Obama's 50th Birthday
Yes, You Can Be Fit at 50!
Some men grow older. President Barack Obama, who turned 50 on August 4, just grows fitter. Here’s how he does it
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It was a monumental month for President Barack Obama. No, we’re not talking about the debt deal. We’re talking about his 50th birthday, otherwise known as the beginning of the end.
Fact is, as our exerciser-in-chief proves, if you stay healthy and fit, your fifties can be the best decade of your life. "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. By some measures, your brain is at its most powerful, exhibiting the best combination of speed and judgment. That's one reason why the average age for an S&P 500 CEO is 56, according to executive search firm Spencer Stuart. This is also powerful evidence that daily exercise shapes the successful person.
Fitness is a pillar in Obama’s life. “The main reason I work out is to clear my head and relieve stress,” he told Men’s Health a few years ago. “It’s a great way to stay focused.”
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Obama typically works out 6 days a week at the same time of day. “Most of my workouts have to come before my day starts,” he says. “I probably get in about 45 minutes of exercise.” Research shows that establishing a regular exercise regimen gives you a better chance of achieving your strength goals.
And while Obama is best known for playing basketball, most of his workouts take place in the gym. “I’ll lift one day and do cardio the next,” he says. “I’ve been working out for a while now and I make sure I don’t waste my time. My workouts have to be efficient.” To that end he typically does full-body workouts on strength days, hitting a range of machines and some free weights. On cardio days he hits the treadmill or spins on an exercise bike.
One advantage Obama has is his own “body man,” whose name is Reggie Love. Obama’s personal assistant, a former wide receiver and walk-on basketball player at Duke, accompanies Obama everywhere, including the gym, and serves as his de facto training partner. Research shows that people who work out with a partner or a group are more likely to achieve their goals.
The major obstacle people hit in their 50s: Their joints start wearing down and their muscles weakening. But don’t let that deter you. All you need to do is upgrade the way you exercise. In fact, follow our advice below and you'll also notice two things shrinking: your waistline and your list of meds. Both of which could make the decade of your 60s even better!
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