President-elect Barack Obama knows that nothing beats stress like a rigorous workout, and between selecting his cabinet members, getting a head start on his plans for the economy, and traveling to Hawaii for his late grandmother's memorial service, Obama has continued to make time for exercise. In fact, it seems his commitment to fitness has only intensified as inauguration day draws nearer.
Obama's workout streak has lasted for several weeks, and it's reported that he's been exercising 90 minutes a day for at least 48 days in a row. Marty Nesbitt, one of Obama's closest friends from Chicago, said, "He does it every day like clockwork. He doesn't think of it as something he has to do — it's his time for himself, a chance for him to reflect. It's his break. He feels better and more revved up after he gets in his workout."
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Obama covers his bases in the gym, dividing his time between weight-lifting and a cardio rotation including a stationary bike, elliptical, and treadmill. A protein bar and organic iced tea are a typical post-workout snack for this fitness fiend. We can expect to see our next president exercising throughout his term — exercise is no fad for Obama, who has been working out at least six days a week since he was 22 years old. Let's just hope he can find a way to lay off those unhealthy cigarettes, once and for all.