Finland FM tells men to get on their bikes

15th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

Stubb, who as a child dreamt of becoming an ice hockey player or professional golfer, said the book aims to show how to strike the perfect balance between moderate exercise, good food and rest.

Helsinki -- Finland's Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb, a triathlon enthusiast, told Finnish men to get off the sofa and get on their bikes Thursday as he launched a new book urging them to get more exercise.

"My life is bound by diary appointments, but the two high points of my day are when I get to go training and when I can go home," Stubb told reporters.

"One hour of exercise per day gives you additional energy for two hours," he added.

The Man's Training Book features the 41-year-old minister's advice on cycling, running, swimming and cross country skiing. Training tips come from some of Finland's top sports personalities, including Virpi Kuitunen, Olympic medalist in cross country skiing.

Stubb, who as a child dreamt of becoming an ice hockey player or professional golfer, said the book aims to show how to strike the perfect balance between moderate exercise, good food and rest.

"I am not claiming I find the balance every day, but at least for a couple of days a week it feels that it is going well," he explained.

Stubb said he planned to give a copy of the book to his colleagues in the Finnish government.

The next triathlon competition Stubb will attend takes place in the Finnish capital in early September.

Stubb is not the only European minister who juggles a busy political life with a daily exercise regime: British Conservative and opposition leader David Cameron is well known for biking to work while French President Nicolas Sarkozy is a keen runner.

AFP/Expatica

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