The politicians on this list stay fit themselves and help their constituents learn the value of a healthy and active lifestyle.
Samir Becic expressed why it is so important for politicians to stay fit: “America’s leading politicians are in the public eye and have access to other powerful decision makers. They can and should use their unique position to help stop the obesity epidemic in our country. The men and woman on this list deserve recognition because they are great ambassadors for a healthy lifestyle and they lead by example.”
HFR team, together with its founder Samir Becic, are the first in the county to do in-depth research about the fitness of presidential candidates, top fittest senators, governors, mayors and congresspeople.
Our methodology for creating the list is as follows: We first researched all the available data on hundreds of American politicians, taking into account fitness level, nutritional habits, age, their own medical issues and how they coped with them, and involvement and promotion of healthy lifestyle. Then, we did more extensive research to narrow it down to the final candidates. We used a combination of interviews, internet, library, industry literature, and HFR founder Samir Becic’s knowledge of over 20 years in athletics coupled with his recognition as one of the country’s leading health and fitness experts.
Paul Ryan (Speaker of the House)
Paul Ryan is at the height of his political career and at the top of our list of fittest American politicians. An avid athlete since his youth, when he played basketball, soccer, skied and hiked, Ryan stays active even now as Speaker of the House.
A former personal trainer, Paul only has 6%-8% body fat, works out like a warrior and leads fellow Hill staffers in daily morning sessions of the popular 90-day, body-sculpting program called P90X, which includes pull-ups, sit-ups, lots of cardio, karate, jump training, and yoga. After his father died from heart failure at the age of 55, Ryan dedicated himself to staying in shape to avoid the same fate. He not only exercises but maintains a strict diet as well. His successful career and physical fitness are proof that a lifelong dedication to fitness can lead to great results!
Andrew Cuomo (Governor of New York)
The New York Governor is a model leader in fitness because he leads by example and heads initiatives to improve fitness in his state. In fact, Governor Andrew Cuomo loves boxing so much that he has a boxing equipped gym in his house. He often integrates weight training with cardio and jogs around 2 to 3 hours a week. He is also father of three girls, all whom have participated in various sports including soccer and track. In New York, Cuomo officially made Sept. 26 Women’s Health and Fitness Day.
Ben Sasse ( Senator- Nebraska)
The Nebraskan senator is an accomplished sportsman with a long history of competing in athletics with distingished. He was quarterback for University of Oxford and wrestled at Harvard University in freshman & sophomore years.
But his commitment to fitness and athleticism is not just a thing of the past. Governor Sasse runs or lifts weights four times a week, which is the recommended level of physical activity for an adult. To cope with the extra stress and unhealthy lifestyle of campaigning, Sassed tallied 10,400 pushups on his campaign bus, which are about 335 per day. Sounds like a perfect candidate for #Pushupseverywhere!
Rahm Emanuel (Mayor – Chicago)
Three mornings a week, Rahm wakes up early, runs to the gym, and swims a mile in a 50-meter indoor pool. Then he does chest exercises and runs two miles back to his Ravenswood Manor home. The other two mornings, he rides 25 miles on a stationary bike, followed by a 15-minute turn on the elliptical, weights, 100 sit-ups, and 50 pushups. On Saturdays, he bikes 20 miles outdoors. What day of rest? He practices yoga on Sunday. Mayor Emanuel is working on childhood obesity too- he is working in partnership with agencies, foundations, corporations, and other key stakeholders, to give all children in Chicago the childhood they deserve by having access to parks and playgrounds. He is often spotted in activewear around town.