10 Interesting Health Facts about Past Presidents

Did you know that Lyndon Johnson took power naps during his presidency? Find out more interesting ways our founding fathers stayed healthy.

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Presidential Healthy Habits

Some of the great leaders of our country also practiced healthy habits. Here’s a few that you may want to consider yourself!

  • John Quincy Adams regularly took a dip in the Potomac and preceded nightly dinner with a three-to-four mile walk
  • Thomas Jefferson soaked his feet in cold water every morning
  • Harry Truman practiced portion control
  • Lyndon Johnson took powernaps
  • Bill Clinton regularly jogged around the South Lawn of the White House
  • George W. Bush was an avid biker
  • James Buchanan took daily walks on Pennsylvania Avenue
  • Barack Obama believes in daily exercise and regularly participates in cardio, weight training, and basketball
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower installed a putting green at the White House and played more than 800 rounds of golf while in office
  • Herbert Hoover invented Hooverball, which involved interval training with a medicine ball

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