Paul Ryan. Lean and Mean on America’s Health

The P90 X workout system is experiencing a quite the boon in business since Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan as his running mate. The media seems quite enamoured with Paul Ryan’s peak physique and were quick to inquire into his busy schedule methods. The VP hopeful credited the P90X Muscle Confusion workout system (and a healthy diet that negates fried and fatty foods… but no one is mentioning that part) and google searches for Paul Ryan P90X have since spiked 5000%.

Weather the P90x system is healthy and/or effective is up for debate. Still, Paul Ryan stands as an example of how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I fear he unfairly holds people to his standards. His rigorous morning workout regiment provides insight into his views regarding personal responsibility for health and well-being and cutting the fat is a philosophy he mistakenly extends to public health.

I do not think Paul Ryan is interested in issues revolving around public health and childhood obesity. A track record of lack of support for Health initiatives and a wealth of support for cuts Federal Food Programs such as SNAP supports this conclusion.

Like Michele Obama the man seems to welcome the positive example healthy living PR. He has begun a morning workout routine with about 12 other congress men and women and I sincerely an exercise tape is soon to follow (Sweatin’ with the Senate, or Gettin’ Fit with Ryan and Mitt would be my titles of choice ). This persona clashes harshly with his lack of support for the very same programs that promote more physical education in schools or inhibit the marketing on calorically empty junk foods he himself avoids to children. This is further muddled by his apparent support of strong Social Security reform. Does Ryan feel that children can be better accountable for their health and diet than the elderly. If so, does P90x for kids at least come with a kiddie sized chin up bar.

As it stands Paul Ryan’s hypocritical views on health have left me as confused as his muscles after a particularly gruelling core class.
Here is a site that might shed some light.

Speakin’ of Which Here is a Bomb Smoothie to boost your muscles recipe courtesy of Evan Wilder.

The Merry Gorilla:

1 tablespoon Hemp Protein or Hemp Seeds
2 tablespoons Peanut or almond butter
1 banana fresh or frozen
1/2 cup berries fresh or frozen
1/2 cup almond mild or water
1/2 cup ice
2-3 leafs dark greens (kale, chard, spinach, collard…)
Optional – one date or teaspoon maple syrup

Toss it all in a blender, take to the gym, CRUSH IT!


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