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How presidents have stayed active

Updated 7:34 PM ET, Thu December 1, 2016
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George Washington, the first US president, stayed active by leading a life of farming. He was also a horseman. Library of congress
Thomas Jefferson, the third president, also was an avid horseman. Caractacus is one of his most well-known riding horses. Popperfoto/Getty Images
Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president, had a passion for active outdoor life and went on hunting expeditions. Library of congress
William Howard Taft, the 27th president, was known to spend time on the golf links. Library of Congress
Warren G. Harding, left, the 29th president, also was an avid golfer. Getty Images
Herbert Hoover, the 31st president, and members of his Cabinet were known to play with a medicine ball on the south lawn of the White House. The game became known as Hooverball. National Park Service
Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd president, was not very active because of polio, but he enjoyed swimming. New York Daily News Archive/Getty Images
Harry Truman, the 33rd president, enjoyed quick-paced daily walks. Keystone/Getty Images
Dwight Eisenhower, the 34th president, spent much of his time fishing and playing golf. Getty Images
John F. Kennedy, the 35th president, was fond of sailing, swimming, and playing tennis and golf. The Kennedy family also owned a trampoline. Robert Knudsen/White House/JFK Presidential Library and Museum
Richard Nixon, the 37th president, enjoyed bowling so much that he and his wife had a one-lane bowling alley constructed in the White House. Bettmann/Getty
Gerald Ford, the 38th president, enjoyed golf, and even played in tournaments. David Hume Kennerly/White House Photo
Jimmy Carter, the 39th president, has been known to enjoy jogging. He collapsed while running a 10-kilometer race in Maryland in 1979. KARL SCHUMACHER/AFP/Getty Images
Ronald Reagan, the 40th president, enjoyed horseback riding. He suffered minor injuries when he was thrown from a horse in 1989. He also had a bedroom converted into an exercise room in the White House. Bill Ray/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty
Bill Clinton, the 42nd president, often jogged for exercise. While he was in office, a running path was put in along the South Lawn driveway at the White House. PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images
George W. Bush, the 43rd president, has been known as an avid runner and mountain biker. Charles Ommanney/Getty Images
Barack Obama, the 44th president, is known to enjoy exercising -- so much so that he has released several workout music playlists over the years. What's his favorite athletic activity? Basketball, in addition to regularly playing golf. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images/File
President-elect Donald Trump enjoys playing golf. Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images