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The Journal Gazette

Monday, May 15, 2017 1:00 am

Trump: Exercise drains our energy

Says human body is similar to battery

Rachael Rettner | Washington Post

President Donald Trump reportedly eschews exercise because he believes it drains the body's “finite” energy resources, but experts say this argument is flawed.

Trump's views on exercise were mentioned in a New Yorker article this month and in “Trump Revealed,” the Washington Post's 2016 biography of the president, which 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.”

Exercise does deplete stores of glucose, glycogen and fats from the body's tissues, but these fuels are restored when a person eats, said Michael Jonesco, a sports medicine and orthopedics specialist at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center.

Rather than thinking of energy stores as a battery, “a better analogy would be like the fire that you continue to fuel with more coal or wood,” Jonesco said. “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.”

According to the American Council on Exercise, starting an exercise program can improve the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle tissue, allowing muscles to produce more energy. Overall, exercise improves muscle and heart health, which boosts people's endurance, giving them more energy, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Regular exercise is linked with a number of physical health benefits, including a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and osteoporosis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.