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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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mod16 mod16 8 years
i think they are super cute, as always
pixelhaze pixelhaze 8 years
every woman has to find HER space! HER HER HER NOT THEIR!!!!!! Sorry. I'm not usually a grammar nazi but that is my biggest pet peeve . . . I can't even listen to Fergie's song "Big Girls Don't Cry."
Manoukia Manoukia 8 years
They're both such inspiring role models, and none of it looks like they're faking it for the cameras!
gradschooldiva09 gradschooldiva09 8 years
I agree with you Spectra. They leave me with no excuse to not exercise or to make healthy living a priority!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
It's nice to know that our future president (and his wife) are so fitness/health focused. It makes the average person rethink their priorities...if even the president has time to squeeze in a 45 minute workout, don't most of us?
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I just love them. They seem like the most grounded first-family-to-be ever.
joy76 joy76 8 years
Michelle's arms are so toned!
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Agreed, Yum! Definitely makes me feel lazy. But it's awesome for them to set a good example.
Food Food 8 years
It's great to hear this, although I can't help but feel guilty! I mean, how can I not be working out 6 days a week when the President Elect of the United States has found time to do so?!
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Love to see a president (Clinton used to run, although he did love his Mickey D's and W is a runner) in shape and exercising !
Scarlatina Scarlatina 8 years
I second that, Superfoxml!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well ever since we saw bill clinton running every morning and knew that W. was a runner, it's been something to note - that our presidents are getting to be more openly fit. i wonder how that's going to work into things this term...if there's going to be some other type of workout regime coming into play or if they will get memberships to the local gym or if they will some how have a gym put into the white house if there isn't one already.
superfoxml superfoxml 8 years
Oh, I love them. I'm glad they are so demonstrative of their fitness goals.
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