How fit would you say the President of the United States needs to be? If he or she had to take on your morning jog, could he or she do it without becoming out of breath? The majority of Americans don’t think so, according to new survey results released today by Healthline, which questioned more than 1,000 readers on their opinions of presidential fitness, as well as who they would like to have to join them for a run around the block.

Most candidates have not released their medical records

Only Donald Trump has released his medical records to date. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein have not done so. Candidates need to release their health information for two reasons: first, it shows that they are in good health (which is key when a country is at war); second, voters should be able to decide whether a candidate's age makes them too old or not fit enough to run.

Readers want Trump's medical records

Readers are deeply interested in President Trump’s medical records. More than 7,000 people voted in a recent poll asking Healthline readers if they want Trump to release his medical records and how much of an impact they think it would have on their confidence in his ability to lead. According to our readers, most believe it would make a big difference in how confident they feel about him serving as president.

Most candidates stay in shape by running, but Trump would rather golf

68 per cent of those surveyed would like to see President Trump get some exercise. Running for president is no easy feat, and most people agree that he would be wise to start getting into better shape. The problem is, that Trump doesn’t appear to want to run; a fact that can be attributed to his obsession with golf. Now, only if Clinton shared those same sentiments...

Readers are unlikely to vote for a candidate who doesn't stay fit

A majority of voters surveyed said they felt exercise was an important qualification for a candidate's overall health and well-being. But, by and large, readers in general feel running around a block wouldn't be too strenuous for any of these guys. About 70 per cent think Clinton could run a 5K (3.1 miles), about 60 per cent think Bush could pull it off, and around 70 per cent believe Trump would survive without too much difficulty.

Readers say Clinton, Sanders, O'Malley, Kasich, Webb, Chafee should do more exercise

Based on a recent online survey of 2,100 US adults, 68 per cent of respondents believe Hillary Clinton should exercise more. 60 per cent of respondents believe Bernie Sanders should exercise more, as well. 51 per cent say Martin O’Malley should exercise more. 42 per cent think John Kasich should exercise more often. 40 per cent say Jim Webb and 38 per cent are of similar mind about Lincoln Chafee; these two candidates need to get moving in voters’ opinions.

Readers rate Rubio as most likely to be the 'most athletic POTUS ever.'

According to our recent survey, which measured respondents’ opinions of some high-profile men’s health issues and concerns, Healthline readers believe that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) would be most likely to be the ‘most athletic POTUS ever.’ The second and third most athletic presidents were tied at 7 per cent—President Obama with President Theodore Roosevelt (the 26th president). The fourth choice was President Bill Clinton in fifth place.


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