The 2016 Presidential election might be more than a year away, but the next presidential hopefuls are already coming to the forefront. The President of the U.S. is not only the leader of the free democratic world, but also an example to us, our children, and indeed the rest of the world. Because of this, presidents have a moral and ethical responsibility to serve as a good example – and this extends to the way they live their lives as well.
“The president’s job is a very stressful one that requires him or her to be on duty 24/7. The stress that they are exposed to can affect their health so drastically that if they don’t maintain a healthy lifestyle, they can be subjected to any number of chronic illnesses – both physical and mental,” said HFR Founder Samir Becic. We are noticing an increase in healthy and fit heads of state in other countries who are becoming dominant world leaders. With this article we hope to make sure that our future president is healthy and fit in order to improve this country, so that it can continue to be a dominant force in the world for decades to come.
“Our future president will have much more competition than the previous presidents because of where the modern world is heading – and against other leaders whose views differ, such as Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.” – Samir Becic
With this being said, HFR is politically neutral and not affiliated with any political party.
Here at Health Fitness Revolution, we did a combination of research on each of these politicians through various interviews, internet sources, library, industry literature and videos. This project was led by HFR founder Samir Becic, who is a leader in the industry and has knowledge and experience of over two decades as a health and fitness professional, coupled with his experience as a four-time No. 1 Fitness Trainer in the World.
Hopefully this motivates these presidential hopefuls to improve their nutrition, fitness and advocacy about healthy lifestyle in the next couple years – who knows, maybe in our next report card, we can give them all A’s!
CHRIS CHRISTIE, 51
FITNESS GRADE: B-
(Note: Previous grade was C+)
You may have heard Chris Christie’s name in the news recently because of his political work as Governor of New Jersey. But as far as being healthy, he recently lost over 85 pounds because of a lap band procedure to better his health. To keep the healthy momentum going, he exercises four days a week, an hour at a time. He has started a healthy diet to gain the nutrients needed for those long days campaigning. Although side lift exercises with dumbbells are not his preferred exercise, he loves the stationary bike to get his heart rate going. Due to his recent lifestyle change, Chris made our list of Top 10 Fittest Governors because he is a good example that everyone can become healthier in their lives.
Samir’s Report and Recommendations: Even though he lost 85 pounds, my recommendation for him is to maintain a healthy lifestyle as one of the most important aspects of his life, especially because he had lap band surgery. Because strength exercises are not his favorite, I suggest that he does strength training by incorporating exercises he enjoys. Strength training is extremely important in breaking plateaus and helps maintain prolonged weight loss. In case he does encounter a plateau, here are our tips to break it.
Update: Chris continues to lose weight and now is up to 100 pounds lost (as of Feb. 20, 2015). To continue what he is doing, I recommend he improve his healthy lifestyle in every aspect possible, including but not limited to physical fitness, healthy nutrition, and mental, social and spiritual balance. Also, he has stated that he is aware that losing weight will help him with a potential campaign. I am glad he is aware of how healthy lifestyle is becoming a crucial element of success in every aspect.
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