America may have a fitness problem, but not on its presidential tickets.
Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are already well-known fitness buffs — with Romney routinely carving out time for morning jogs and bike rides, not to mention his annual family Olympics, and Obama hitting the gym as well as the basketball court on a regular basis. First Lady Michelle Obama has championed her Let’s Move program combating childhood obesity, and Ann Romney is an avid equestrian, which has helped her manage flare-ups from multiple sclerosis.
Now add Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, to the mix. The Republican House budget chairman is a former personal trainer with 6% to 8% body fat, who told CNN he faced a crossroads earlier in his life when he had to chose between a career in government or professional skiing.
“Did you ever regret that decision?” CNN’s Candy Crowley asked.
“Sometimes,” Ryan replied.
Ryan’s workout of choice, at least for a time, is P90X, which he described to Politico as a blend of muscle confusion and cross-training: lots of cardio, pull-ups, push-ups, karate, yoga.