President Trump considers exercise 'misguided'

President Trump seems to have a highly unusual perspective on exercise.

As a recent New Yorker piece states, "Other than golf, he considers exercise misguided, arguing that a person, like a battery, is born with a finite amount of energy."

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In a 2016 book titled "Trump Revealed," authors Mike Kranisch and Marc Fisher wrote about Trump's philosophy on exercise, saying that "after college, after Trump mostly gave up his personal athletic interests, he came to view time spent playing sports as time wasted."

The passage continued, "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.'"

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However, Dr. Michael Jonesco with Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center recently told Live Science that Trump's "'battery' concept fails to account for several inborn capacities our body possesses that make it one of, if not the greatest, machines on Earth."

He added, "...a better analogy would be like the fire that you continue to fuel with more coal or wood. You need to continue to add fuel, or your flame will die. This is true whether you exercise or not...Simply by existing, we are burning energy."

Trump also appears to refrain from exercise because of the wear and tear it can cause on the body; in 2015, the New York Times magazine quoted him as saying that "All my friends who work out all the time, they're going for knee replacements, hip replacements — they're a disaster."

And while he is known to golf, Axios reported in February, "he mostly travels by cart."

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U.S. first lady Melania Trump

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