ass, so if you are not in good physical shape, you’re screwed. When my marriage started to go south, I started to get in shape because it helped my emotional state, which was pretty fragile at the time. Yoga saved me, it really did.
7. What are your goals for moving forward, in terms of health and wellness?
I don’t make health and wellness goals. I don’t make new years resolutions. I just live the life I want, every day, or at least I try to. I do want to live until I’m 110 or so. I think it would be cool to be a super old lady and still rocking it. I look forward to that.
8. What are your goals for moving forward with VProud.tv?
The mission of VProud is to enable honest conversations among women, in a safe and nonjudgmental environment. Everything on VProud starts with a video conversation starter and is followed up with an engaging question that sparks dialogue. The unique thing is that users can have 2 logins, VPublic and VPrivate, and you can toggle back and forth between the two identities based on the sensitivity of the conversation. Because, let’s face it, your boss and neighbors don’t need to know the intimate details of your sexless marriage.
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