Posted by: 4pack | February 17, 2009

“Ideal Shape” Profile: President Obama, 47, Maintains A Lower Calorie, Healthy Diet And Regular Fitness Regimen

obama-fitness1“The main reason I do it is just to clear my head and relieve me of stress,” Obama, who is 47, told Men’s Health magazine. “My blood pressure is pretty low and I tend to be a healthy eater.”

“People on the average lose about 8 percent of their strength per decade starting at 45,”

“Weight training or resistance training will slow that decline,” she says. “Isometric exercise. Push-ups. There’s inevitable loss of strength and function with age, but you can adjust that slope of decline based on how physically active you are.”

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“The main reason I do it is just to clear my head and relieve me of stress,” Obama, who is 47, told Men’s Health magazine. “My blood pressure is pretty low and I tend to be a healthy eater.”
Obama rarely misses his daily workout. No matter where he is, generally at 7:30 a.m. he starts a 45-minute routine that focuses on cardio one day (elliptical or treadmill) and emphasizes weights and strength training the next. As often as he can, the president plays basketball – and has plans to refit the White House tennis court for basketball.
“He doesn’t think of it as something he has to do,” Obama’s Chicago friend Marty Nesbitt told the Washington Post. “It’s his time for himself, a chance to reflect. He feels better and more revved up.”

Obama is definitely the new American standard for fitness – something the country sorely needs. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 66.3 percent of U.S. adults are overweight and 32 percent are obese. Excess weight contributes to heart disease, the leading cause of death among Americans, and to diabetes, which is on the rise: 11.2 percent of men older than 20, 10.2 percent of women older than 20, and 14.7 percent of African Americans older than 20 have the disease.

At 47, Obama is at the age when everyone needs to get more vigilant about fitness. “People on the average lose about 8 percent of their strength per decade starting at 45,” says Dr. Anne Friedlander, director of the Mobility Division at the Stanford Center on Longevity. “The loss is a little more rapid with women than men.

“Weight training or resistance training will slow that decline,” she says. “Isometric exercise. Push-ups. There’s inevitable loss of strength and function with age, but you can adjust that slope of decline based on how physically active you are.”

Even when he’s on the road, the president doesn’t miss a workout. During the campaign, the Post reported, staff members called ahead to gyms in cities Obama visited, requesting the facility open early or stay open late to accommodate the candidate. Today, Obama can use the workout equipment on Air Force One.

“I have to say that I’m really proud of him, for the fact that he does stay so active,” says San Francisco fitness trainer Billy Polson. “And you can just look at him and tell that he eats well. You can tell that his body fat is low.

“… I’m very excited to have a president who will be setting a proper example for eating well and working out. I think it’ll be a good thing for our country.”

Everyone saw the photograph of a bare-chested Obama strolling Sandy Beach in Hawaii in December. Strong pecs, a trim stomach. Not since the equally glamorous John F. Kennedy wandered into the surf at Santa Monica in the early ’60s has a president generated as much buzz over his physique.

That didn’t happen when President Bill Clinton, pasty and untoned, strolled along a Hawaiian beach in 1993. Imagine a half-naked Nixon or LBJ on a vigorous jog. On a global level, perhaps only Russia’s Vladimir Putin or French President Nicolas Sarkozy – who recently shed two pants sizes thanks to personal trainer Julie Imperiali – can hold a candle to Obama.

Vernon Jesuitas, an Oakland personal trainer, says you can tell a lot about the president’s fitness level by just watching him: “Basically, it’s the way he walks, his gait. He doesn’t have slouchy shoulders. He has an agile stride, very fluid. He’s been pretty active all of his life.”

For men Obama’s age and older, Polson says, there’s always the potential for maintaining strength and mobility, especially if they’ve been working at it regularly. “The first thing I focus on is functionality. I make sure their body’s still moving well, their posture is correct – especially for folks in office jobs. Certain muscles, your hip flexors, for example, get short and tight when you’re in a chair all day.”

