Heat's Eric Reid: 'Biggest challenge is maintaining healthy lifestyle during season'

As the Miami Heat's play-by-play TV announcer for 22 seasons, Eric Reid has had an exciting career.

But he admits the NBA life — with its many road games, plane food and busy schedule — takes a toll on his fitness. Even though he doesn't indulge in the sumptuous in-flight dinners that the basketball players enjoy, he still gains about 5 pounds, he says, during the season. So it's important for the self-proclaimed basketball junkie to keep active during the off-season.


He also cares about children's fitness and safety. Along with broadcast partner Tony Fiorentino, he recently co-hosted a two-day dinner and golf fundraiser to benefit the Dade Schools Athletic Foundation and Lauren's Kids, which raise sexual abuse awareness.

Q: What's your workout routine?


A: I have a shoulder injury to my right shoulder that's stopped me from lifting and doing pushups. So I've become a treadmill warrior. I love to run. I run 3 and 5 miles. And do interval workouts on the treadmill. It's a competitive thing. I sprint 60 seconds, then walk 60 seconds. When it's going well for me, I run four to five days a week.

I played basketball until I was 45 years old, at the Jewish Community Center [in Davie]. I'm a lifetime basketball junkie, although I was never a great player, and my game was beginning to diminish. It's too easy to sprain your ankle.

At this point, running is really great for me. Frees my mind and gives me energy and calm.

Q: Do you work out during your frequent road trips?


A: My ideal weight: 175. The season takes a toll on me physically. You get so busy, you stray away from fitness. Off-season is the time to get back into the shape I like to be in. It's a constant battle. Always gain a little bit of weight during the season. Never work out as much as I'd like.

Q: What are your workouts during the off-season?

A: Running more. And I'm looking into yoga classes to get my flexibility back. People who haven't done it laugh, but yoga's valuable and challenging. It's a very natural way to get my shoulder back.

Q: Do you smoke or have any other health vices?

A: No. I try to live a healthy lifestyle, and my wife, Sonide, is a great cook. But the NBA lifestyle is tough on your habits. Not enough sleep, and you're generally eating more. My biggest challenge is maintaining a healthy lifestyle during the season.

Q: What's your typical daily diet?

A: My typical breakfast at home: oatmeal and fruit. Cup of coffee. With my wife's encouragement, I'm trying to drink more water each day. One of the greatest traps when you work in the NBA is when we fly to the next city and they serve a great dinner on the plane. I basically don't eat those. But even abstaining from that, I gain 5 pounds during the season. My one health vice: too many cookies.

Q: What do you drink?


A: Water. I stay away from soft drinks. It's very rare I'll go for beer after the game. Occasionally, I'll sip on a Jack and Coke.

Q: Take any vitamins or sports nutrition products?

A: A couple of daily vitamins and fish oil.

Eric Reid

Age: 55

City of residence: Boca Raton

Height/weight: 5 feet, 11 inches; 180 pounds

Occupation: Miami Heat's play-by-play TV announcer on Sun Sports