When he was 16 years old, Mitt Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan found his father dead in bed of a heart attack.
The Republican Vice Presidential candidate’s father was only 55 years old when he died but this was not unusual because there is a strong family history of heart disease. Ryan’s grandfather had a fatal heart attack at age 57 and his great-grandfather died at age 59, again of a heart attack.
This worrisome family history had a significant impact on Paul Ryan’s lifestyle. Mr. Ryan, 42, said:
So I’m into the health thing
The 6 foot, 2 inch-tall Ryan is “fairly careful “about his diet, keeps his body fat between 6-8% and weighs 163 pounds. According to the BMI (body mass index) calculator at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), Mr. Ryan’s BMI is 20.9.
Ryan also engages in intensive exercise. He is a former fitness trainer and a P90X “fanatic” who, most mornings, leads about a dozen Congressional colleagues in Tony Horton’s “muscle confusion” cross-training workouts.