Hear more grunts than usual emanating from the House gym this morning?
Blame fitness guru Tony Horton, who led about 15 Members and staffers in a tough hour-plus workout.
Horton (who’s most famous for his ripped-body-inducing P90X program) told HOH after the session that he was impressed with the level of fitness of his participants, including Reps. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and P90X aficionados Reps. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) and Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).
And that’s a good thing, since Horton thinks a buffer Congress might be a better one — and not just aesthetically. Exercise releases chemicals in the brain that lead to clearer thinking and better decision-making, he says. “If you have a fit Congressman, a healthy Congressman, a flexible Congressman — maybe it’s a bit far-fetched, but — maybe we’d have a more efficient Congress.”
Horton visited Washington for “brainstorming sessions” with Members and others about how the military might make use of his products (Horton has a large fan base in the armed services already) and how fitness fits into health-care reform.
He’ll meet with Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) — his home-state Senator who happens to sit on both the Armed Services and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committees — Friday afternoon.
****Amazing!!****In Him and Health-Demi XOXO