A fitness icon and a good source of inspiration for all Americans is President Barack Obama. His capability to perform both in the White House as well as in the gym is praiseworthy. His competitiveness and confidence shine through his behavior both on and off the court. Health experts highly recommend Obama’s mixed cardio and weight training sessions three days a week for a minimum time of 60 minutes to keep fit. “Exercise” President Obama says” is the key to remaining fresh and focused in the face of a punishing schedule.”
President Barack Obama begins his daily fitness regime with cardio exercises for about 20 to 30 minutes, progressing towards strength training exercises such as lat pull downs and back exercises. An early bird, he gets up early in the morning at about 5:30 am to complete his fitness workouts. The best part about his fitness regime is that he is consistent with his exercises. If he is not at home, he ensures that the workout routine does not suffer by seeking a gym nearby. He does not fall short in his dedication towards fitness as well as for the country.
When interviewed by a magazine about the reason for his consistency, he explains that the workouts allow him to de-stress. He continues that his workout begins before his day starts. He sometimes has to compromise sleep in a bid to seek enough time for his workouts. In addition, he explains that he exercises for about 45 minutes alternatively with cardio and weight training exercises. His interest in staying fit comes out clearly, when he says that he wishes he could perform 90-minute workouts.
Not only is he regular with fitness regime, but he is also athletic and loves basketball. He plays the game regularly with his friends, family members and his staff. Fitness gurus believe that he has a low body-fat level because of both cardiovascular and weight training exercises and deep interest in sports. His toned body shows that he performs resistance training at 65 to 75 percent of his maximum heart rate.
Of those many many things to be learnt from Mr. President; we must surely learn lessons on consistency and regularity at the gym. However, we must take care not to over-train ourselves by performing heavy workouts for a longer time. My past blog on overtraining shows you the side-effects and ways to avoid overtraining.