By Ken Reed
We’re all aware of some of the outlandish things that President Donald Trump has said — or tweeted — this past year. Some of his thoughts and beliefs are interesting, to say the least.
But until I saw a recent Washington Post article, I didn’t know what his beliefs were on the topic of exercise.
Brace yourself, this is a doozy.
Trump apparently avoids exercise because he believes it drains the body’s “finite” energy resources.
Trump’s views on exercise were touched on in a New Yorker article this month and also mentioned in a 2016 Washington Post biography titled “Trump Revealed.”
The book noted that Trump mostly gave up athletics after college because he “believed the human body was like a battery, with a finite amount of energy, which exercise only depleted.”
Medical doctors and exercise physiology experts counter Trump’s bizarre claim by pointing out that the human body becomes stronger with exercise.
“If we can create a battery that, every time it’s used, actually becomes more powerful and efficient, then sure, our body is like that battery.” said Michael Jones, a sports medicine specialist at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.
According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise improves muscle and heart health, boosting people’s endurance and giving them more energy.
— Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of FansPrint
- League of Fans is a sports reform project founded by Ralph Nader to fight for the higher principles of justice, fair play, equal opportunity and civil rights in sports; and to encourage safety and civic responsibility in sports industry and culture.