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:
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.”
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.