Michelle Obama Takes on Childhood Obesity
America's First Mom Talks With WebMD About How Families -- Including Hers -- Can Eat Healthfully and Be Active
So many American women want to look like you -- strong, fit, and healthy. What can they do?
The key is mixing it up. I combine weight training with cardio, and this
year I've added on Pilates. The older I get, the more I find I have to stay
flexible or injuries come more often. You don't have to run a marathon; a lot
of my cardio workout is just walking on the treadmill on an incline.
What's your favorite go-to move to do anywhere, with no equipment?
Minute planks. [Lie on the floor at the top of a push-up position, but
instead of doing the push-ups, just hold that pose for a minute -- longer if
you can, less if you're not there yet.] Then do one-handed planks on each side.
That'll get you burning real quick and strengthen your core. Or do some squats
up against the wall. Or jump squats -- jumping up and down and getting your
legs moving burns a lot of fat, expends energy, and builds up muscle mass.
With the busiest schedule in America, how do you find time to be together as a family?
We work out together as a couple almost every day, and eat dinner as a
family every night at 6:30 unless the President is traveling. We go to our
kids' games. We don't allow TV at all during the week, and no computers unless
it's school-related. No desserts during the week either -- they're a treat. We
have a set of routines and rituals that help us not just from a health
perspective, but to stay strong as a family.
Ultimately, that's what "Let's Move" is all about too: not just making kids
healthier, but strengthening families. And the beauty of it is that it's not
just another government program. It's a series of important partnerships with
the business community, nonprofits, and foundations. No one's ever set the goal
of ending childhood obesity in a generation before, but we've got momentum now,
and we're going to keep going.