President Trump thinks exercise is bad for you

As we all witness Trump and company do their damndest to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and push us all into an earlier grave, now seems like the perfect time to remind the world that when it comes to personal health, POTUS has just one word for those of you who dedicate even 15 minutes a day to physical exercise: sad!

In this week’s issue of The New Yorker, in the oh-so-hopefully titled story “How Trump Could Get Fired,” Evan Osnos writes:

There has been considerable speculation about Trump’s physical and mental health, in part because few facts are known. During the campaign, his staff reported that he was six feet three inches tall and weighed two hundred and thirty-six pounds, which is considered overweight but not obese. His personal physician, Harold N. Bornstein, issued brief, celebratory statements — Trump’s lab-test results were “astonishingly excellent” — mentioning little more than a daily dose of aspirin and a statin. Trump himself says that he is “not a big sleeper” (“I like three hours, four hours”) and professes a fondness for steak and McDonald’s. Other than golf, he considers exercise misguided, arguing that a person, like a battery, is born with a finite amount of energy.

As Vox pointed out, there are some doctors who might concur with Trump that exercise can be dangerous… if we were living in 1895. (These are the same doctors who believed that a train ride could force a woman’s uterus to “fly out” of her body.) But Trump — who once ate an entire pint of Haagen-Dazs during an interview — refuses to believe that he might be wrong on this point. As he is on so many other topics (with the exception of double-dipping; he’s firmly against the practice and we stand with him on that one).

In September 2015, the New York Times Magazine caught up with the would-be-prez on the campaign trail. When they asked about his odd aversion to breaking a sweat, Trump explained that he gets plenty of it — like when he stands up for a long time:

Trump said he was not following any special diet or exercise regimen for the campaign. ‘‘All my friends who work out all the time, they’re going for knee replacements, hip replacements — they’re a disaster,’’ he said. He exerts himself fully by standing in front of an audience for an hour, as he just did. ‘‘That’s exercise.’’

Fortunately for Trump, Dr. Bornstein — who actually wrote the words, “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency” — would probably agree. Ben Carson, too.

[photo: AP]

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