Friday, October 17, 2008

The Fittest Presidents

Gold's Gym, the world's leading fitness authority, released their top 10 list of our nation's most fit presidents. They looked at all 43 presidents and found that their fitness routines were as diverse as their leadership styles. Here are the fittest presidents in U.S. history:
  1. John Quincy Adams - 6th President - walked three to four miles a day and swam the Potomac River on a regular basis.
  2. George W. Bush - 43rd President - an avid cyclist, is said to exercise 6 days a week.
  3. Gerald Ford - 38th President - the longest living President (93 years), a former collegiate star with the Univ. of Michigan, turned down contracts with the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears to pursue a career in law and politics.
  4. Jimmy Carter - 39th President - an avid outdoorsman enjoys fitness activities from hunting and fishing to mountain climbing and skiing.
  5. Theodore Roosevelt - 26th President - after fighting a number of childhood ailments, pushed himself to the physical limits which included boxing, horseback riding and hunting.
  6. Harry S Truman - 33rd President - installed a horseshoe pit and 2 bowling lanes plus was an avid walker and swimmer.
  7. Zachary Taylor - 12th President - known as "Old Rough and Ready" and used a military regiment to whip his body into shape (served in the ARmy for 40 years).
  8. Thomas Jefferson - 3rd President - believed, "a strong body makes the mind strong"; enjoyed horseback riding, fishing and long walks (which he believed was the best way to clear one's mind).
  9. Herbert Hoover - 31st President - had his own sport, "Hoover Ball" a combination of tennis and volleyball that used a medicine ball and an 8 foot tall net; he played every morning at 7 just before White House business began.
  10. George Washington - 1st President - enjoyed dancing and canoeing.

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