No matter how you feel about Mitt Romney‘s choice of a running mate, Paul Ryan, and his take on the federal budget (including major cuts to Medicare and Medicaid), nobody can deny that he is one fit politician whose P90X workouts and low body fat make him one of the healthiest role models from Washington that we’ve seen yet.
The 42 year-old hottie, as some have called him, is six-foot-two and weighs 163 pounds with only 6-8 percent body fat. He used to be a personal trainer and now is hooked on Tony Horton‘s popular P90X, which has been called the “congressional workout” because of his influence in getting other politicians to do it too, he told Politico:
I’m kind of a workout guy. I’ve always been into it. [Former Mich. Rep.] Bart Stupak and I lead [P90X classes] — there’s about a dozen of us that do it.
Ryan, who describes himself as “kind of a skinny guy” went on to explain why it works so well for him:
It works because it hits your body in many different ways: pull-ups, sit-ups, lots of cardio, karate, jump training, yoga. It pushes your body…and gets you out of your plateau. It gets results. It works.
Seems he’s as diligent about slashing body fat as he is the national budget. But no matter how you feel about that, even those who oppose him like Washington Post‘s political reporter Dana Milbank, admit that his focus on health is admirable:
It can only do us good as a nation to have as a role model such a fine physical specimen in high office. Hopefully, Ryan will inspire more Americans to get healthy. That’s important, because if Ryan succeeds in ending Medicare, they won’t be able to afford getting sick.
True, Obama plays basketball and Michelle has been instrumental in leading changes to this nation’s childhood obesity epidemic, but Ryan seems much more hardcore. He’s obviously in great shape and takes his health seriously (unlike Obama who smoked during the beginning of his reign–and has anyone ever seen Joe Biden working out?). Ryan’s priority on fitness is definitely a positive, much-needed role model, because our nation’s health is as much of a crisis as our budget. Not that this is the only deciding factor of course on election day, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Tell us what you think. Does Ryan’s fitness make him more appealing to you as a vice presidential candidate?