Why Michelle Obama is one of the Fittest Mom’s Out There

I love reading The Daily Beast, and today I had a chance to read Isabel Wilkinson’s article on The First Lady’s 11 Diet and Fitness secret. Michelle Obama is one disciplined and happy woman! If anything, we can all learn a lot from this fierce and strong woman, if she can make time to make health and fitness a priority. I believe that we all can too.

Michelle Obama Fitness secrets

From thatblackgirlsite.com

Read about her Diet and Fitness secret below! Full article is from The Daily Beast here.

1. She Doesn’t Count Calories

When it comes to dieting, Obama says she no longer fixates on counting calories. “I try to keep my weight at a certain level,” she tells iVillage. “And I’ve found that as I get older … I don’t like to diet. I like food. I don’t like to have to worry and count every calorie … I just don’t like to live that way.” As she wrote in a column Women’s Health in 2010, “Being a healthy woman isn’t about getting on a scale or measuring your waistline—and we can’t afford to think that way. Instead, we need to start focusing on what matters—on how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves.”

2. She Works Out at the Crack of Dawn

Every day MObama gets up at around 4:30 or 5 a.m. to work out before her kids wake up and does cardio and weights. She often meets Barack at the gym. “I usually get to the gym before he does,” she says. “But he is usually there either in the middle of my workout or right at the end.”

3. She Listens to Willow Smith

Well, this is awesome: “Whip My Hair” is on her playlist, alongside J.Lo’s “Get Right.”

4. She Watches ‘SportsCenter’  as a Distraction While She Works Out

“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,” she tells iVillage.

5. She Eats Five Meals a Day, When She’s ‘Doing What I’m Supposed to Do’

“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 while promoting 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. This last year I’ve tried to change it so 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.”

6. She Leaves It to Her Chefs

“I give them guidelines, because I don’t have time to think about, oh, I want to have this for lunch,” she said on her book tour. “One of my favorite lunches is veggie pizza on whole-wheat bread. It’s really good, just loaded with vegetables and cheese and tomato sauce. I love that. And then, dinner is again up to the chefs. It will have a meat, a grain, vegetables, salad. If I’m trying to be lean I’ll just do a salad. And if I’m hungry I’ll add a protein on top of that.”

7. There’s Obviously An ‘Arm-Training Superset’ Somewhere in There

According to her trainer Cornell McClellanMObama’s weightlifting and cardio sets include a rigorous arm segment that includes triceps pushdowns and hammer curls.

8. There’s Somehow Time in Her Schedule for Yoga and Pilates

“I have found that as I get older, I need to work on flexibility, because that’s where you help to avoid injuries,” she tells iVillage. “So I started doing some yoga. I’ve done Pilates before, but I have a hard time doing both, because I just don’t have the time in my schedule. But I always try to do something that really works on that flexibility leg of the fitness stool.”

9. She Pumps Iron

“You don’t have to be a weightlifter,” she says. “I know a lot of women get worried about muscle definition. But actually, I’ve been told by fitness experts that the average person will not bulk up on the weights that we can lift.”

10. She’s Packing Rubber Bands

The first lady packs a rubber band and a jump rope in her suitcase on the road. “I might do a 30-minute routine that includes a minute of jumping jacks alternating with a minute of pushups, or however many you can do, and then some sit-ups. And you keep doing that circuit again and again, and you’ll find that you’re going to build up a lot of sweat,” she says.

11. She Is Not Afraid to Tell You She Loves Her 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.”

Timex Run Goes to Davao this coming August 26, 2012!

Timex is bringing the healthy and active running lifestyle in the whole archipelago by holding a Timex Run in the beautiful city of Davao. After the success of Timex Run Manila and most recently the one in Cebu, Timex Run will be a treat for Davaoeños and for tourist in Davao this coming weekend.

Now, as I write this I cannot help but feel a pang of envy for everyone who will be running the 5KM, 10KM and 16KM distances along the Roxas Avenue and streets of Davao City.

You can register for Timex Run Davao in the Following Locations up until August 24, 2012:

TIMEX Abreeza Davao – Abreeza Davao Mall. JP Laurel Ave., Bajada, Davao City (11:00 am – 8:00 pm)
TIMEX Shop, SM City, Davao. Quimpo Blvd. cor Tulip & Ecowest Drive Davao City (11:00am – 8:00pm)
Category Amount Race Kit
5km 400php Bib w/ Timing tag and Singlet
10km 500php Bib w/ Timing tag and Singlet
16km 600php Bib w/ Timing tag and Singlet

Check out the Race Routes for the Timex Run Davao below:

Timex Davao Race Map 16K

16KM Race Route

Timex Run Davao Race Route

Race Route 10KM

Race Route 5KM

Call the Davao Hotline number at  0927-429-9516, the Runrio Manila Office Globe (0916) 5709220, Smart (0929) 7178164 and Landline (632) 703-1736 for any questions and concerns.

Enjoy the Timex Run Davao this weekend! :)

Video: Have a Quickie and Fine Workout with a Medicine Ball

These days, I try to do some short exercises in between work and at times after I go out for a run. Right now, my best and convenient gym equipment is the medicine ball. Very easy to use and you can do a full body workout in just 15 to 20 minutes of your day.

After my 5K run this noon time, I did the following medicine ball exercise. Running may help my heart and lungs, but I need some weight training to help my muscles be toned and stronger. Just get yourself a 5 to 15 pound medicine ball from Toby’s or Chris Sports store and follow the exercise video below.

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