Joints also show wear and tear as men age. “The shoulder and knee are extremely susceptible to injury,” says Anthony Durante, a veteran San Francisco fitness trainer. “So it’s a matter of being preventative. You have to build the muscle around the knee to pad the knee.”

To combat muscle loss, Polson recommends compound movements with cable machines and barbells (dead lifts, rows, standing cable presses) as well as body-weight exercises (push-ups, pull-ups, squats, lunges).

All of the fitness trainers interviewed for this article said men of Obama’s age and older can continue with their current fitness routine – as long as they’ve been consistent and are following correct form. It’s never too late to begin a regimen, provided one builds gradually: starting with corrective work to build stability; moving on to strength training; and graduating to power training when sports and quick movement are possible.

The biggest hurdle isn’t age or time, says Jesuitas, but attitude and motivation. “I think it’s the 80/20 rule. Everybody wants to feel better, but only 20 percent are willing to do the work that’s required to make it happen.”

“Commitments are different later in life,” Durante says. “Time is different, how you look at exercise. So I think most of it is psychological, not physical. We all need more support as we get older.”

Even when he harnesses his energy and motivation for a rigorous daily regimen, Polson says, a middle-aged man cheats himself without the proper diet. (See chart of Polson’s top 10 fitness guidelines, at right.)

“A proper diet I would say is 80 percent or more in terms of the reasons we’re healthy or not healthy. Food is invaluable. A lot of times Americans don’t want it to be as important as it is because it can be very difficult to change their foods. A lot of people attach emotion to it. This is the toughest thing I battle with folks.”

Obama can probably appreciate that. Despite the rigor of his exercise routine, despite his endurance, his figure and generally healthy diet, the president has a definite craving for big, sloppy, high-carb delights. Instead of a sprouted pumpkin seed-walnut burger served open-faced on a sweet onion sunflower bun, he’s more likely to choose an all-time family favorite: a heaping bowl of chili topped with grated cheddar cheese and gobs of sour cream.

Nobody’s perfect.

See how you measure up

Go to the President’s Challenge Adult Fitness Test at
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

The history of U.S. presidents maintaining physical fitness while running the country is a scant one, which makes the disciplined, daily-like-clockwork regimen of President Obama all the more impressive. And all the more inspiring to middle-aged men lacking his motivation.
The history of U.S. presidents maintaining physical fitness while running the country is a scant one, which makes the disciplined, daily-like-clockwork regimen of President Obama all the more impressive. And all the more inspiring to middle-aged men lacking his motivation.
“The main reason I do it is just to clear my head and relieve me of stress,” Obama, who is 47, told Men’s Health magazine. “My blood pressure is pretty low and I tend to be a healthy eater.”
Obama rarely misses his daily workout. No matter where he is, generally at 7:30 a.m. he starts a 45-minute routine that focuses on cardio one day (elliptical or treadmill) and emphasizes weights and strength training the next. As often as he can, the president plays basketball – and has plans to refit the White House tennis court for basketball.
“He doesn’t think of it as something he has to do,” Obama’s Chicago friend Marty Nesbitt told the Washington Post. “It’s his time for himself, a chance to reflect. He feels better and more revved up.”

Obama is definitely the new American standard for fitness – something the country sorely needs. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 66.3 percent of U.S. adults are overweight and 32 percent are obese. Excess weight contributes to heart disease, the leading cause of death among Americans, and to diabetes, which is on the rise: 11.2 percent of men older than 20, 10.2 percent of women older than 20, and 14.7 percent of African Americans older than 20 have the disease.

At 47, Obama is at the age when everyone needs to get more vigilant about fitness. “People on the average lose about 8 percent of their strength per decade starting at 45,” says Dr. Anne Friedlander, director of the Mobility Division at the Stanford Center on Longevity. “The loss is a little more rapid with women than men.

“Weight training or resistance training will slow that decline,” she says. “Isometric exercise. Push-ups. There’s inevitable loss of strength and function with age, but you can adjust that slope of decline based on how physically active you are.”

