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Candidate Conditioning: Diet And Exercise Tips For The Campaign Trail

Caesar may have been told, “beware the ides of March,” but it’s much more important for today’s presidential hopefuls to beware the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle.

The campaign trail for a presidential candidate can be an obstacle course, especially where health and fitness are concerned. Where does the gym fit in a world of interviews, parties, long flights and press conferences? (Does the campaign trail sound like a day in the life of Lindsay Lohan to anyone else?) How is a candidate supposed to fit in 40 reps when he or she can't even catch 40 winks? Chances are, if you're out politicking, working the treadmill and moving iron probably aren't your top concerns.

Even though "The State of the Health of the Union" might not make the docket at a GOP debate, candidates should at least consider the state of their personal health. During his campaigns, Bill Clinton was a mighty spokesperson for McDonald's. Eventually, he was faced with a mighty quadruple bypass surgery!

Gone are the days of Hoover Ball and Teddy Roosevelt's outdoor adventures. Heck, even Jessie "The Body" Ventura has lost his body. Unless you count Hollywood's rendition of a vampire-slaying Abe Lincoln, Michelle Obama is probably the most fitness-conscious person in the political realm. (Nice triceps, First Lady.)

So, candidates: skip the Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes! If you're looking to get in the Oval Office, start by getting in shape. These tips are simple, easy-to-use, and ready for travel.

The Fitness Agenda

Candidates don't have to slam fast food between debates. There are plenty of other simple, fast and healthful nutritional choices available.

Not only does clean eating help the waistline (remember, the camera already adds 20 pounds), but a good diet is also helpful for mental stimulation, energy and positivity.

Pack Ahead

Whether waiting on the tarmac or for a spot on the Today Show, a candidate should always have healthy food available. Apples, nuts and nutrition bars are great on an airplane or bus.

Protein bars and MRPsare just as easy to pack, and are packed with nutrients themselves. (Alternatively, MREs can score votes from the military ranks.)

Frequent Fuel

Eating smaller meals throughout the day helps regulate blood sugar and metabolism while helping combat fatigue.

Infrequent eating of huge meals can launch an energy rollercoaster.

Candidates typically don't want to pass out on national TV.

Multiple Choice

On a hectic schedule, a candidate seldom consumes a diet balanced enough to cover all his or her bases when it comes to the essential micronutrients.

Adding a multivitamin can help a candidate get what his body needs most.

Menu For Fitness

Almost any restaurant will provide healthy choices or will modify a meal to meet health needs.

Even when candidates have to eat publicly, they should have no problem getting the right nutrition.

Tea Time

Candidates should drink tea.

The combination of caffeine and l-theanine can help maintain focus and calm, and green tea provides especially powerful antioxidants like EGCG - which might also help aid weight loss.

Earl Grey has been shown to lower a meal's glycemic index.

Vote For Less Sugar

Candidates need to avoid refined flour and sugar. Black coffee is fine, but candidates should skip the donut unless they want their gut to create its own voting district.

Sugary treats also spike blood sugar, often leading to crashes and mood swings. Stay sweet without the sugar, potential presidents.

Executive Exercises

Exercise is incredibly important for executives of all stripes (and stars), and presidential hopefuls are no exception. They can harness the positive benefits of exercise to stay healthy, support immune system function and boost mental focus.

The right type of training program can translate to more energy for stellar speeches, firmer handshakes, and on-camera baby-kisses.

There are numerous exercises a presidential candidate can do from the confines of a small (who am I kidding?) hotel room:

There are also quick workouts a candidate could knock out in 10-15 minutes before heading to a breakfast meeting with overly-stressed campaign managers, volunteers and pollsters.

Upper Body

  • Inverted rows, burpees and push-ups: Start with 10 reps of each, then perform 9 of each, then 8, then 7, all the way to 1 rep. From 1 rep, work back up to 10.

Lower Body

  • 30 seconds isometric squat into partial-rep squat for 20 reps.
  • 20 full-rep bodyweight squats and then 20 jump squats.
  • Rest 60-90 seconds.
  • Repeat 2x.

Mile High (2,000 Pound) Club

Considering the big bucks presidential hopefuls spend on their campaigns, I doubt any of them would be traveling on a commercial plane.

Perhaps turbulence and a bench press wouldn't work well together, but quick band workout on a private jet should do the trick!



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