Michelle Obama has had to modify her attitude to exercise and health as a result of dealing with menopause and the unavoidable side effects of aging.
The former First Lady, 58, stated in an interview with People that she is learning to be nicer to her body these days in preparation for the publication of her book The Light We Carry.
Michelle Obama used to gather her close group of girlfriends for regular fitness “boot camps” when her husband Barack Obama was president and they were residing in the White House. Her demanding workouts even earned her the nickname “Drillmaster” among her friends.
That spanned the years 2009 to 2017. She claimed that she had recently had to scale back her workouts, but she was okay with it. “I find that I cannot push myself as hard as I used to. That doesn’t work out for me. That when I tear a muscle or pull something and then I’m out. The recovery time is not the same.”Her fitness routines are now focused more on flexibility than on cardio. “You wind up balancing between staying fit enough and being kind enough on your body to stay in the game,” she said.
Michelle, well knowing that every woman in America was once envy of her powerful arms, joked, “I am still physically active, and my goal now, instead of having ‘Michelle Obama arms,’ I just want to keep moving.”
Today, Michelle and her friends engage in more activities than just rigorous exercise, according to her. They encourage one another by laughing, sharing their struggles, and talking about them. She has found it simpler to adjust to this new phase of her life because to their assistance.
“If I can walk and move, I don’t have to run. I don’t have to beat everyone,” Michelle said. “I’ve had to change the way I see myself in my health space.”The Light We Carry is available to purchase starting November 15.