Even when he’s on the road, the president doesn’t miss a workout. During the campaign, the Post reported, staff members called ahead to gyms in cities Obama visited, requesting the facility open early or stay open late to accommodate the candidate. Today, Obama can use the workout equipment on Air Force One.

“I have to say that I’m really proud of him, for the fact that he does stay so active,” says San Francisco fitness trainer Billy Polson. “And you can just look at him and tell that he eats well. You can tell that his body fat is low.

“… I’m very excited to have a president who will be setting a proper example for eating well and working out. I think it’ll be a good thing for our country.”

Everyone saw the photograph of a bare-chested Obama strolling Sandy Beach in Hawaii in December. Strong pecs, a trim stomach. Not since the equally glamorous John F. Kennedy wandered into the surf at Santa Monica in the early ’60s has a president generated as much buzz over his physique.

That didn’t happen when President Bill Clinton, pasty and untoned, strolled along a Hawaiian beach in 1993. Imagine a half-naked Nixon or LBJ on a vigorous jog. On a global level, perhaps only Russia’s Vladimir Putin or French President Nicolas Sarkozy – who recently shed two pants sizes thanks to personal trainer Julie Imperiali – can hold a candle to Obama.

Vernon Jesuitas, an Oakland personal trainer, says you can tell a lot about the president’s fitness level by just watching him: “Basically, it’s the way he walks, his gait. He doesn’t have slouchy shoulders. He has an agile stride, very fluid. He’s been pretty active all of his life.”

For men Obama’s age and older, Polson says, there’s always the potential for maintaining strength and mobility, especially if they’ve been working at it regularly. “The first thing I focus on is functionality. I make sure their body’s still moving well, their posture is correct – especially for folks in office jobs. Certain muscles, your hip flexors, for example, get short and tight when you’re in a chair all day.”

Joints also show wear and tear as men age. “The shoulder and knee are extremely susceptible to injury,” says Anthony Durante, a veteran San Francisco fitness trainer. “So it’s a matter of being preventative. You have to build the muscle around the knee to pad the knee.”

To combat muscle loss, Polson recommends compound movements with cable machines and barbells (dead lifts, rows, standing cable presses) as well as body-weight exercises (push-ups, pull-ups, squats, lunges).

All of the fitness trainers interviewed for this article said men of Obama’s age and older can continue with their current fitness routine – as long as they’ve been consistent and are following correct form. It’s never too late to begin a regimen, provided one builds gradually: starting with corrective work to build stability; moving on to strength training; and graduating to power training when sports and quick movement are possible.

The biggest hurdle isn’t age or time, says Jesuitas, but attitude and motivation. “I think it’s the 80/20 rule. Everybody wants to feel better, but only 20 percent are willing to do the work that’s required to make it happen.”

“Commitments are different later in life,” Durante says. “Time is different, how you look at exercise. So I think most of it is psychological, not physical. We all need more support as we get older.”

Even when he harnesses his energy and motivation for a rigorous daily regimen, Polson says, a middle-aged man cheats himself without the proper diet. (See chart of Polson’s top 10 fitness guidelines, at right.)

“A proper diet I would say is 80 percent or more in terms of the reasons we’re healthy or not healthy. Food is invaluable. A lot of times Americans don’t want it to be as important as it is because it can be very difficult to change their foods. A lot of people attach emotion to it. This is the toughest thing I battle with folks.”

Obama can probably appreciate that. Despite the rigor of his exercise routine, despite his endurance, his figure and generally healthy diet, the president has a definite craving for big, sloppy, high-carb delights. Instead of a sprouted pumpkin seed-walnut burger served open-faced on a sweet onion sunflower bun, he’s more likely to choose an all-time family favorite: a heaping bowl of chili topped with grated cheddar cheese and gobs of sour cream.

Nobody’s perfect.

See how you measure up

Go to the President’s Challenge Adult Fitness Test at 
 
 

 

www.adultfitnesstest.org/dataentry.aspx

 
 
 

 

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