How Much Does Fitness Influence Your Vote?

With the presidential election just days away, the FBGs are curious if a candidate’s physical fitness is influencing your decision on election day. Obama is known for hitting the gym and trying to quit smoking, and Palin is a big-time runner. But, does that matter to you? And please, in the comments, let’s be respectful about our political beliefs. It’s the weekend after all!

  • A LOT: If you can’t take care of yourself, how can you take care of the country?!
  • Some: It’s important but with the economy in the tank, it’s not the most important factor on Nov. 4.
  • None: I’m all about separation of fitness and state.
  • Undecided: Ask me on election day. I just don’t know right now!


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  1. GroundedFitness says:

    not too much. I dont like to judge, and i feel like someone’s physical fitness is a private matter. health is a different issue, however, and i would put more emphasis on that. but only if it was a matter of life and death or something. but i dont care if a candidate could out bench press me or anything.

    Kelly Turner

  2. bartolomo says:

    I really don’t think much about the candidates commitment to fitness. I guess if someone was grossly obese it would matter, but you really don’t see that ever, do you?

  3. Marcy says:

    None. I never pay attention LOL

  4. WeightingGame says:

    I would say it matters in that I want a president who knows how to be healthy and take care of him/herself (i mean, they ARE running the country, after all.) But I wouldn’t vote for one over the other just because one was a marathon runner and the other a couch potato. It’s one factor but def. not the deciding one. Interesting question, tho!

  5. MizFit says:


    that said, when was the last time we had a candidate with a raging beer belly 🙂

    they already come to us knowing I guess that we want to see at least an effort at living through their time in office via fitness huh?

  6. Crabby McSlacker says:

    What a great poll question!

    I probably would have answered differently if not for watching Bush pay more attention to his running than to his running the country. Still, I think it’s important for a leader to be in good physical shape, as it does have a big impact on mental functioning.