A day with George W. Bush
Dr. Marc Siegel on his Texas visit, Wounded Warrior ride
- Duration 6:14
- Date May 7, 2012
Dr. Marc Siegel on his Texas visit, Wounded Warrior ride
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And joining us tonight our good friend a very own doctor Marc Siegel who recently traveled to former president George W Bush's home state -- Texas.
To accompany the president on his annual wounded warrior 100 K bike ride.
He also had the opportunity to interview the former commander in chief let's take a look.
When you're in the White House as a wartime president.
What -- -- fitness and being in good -- play and your ability to make such difficult decisions under stress under the pressure of being.
But as they -- only his position in the world.
I found -- shows the really important to be able to.
Deal with distress.
And I think it's really important where the under pressure not just to be fit.
-- here it it improves your disposition.
My presidency exercise -- a lot and whether being upstairs in the White House and elliptical machine.
Ride -- mountain bike and I ran for the first four years what my new we have -- -- -- and sector got -- about -- thankfully.
And that turns out at age 65 mountain biking is.
Is suitable to -- to your old body.
And -- is we both witnessed today.
You -- a role model to so many Americans at a time when we have an obesity epidemic do you think that people should wake up to get out there and exercise -- may be -- -- mountain bike.
Yeah -- -- -- look I believe that.
People are at least exercise twenty minutes today he images walk around the block and exercises addictive as you know and if people get started exercising and they Begin to realize have better they feel -- cosmic -- more.
Yeah I mean diet and exercising -- really important for the future of the country and and I appreciate.
You highlighting that people need to know that.
There it is a don't take care themselves early they're gonna have real health problems late.
We talk about Medicare on the trail yeah you feel that lets people would it would be inclined to over his Medicare they were better health and -- -- -- look here's -- thing coming.
A lot of medicine.
You know can be a lot of disease can be prevented and therefore.
You know a lot of medical costs not spent.
And -- exercise and take care of yourself.
You've prevented disease and I hope more people to exercise I hope that there's incentives built in to.
Insurance programs that reward people for exercise.
We are also able to not only.
It's you know who worked out hard we were able to honor people win in doing so you and I were able honor vets and is an amazing experience -- to.
Help a guy go up the hill.
Who is pedaling his mountain bike with one leg no prosthesis.
And his determination courage says to me that if he can do it.
Able bodied people ought to be after exercising to.
Is really awesome experience here and thank you for coming thank you for having me or wherever.
And joining me now with more from the fox does medically team we have doctor Marc Siegel Harry of the registry and this is your heat -- what's is -- -- Forty -- -- -- -- five to fifty because he's in incredible shape.
You know he works out all the time as he told -- on that interview he now mountain bikes he has he has a mountain -- -- on his ranch.
He leads by example is a man action rather than words he's got a prescription for health for America it's very simple start exercising let's not understand.
You know Obama care entitlements to 32 million more people and have them why they're sedentary get obese get diabetes come to me with high blood pressure.
Let's get out there -- thirty minutes today he says but -- -- addictive the word addictive.
I talk about addictive when alcohol kinds of things he's talking about addictive exercise try exercising every single day and you don't wanna keep doing what -- -- -- To keep up with the mother -- bud didn't he I know for -- fact -- I've been out of his ranch and I talked to Secret Service guys he leaves these guys in the dust.
You know one after another and he's really have a fit athlete.
Well -- many ways that we are able to -- must be ingratiate yourself well let me finish in the -- -- it took us by the third day when I was able to even come close to him he is at the front of the pack.
But he's inspiring.
The vets who are inspired me -- those guys those guys are working teamwork it's almost like they're still in the army they're helping each other up the hills.
You know they're getting better and better with the hills each day they don't they don't say one is better than the other there was a guy there with one leg.
Make major gate that's riding a one -- bicycle up and -- the hills -- 105 degree heat there's another guy their posttraumatic stress disorder.
Was very depressed a few weeks ago and he made it in the 105 degree heat and he finished.
This is a lesson about overcoming -- a lesson of the American spirit.
And that's what President Bush believes -- not sitting back and having other people take care of you take care of yourself we joked about on the trail you wanna use Medicare less.
You wanna keep Medicare from going bankrupt -- he said a seven year old man was coming up the hill and he was on the top of the hill.
He said keep writing these that keep writing and you won't have to use your Medicare as -- and they'd spend anywhere but up.
Get everybody -- And everybody got through -- when he warriors started -- all finish now it's a long road back society.
A long road back to the new normal and as you've said on the show here we got to get them jobs we've got to raise awareness for our -- we've got to help them.
This is how to do it inspiration physical activity.
And T -- and what -- do you realistically need a week.
Thirty and thirty minutes a day how many days a week is well you know -- -- oil prescription only add to this I say seven you know why you don't wanna have that -- if you wanna say I don't think well.
Sean I've got to I want to play tennis like a bad tendinitis unlike him on my knees and given a very great shape John Boehner for most people I don't wanna have them to have that day.
Because that they then leads to two days with three days I wanna say hey I didn't exercise yet today wanna -- do it today even if it's only walking.
Something every day every day is gonna cut down the suit Centers for Disease Control says if we don't increase our amount of obesity will -- 550.
Billion dollars in twenty years now that's money.
Doctor -- you're a great doctor and I'm glad -- but it is what our heroes and the president that's all the time we have left Greta is next and see.