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Presidents Gave the Nod to Nutrition and Exercise

By Stephen R. Farris

Working out can be fun and you probably have a favorite exercise routine that you do on a daily basis because you enjoy doing it. Did you know a lot of our past United States Presidents exercised to stay in shape? They knew back then the importance of staying fit as possible and eating as healthy as possible would give them great benefits.

Walking is one of the best exercises that anyone can do. It's not too intense and you can burn a lot of calories by doing it in a brisk manner. Did you know that John Quincy Adams was a walker? The sixth president of the United States was known to rise early and walk 2 to 6 miles a day. He also liked to swim too.

Before Adams, our third president, Thomas Jefferson, knew the importance of balance in one's life. His normal routine was to conduct business in the morning and early afternoon and leave the rest of the day for exercise and recreation. If only he could see us today.

Harry S. Truman, our 33rd president, was big on walking as well. He was more of a power walker, averaging around 120 steps per minute over 1.5 miles each day. While today we emphasize low-carbs in our diets, Truman was doing the same back when he was in the White House. 

President Ronald Reagan, No. 40 on the presidential list, was an advocate to work all muscle groups for his exercise regime, working them out on different days. Bill Clinton, No. 42, preferred to go jogging. That meant his security team had better be in good shape to keep up with him.

Good for Everyone

The benefits of staying fit and healthy are long. Some of the main reasons to do so is to reduce your risk for heart disease and cancer, lower your blood pressure and maintain it, lose weight and keep it manageable, plus add a few extra years to your life.

Talk with your local chiropractor about making a lifestyle change. They can offer tips and suggestions on nutrition, exercise and your overall health. On top of that, if you are experiencing pain in your back, joints and neck, let them examine you and suggest ways those areas can be adjusted to get you back to your normal, every day active life. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Monrovia, Calif.

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