President George W. Bush says that rigorous exercise on his mountain bike is great for the mind and body.
Asked in a network broadcast interview about people who say they are too busy to exercise regularly, Bush said, "I don't buy that. I think you set priorities in life, and if exercise is one of your priorities, then you do it."
"I'm amazed at how young I feel," Bush, 60, told CBS television's "The Early Show" in an interview broadcast Thursday.
He also said he was heartened by the advance of women's athletics in the United States. "I'm a big backer of Title IX," Bush said of the law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally-funded education programs.
"I think the progress, though, has been startling from the day when there were hardly any women's teams," said the president.
He said a fitness culture "starts with families" and said "I exercise a lot because it's good for my mind and it's good for my soul."
Bush also said, "we ought to insist on better food. A lot of the dietary problems are what people eat. Our obesity problem is not just an exercise problem, but a bad diet."
"I feel great," he said, "and I think most 60-year-olds feel good if they take care of their body and be careful of what they put in their body."