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Michelle Obama Turns To Yoga As She Turns 50

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FLOTUS pose? Michelle Obama says she’s steering away from lifting weights in exchange for getting her yoga on.

“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,” the First Lady told People magazine in an interview coming out Friday, which also happens to be her birthday.

Lady O is turning the big 5-0, and while we can admit those are some wonderfully toned biceps, it sounds like she’s looking toward the longer term. Mrs. Obama says she’s switching her workout to include yoga to focus on balance and flexibility ”so that I’m not falling and breaking a hip one day.” Because, contrary to what we see on social media, yes there is yoga after 50. It also helps to prevent osteoporosis which affects millions of people (1 in 3 women, 1 in 5 men over 50) worldwide, often in the hips.

We’ve known Michelle to be a fan of yoga for years now. How else do you think all these bunnies and kiddies got their Easter egg asana on? She’s also incorporated yoga into her initiatives and programs to reduce childhood obesity, so it’s not surprising she would take to the practice herself. Of course, we can’t speak for the rest of Washington. POTUS and FLOTUS pose do have a nice ring to them, though.

Rumor has it President Obama is throwing a big dance party for his wife’s birthday on Friday, and we’re sure he’d want to honor her new routine, so you know what that means…VOGA time!

Photo: Reuters

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8 comments… add one

  • Joanie Sheahan

    Michelle Obama is an inspiration to all of us. I am 56 and do pilates 5 days a week. I can get up and down off a floor with ease, but I do wish I had arms like Michelle. That girl is doing some serious weightlifting!

  • VQ2

    No, those arms look too streamlined for weights, something highly (dedicated-)cardio and intense attention to diet created them … maybe she’s a swimmer ?

  • Namaste Jones

    I love this woman. She has done so much good on the health front. Go, Michelle!

  • Lulu

    I’ll pay for her yoga instruction if mine gets paid for as well. That’s equality! I think John Friend is available.

  • arlet

    love her! Mrs. O is a great spokesperson and example of living a healthy and active life! http://extendyoga.com/

  • Her playfulness gets important lifestyle messages out to the masses. Way to go!

  • Pamela

    But many yoga poses are great strength-builders and involve weight-bearing…as much as I love the FLOTUS, I for one am sad to see yoga limited to just “balance & flexibility.”

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