Obama’s Fitness To Rule

No, I’m not going to debate on whether he should be in the White House. Its really about President Barack Obama’s  health routine, which is something most Americans would do well to emulate. Those who saw pics of Obama bathing on the Hawaiian beaches last summer will note his lean but muscular physique. Take a look:obama-fitness

So, at 47, how does he keep in shape? Well, by design certainly rather than by accident. Despite his busy schedule as President,  he wakes up 6.45 in the morning and does his workouts daily, both cardio and weights. After dressing up, he reads several newspapers and has breakfast with his family before sending off his two daughters to school. Then its a 30 sec walk downstairs to the Oval Office just before 9 am.

Buts its not all sedentary behind-the-desk work, as he has been known to roam the corridors. According to the International Herald Tribune, Obama tends to roam the halls; one day, he turned up in the office of his press secretary, Robert Gibbs, who had his feet up on the desk when the boss walked in. “Wow, Gibbs,” the press secretary recalls the president saying, “Just got here and you already have your feet up.”honesttea_pomegranetwhite2

For Obama, lunch generally means a cheeseburger, chicken or fish in his small dining room off the Oval Office. There is a new addition to White House cuisine: the refrigerators are stocked with the president’s favorite organic brew, Honest Tea, in Obama’s preferred flavors of Black Forest Berry and Green Dragon.

In the evening,he eats dinner with the family and often returns to work reading briefing papers for the next day, often up to 10pm (unhealthy?). An indication of what he likes to eat is seen by the appointment of his former chef in Chicago, Sam Kass, an advocate of healthy, environment-friendly foods, as a new chef in the White House.

Considering the problem of obesity and today’s preponderance of lifestyle diseases like diabetes,hypertension and heart disease, many would do well to emulate his leadership by example, as far as a healthy lifestyle is concerned. And that includes most of today’s leaders too.

5 responses

  1. ahh, you forget. he smokes too. (well, to his credit, he is trying very hard to kick the habit.)

    Doctor2008 says: He’s doing it in the national interest, supporting the tobacco farmers in the Southern states ;-).
    But, seriously, this appears to be media hype. If its true, it would be in the front pages, just like in Michael Phelp’s case.

  2. Is not too. On a campaign stop, he was asked how. And he took out his nicorette and offered one to the man who asked.

  3. Honest Tea.. that is a cool name for tea.

    In this year and next year, if Barrack Obama manage to lead America to weather the recession with a decent sign of recovery, the next term is almost his. For his perseverance during his time of running for president, I am pretty sure he has that capability, looking at the team of experts he picked to help him run the country.


  4. I was told that during exercise, our body produces a chemical that helps us feel better and, I suppose, makes our mind more alert. Is there any scientific evidence to support this?


    Doctor2008 says: You’re referring to the natural drug that gives you a high and is also addicting – endorphins. The evidence is clear-cut on it. Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endorphin.

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