Wednesday, October 18, 2017

President Trump Might Be Right: White Men Shouldn't Exercise

President Trump has stated more than once that he doesn't exercise. He holds the view that
it only stresses your body.

From CNN:
President Donald Trump has a number of unorthodox theories about politics. But his theory of why exercise is bad for you is the strangest I've heard yet.

"Other than golf, he considers exercise misguided, arguing that a person, like a battery, is born with a finite amount of energy," writes Evan Osnos in a piece entitled "How Trump Could Get Fired" that appears in the May 8, edition of the New Yorker.

That's far from the first time we've heard that Trump and exercise aren't friends. This, from a February 6 piece in Axios: "The only workout Trump gets is an occasional round of golf. Even then, he mostly travels by cart. On the campaign trail he viewed his rallies as his form of exercise."
In their revelatory book "Trump Revealed," the Washington Post's Mike Kranisch and Marc Fisher wrote more extensively about Trump's "battery" theory of energy:

After college, after Trump mostly gave up his personal athletic interests, he came to view time spent playing sports as time wasted. Trump believed the human body was like a battery, with a finite amount of energy, which exercise only depleted. So he didn't work out. When he learned that John O'Donnell, one of his top casino executives, was training for an Ironman triathlon, he admonished him, "You are going to die young because of this."
Now this from ABC 7 San Francisco:
Study: Too much exercise can lead to death, especially for white men

Working out is good for your health, but a new study reveals too much exercise might kill you, especially if you are a white man.

Researchers in Chicago discovered very active white men are 86-percent more likely to experience a buildup of plaque.

This study involved more than 3,000 men and women of different races, followed for 25 years.

They found if a white man worked out for at least 7.5 hours a week, he was nearly twice as likely to suffer from heart disease.

Researchers did not see a spike in other participants.
They think high levels of exercise over time causes stress on the arteries.


The findings were published at the Mayo Clinic Proceedings. More here.


  1. The "battery" theory of energy sounds like the "lump of labor" fallacy, to which Trump also seems to adhere.

  2. Google "chronic cardio". Elevated levels of heart rate for prolonged periods put too much stress on cardiovascular system. Also google HIIT which stands for "High Intesity Interval Training" which is believed to be much more heart friendly.

  3. Stress, not exercise is the killer. Type A's that over exercise cause stress, just like they cause stress in the rest of their life.

    1. Exercise is stress. Exercise in excess will cause similar hormonal reactions as mental stress. This leads to inflammation. Inflammation is the underlying cause of most conic disease.

      All types of stress need to be balanced. Studies have shown that regular exercise reduces cardiovascular risk by a factor of two or three. But long distance running increases cardiac risk by seven-fold.

      I personally know retired cyclists that have life threatening heart problems due to the training and racing. At rest a normal heart pumps about five quarts of blood per minute. When you’re cycling or running, your heart pumps 25 to 30 quarts. The human heart wasn’t designed to handle that load for hours on end, day after day.

      This is the first I have heard that there is a buildup of plaque from too much exercise. Why this is more prevalent in whites is strange. Probably has to do with how white people deal with stress overall.