Despite all the ridiculous things he does and how much a lot of people on this forum probably disagree with his actions, this might be my favorite thing he has been consistent about during his presidency. Plus it shows that he is a 'little more like us (aka T-Nation members who are obsessed with health)' in mindset no matter how crazy he might seem sometimes.
Bush promotes fitness, goes biking
BELTSVILLE, Md. (AP) ? Just before climbing on his mountain bike Saturday, President Bush urged people to get up off their couches and walk, jog, pedal and swim.
“It doesn’t take much time to stay fit ? 30 minutes, five days a week,” Bush said at a Secret Service training facility just outside Washington where he went for a bike ride.
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and June will mark the fifth anniversary of the HealthierUS Initiative. The president launched the initiative in 2002 to encourage people to do physical activity every day, eat nutritious food, get preventive screenings for disease and make healthy lifestyle choices.
“I love exercise,” said the president, who was wearing navy biking shorts and a green T-shirt. Before he left for the ride, he lifted up his blue-and-white mountain bike to prove he was strong and fit.
“I have found that exercise not only is a good excuse to get outdoors. It helps to relieve stress as well.”
He was joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt and members of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, including fitness expert Denise Austin.
“The message to all Americans is to find time in your schedule to walk, run, swim, bike ? to take care of yourselves,” Bush said.
Bush traded in his running shoes for mountain bikes about three years ago after pain in his knees kept him from jogging. At 60, he is a devoted mountain bike rider, regularly leaving the White House for rides on Saturday mornings or after church on Sundays.
Most of his cycling is at Beltsville, but he also bikes occasionally at the Marine base at Quantico, Va., Camp David at Catoctin Mountain Park and at his ranch at Crawford, Texas. He also sneaks in rides during presidential trips.
As he delivered his statement on exercise, Bush gave a rare glimpse of the wooded area in which he cycles. He typically rides his bike out of the media’s view.
Bush has a six-day-a-week exercise regimen that includes pedaling his mountain bike at up to 18 miles an hour for 15 miles to 20 miles a week, according to his last physical examination, in August 2006. He also does low-impact “hill work” on a treadmill and free weight resistance training and stretching.