Michelle Obama reveals she hits the gym as early as 4.30am EVERY DAY (that's one way to tackle a weakness for french fries)
15:36 GMT, 21 August 2012
Daily workouts at 6am Not bad, Paul Ryan. But there's another influential political figure who's apparently often finished with hers by then: Michelle Obama.
Especially during the school year, the First Lady gets up at 4.30am or 5am to work out before her kids wake up.
Mrs Obama made the admission on iVillage, the women's website where she is serving as a guest editor this week, with a theme of 'Rev Up Your Back-to-School Routine.'
In shape: Michelle Obama, pictured promoting her Let's Move campaign last October, has revealed that she hits the gym as early as 4.30am every day
'Barack and I work out every day,' she told the site in an interview to appear online this week.
'I usually get to the gym before he does. But he is usually there either in the middle of my workout or right at the end.
'And we're watching SportsCenter and we're catching up. That's why I know so much about sports … and you start having an opinion about (New York Jets quarterbacks Tim) Tebow and Mark Sanchez.'
'If I don't have space, I
might do a 30-minute routine that includes jumping jacks, push-ups, then some sit-ups. You take a
30-second break and do it again'
If she's on the road, Mrs Obama often brings a jump rope.
She adds: 'If I don't have a rope or space, I might do a 30-minute routine that includes a minute of jumping jacks alternating with a minute of push-ups, then some sit-ups. You take a 30-second break and do it again.'
The First Lady also tells the site what her family's food weaknesses are.
For Malia, it's juice: Her mom has suggested she cut back by drinking water or mixing it with seltzer.
And for Barack, it's chips with salsa and guacamole — or nuts, like peanuts, almonds and pecans.
Guilty pleasures: Mrs Obama reveals that her food weakness is french fries, while her husband likes to snack on chips with salsa and guacamole
'He kind of shakes them in one hand and creates, like, a little dispenser with his index finger where he can just pop them in his mouth. And I kind of imitate him when he does that. But he's a nut guy. That's what he's munching on all the time.'
As for the First Lady 'French fries, which is good because you can't just have french fries around, so that's helpful,' she says.
'But if there are french fries in the vicinity, I'm done. It's over.'
The First Lady is the first of a series of planned guest editors at iVillage, which is part of NBCUniversal.
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