During the years in which Michelle Obama has reigned as First Lady in the White House, she's become famed for her belief that eating right and moving enough can change lives. She created campaigns like "Let's Move" and sought to improve the National School Lunch Program. But she's not neglecting her own diet and fitness. In a Jan. 15 interview with People magazine, Mrs. Obama talked about why she's planning on implementing more yoga moves - and less cardio - into her workouts now that she's getting older.
"I'm seeing myself shift from weight-bearing stuff – even though that continues to be important – and the heavy cardio and running, to things like yoga that will keep me flexible," she revealed.
Looking forward to her 60s and 70s, a time when many women begin to suffer balance and flexibility problems, Mrs. Obama emphasizes that she wants to make sure she stays flexible and fit.
The yoga-centric workout is designed "so that I'm not falling and breaking a hip one day," she declared.
And even though her birthday is on Jan. 17, Mrs. Obama already feels positive about the big 5-0, revealed CBS News on Jan. 13.
Her description of herself: "50 and fabulous."
In addition, Mrs. Obama makes sure to keep her own diet clean and lean, reported Fox 411 on Jan. 15.
"I don't obsess about what I eat, but I do make sure that I'm eating vegetables and fruit," she added.
Talking with iVillage recently, Mrs. Obama also emphasized her belief in five meals a day and healthy carbs.
“I try to eat—when I’m being good—five meals, a breakfast, which can be like stir-fried vegetables, tofu, or oatmeal,” she said, emphasizing the value of home-grown veggies while discussing her book, "American Grown: The Story of The White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America."
"And then I’ll have a snack, something like this [pointing to a tray of sliced apples and honey from the White House beehive] or a vegetable tray or sometimes a protein shake ... then lunch," she added.
In addition, the First Lady tries to make "my lunch is my biggest meal ... like today, I had fish and vegetables, stir-fried vegetables. And if I’m going to have a carb, like a brown rice or a potato or something, I’ll have it at lunch.”
As for how she makes time for exercise? She arises at around 4:30 or 5 a.m. to work out before her kids wake up and does cardio and weights - and now yoga.
The First Lady's "Let's Move" campaign to reduce childhood obesity rates through the combination of exercise and healthier eating enters its fifth year in February.