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White House Workouts Set a Good Example

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I would like to applaud President Obama. I’m not applauding him for anything political like bailing out the auto industry, passing an 800-billion-dollar stimulus package or trying to reform our healthcare system. Whether you agree or disagree with these initiatives is beside the point, I am applauding President Obama for keeping not only himself fit, but also his staff.

Last week’s front page article in the New York Times, White House Sweats and He’s the Cause, talks about personal trainer, Cornell McClellan keeping the first-family and their staff fit. With the Obamas’ extremely demanding schedule, I admire their dedication to health and fitness. The stress that comes along with being the President of the United States is, without a doubt, taxing on the body. I love the fact that President Obama makes a point of staying fit to help combat the ill effects stress has on the body.

Michael Strautmanis (playing basketball with the President), Deputy Assistant to the President has lost 20lbs since serving in the White House. This was on the strong recommendation from President Obama that he see McClellan, Obama’s personal trainer in the White House. And when Strautmanis wasn’t making his personal training sessions, he heard about it from President Obama. White House aides say they do not need to feel guilty about leaving their desk to workout. It is acceptable to do so during lunch or an afternoon lull; it is considered beneficial for people’s sanity.

I know I am biased (I am a trainer), but it shouldn’t be just the White House keeping their staff fit; it should be all corporations. Keeping fit is a great preventative measure to keep healthcare costs down and is a proven way to keep staff more productive and promote teamwork. If you would like more information on corporate fitness programs, please contact us at pptswellness.com.

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