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How the Obamas Work Fitness Into Their Busy Lives

Follow the leader? Maybe it's not such a bad idea when it comes to copying the fitness-focused president-elect and future first lady. It's impossible to ignore Michelle Obama's buff arms and Barack Obama's slim physique when there are pictures of the power couple doing everything from waving to crowds to playing in the waves. With schedules more hectic than most people could imagine, the Obamas have managed to make fitness a priority — the president-elect even found time for shooting hoops on election day.

In an interview for the November issue of Men's Health, Barack Obama said, "Most of my workouts have to come before my day starts. There's always a trade-off between sleep and working out. Usually I get in about 45 minutes, six days a week. I'll lift one day, do cardio the next."

To see Michelle's fitness strategy,


According to Sandy Matthews, the future first lady's old workout buddy, Michelle uses cross-training and mixes strength and cardio exercises involving weights, the treadmill, the stair-stepper, or a spin bike. Like many of you, she is competitive with herself during her workouts with the goal of maximizing her time, and Matthews suggested that most women can relate. She said, "It's your time. I think every woman has to find their space and their time during the course of a day, especially a working mom."


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