The Obamas on Fitness and Health CarePosted on Sep 9th 2009 2:00PM by Kimberly Papa
| Photo: Courtesy of Men's Health
It's easy to talk a good game about the importance of having a healthy lifestyle, but what's inspiring about the Obamas is that they actually live it.
In Men's Health, President Obama opens up about what motivates him to maintain his six-day-a-week workout routine: "My blood pressure is pretty low, and I tend to be a healthy eater. So I probably could get away with cutting [my workouts] back a little bit. The main reason I do it is just to clear my head and relieve me of stress."
In her interview with Women's Health, Michelle Obama reveals how she gets her famously well-toned arms with exercises straight from her trainer, and talks about how she makes smart diet choices without depriving herself of her favorite foods.
"I do love a good burger and fries. French fries are my favorite food in the whole world. If I could, I'd eat them at every meal -- but I can't. My whole thing is moderation. If I make good, healthy choices most of the time, then having what I love every once in a while won't hurt. I have to exercise and eat in a balanced way. If I start ignoring both, I will put on weight. I am fortunate in that I'm five-eleven, so it takes a while for the weight to be seen, but it'll come! It's just distributed more. If I didn't exercise and eat right I would be heavier, and I have been."
Among other health-care issues, President Obama also addresses the "war on obesity" and how developing healthy habits early in life can make a difference. "Well, first of all, I don't think it's a war. As I said, my mother struggled with weight -- and I know that some of it was just genetic. But part of it was she grew up in a generation where, unfortunately, women weren't always encouraged to be athletically active. She didn't get into those early habits that my daughters are already in, because they play soccer and are consistently active. So it's an example of how socialization can make a difference, particularly with our kids."
The President even discusses the possibility of exploring sin taxes, which would place additional costs on sugary products like sodas. "There's no doubt that our kids drink way too much soda. And every study that's been done about obesity shows that there is as high a correlation between increased soda consumption and obesity as just about anything else. Obviously it's not the only factor, but it is a major factor...And look, people's attitude is that they don't necessarily want Big Brother telling them what to eat or drink, and I understand that. It is true, though, that if you wanted to make a big impact on people's health in this country, reducing things like soda consumption would be helpful."
Both magazines hit newsstands on September 15th.
Want to learn more about the First Lady's fitness routine? Find her workout tips here.