By The Hill Staff - 07/25/12 09:00 AM EDT
Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.
Political party: Republican
Relationship status: Single
Ryan Hanretty’s secret to fitness is moderation, which is funny, considering that his guilty pleasure is going to McDonald’s and ordering a McChicken sandwich, french fry, Big Mac and Quarter Pounder — for one meal.
“I believe in moderation, but I love McDonald’s, so I’m going to eat McDonald’s,” Hanretty says. “If anyone says I’m going to get overweight or out of shape because of McDonald’s, I think that’s absolutely inaccurate. So I just think in moderation, if you’re willing to work out and stay fit, then go ahead and treat yourself to McDonald’s.”
The trick is that he only indulges in McDonald’s one or twice a month.
“I try to go to the gym every now and then, when work allows me to, but soccer is my main form of exercise,” Hanretty says. “I’ve played a lot of soccer since I was 4. So it’s kept me pretty fit.”
He plays winger or striker, and his team’s name is AC/DC.
“I’m not a huge fan of the name, but I was just looking for a team to play for,” Hanretty explains. “I just jumped on the first team I could find. I love rock ‘n’ roll, but I thought there were better names you could have come up with. But they’re a great group of guys.”
Although he didn’t play in college at Sacramento State because of a broken shin his senior year, he was later able to travel — another favorite pastime — and play in Italy, Ireland and England.
Hanretty says he looks forward to continuing to travel around the United States, with upcoming trips to rhyming capitals Boston and Austin, Texas.
— Ramsey Cox