Today is President Obama’s 50th birthday. While it may make many of us cringe that we have hit the half century mark, think about what you would feel like if you were president. The highest office in the land is notorious for aging the men who have held it. All you have to do is look at pictures of President Obama from four short years ago.
Thing is, being 50 these days isn’t so rough if you take care of yourself.
“These days, we consider men in their 50s to be young at heart – literally and mentally,” says William Pollack, Ph.D., of the Harvard medical school.
If you think you’re too busy for fitness, try being the leader of the free world and keeping a healthy lifestyle. So how does the busiest person with the most stressful job on the planet stay fit? It’s always a good idea to work out first thing in the morning. It gives you an energy boost the rest of the day and less opportunity to make excuses. It just so happens that when you’re President of the United States, first thing in the morning is nearly a requirement, so it works perfectly for Obama.
“Most of my workouts have to come before my day starts,” says President Obama. “I probably get in about 45 minutes of exercise.”
The President likes to alternate what he does each day. One day may be cardio, while the next is strength training. On his cardio days, Obama is known to favor the stationary bike or treadmill.
The odds for success are also in your favor when you work out with a partner. President Obama’s right-hand man is Reggie Love, a former wide receiver and basketball player at Duke University.
While Obama has battled in the trenches of partisan politics, a domestic financial crises, and two war fronts, one fight that he may have finally won is the cigarette habit. For now. As you know, these sort of things have a way of resurfacing. He’s kicked the habit before, hopefully he won’t have to again.
“Once you’ve gone down this path, then it’s something you continually struggle with,” the President said.