Governor Sarah Palin Workout: Exercise in Alaska, Challenges and Benefits

Governor Sarah Palin running Mendenhall Glacier, near Juneau.

To work off the stress of the job, Sarah Palin attributes physical activity as a big factor in helping her stay strong and effective.

“I have always been real active in sports,” said Sarah Palin in a video segment on Greta Van Susteren’s ON THE RECORD ‘An American Woman’ — and exclusive documentary on the rise of Governor Sarah Palin that was broadcast September 6 and repeated on September 7, 2008 on FOXNEWS.

Even as a “pregnant lady” she had to work off the stress. She reflected about a workout the day before the interview during her pregnancy with Trig …

I had to get to the gym
I had to sweat
I had to workout

Sarah Palin says she either jogs or lifts weights. Her parents were high school track and cross-country coaches that ran marathons. Palin says in a Wall Street Journal Magazine article Saturday September 6 that “running was a family affair” and that, “thankfully, I’ve never tired of it.” She added that “conventional running is my sanity.” Post partum she is striving to get back to a routine of running 7 to 10 miles almost every day. For cardio work she switched to aerobics classes at her gym when she was pregnant. Currently she is running three miles every other day — about five months after the birth of son Trig (her fifth child) on April 18, 2008.

In summer when the sun doesn’t set, Sarah Palin sometimes runs at midnight. In winter, when it is dark all day, she might run in mid-afternoon or get on the treadmill after work at home or at the gym.

Sarah Palin attributes most of her arm strength to controlling heavy and powerful snowmobiles through hundreds of pounds of powdered snow. She does keep some dumbbells at home.

Gov. Palin would like to run on a hot dusty road in just running shorts and a high-tech top that wicks away sweat, according to the WSJ Magazine article by Jen Murphy. However, Alaska’s cold temperatures have her wearing layers of fleece. Lately she’s been running in Nike Air Structure Triax.

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Palin says she writes her best speeches and letters during ‘inspired time’ while she is running.

Nutritional info is a little scarce. We learned from the WSJ article that Sarah pretty much skips breakfast, except for white-chocolate mocha, and she doesn’t fuel up with a post-workout meal or supplement — just water.

Palin reports that otherwise she eats a healthy diet of wild Alaskan seafood, moose, caribou and fresh fruit.

Check here for details on the nutrition of caribou meat, cooked and roasted:
A 340-gram piece of meat resulting from cooking 1 pound of raw meat yields the following:
Total calories: 568
Total fat: 15g
Saturated Fat: 6g
Cholesterol: 371 mg (VERY HIGH!)
Sodium: 204 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 0g
Protein 101g

The amino acid score is 118 (An Amino Acid Score of 100 or higher indicates a complete or high-quality protein.)

The Inflammation Factor Rating is (-406) A negative number is an unfavorable number. Levels of certain chemicals in your blood are known to increase with increased levels of inflammation. One of these chemical markers for inflammation is a protein called C-reactive protein (CRP). CRP is often measured in conjunction with other blood tests, and normal values are well established. From a clinical standpoint, a CRP level of less than 5 milligrams per liter of blood is considered normal. “Normal” may not be optimal, though. Many medical researchers believe that even slight elevations of CRP are tied to increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and many other diseases.

Roasted moose meat is less inflammatory with less total fat and less cholesterol.

The body creates both inflammatory and anti-inflammatory chemicals, called “prostaglandins” from nutrients in the food that are eaten. Imbalances in diet can lead to the creation of excessive amounts of inflammatory prostaglandins, which activate your body’s inflammatory response. To counter negative effects,the consumption of certain nutrients, like omega-3 fatty acids, allows the body to produce more anti-inflammatory prostaglandins, which it uses to reduce inflammation.

Many experts recommend consuming a diet that results in a diet of Inflammation Factor Rating of +50 or greater. Governor Palin reported that her diet includes wild Alaskan seafood, which could included salmon. Salmon, generally has a favorable score for the Inflammation Factor Rating. Many fruits have a slightly unfavorable rating for the Inflammation Factor Rating, probably due to the estimated glycemic load of sugars in fruit.

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WSJ Magazine ‘Running Alaska’