The former first lady, 53, recently shared a slideshow on Instagram featuring her go-to workout for a fit, fine figure.
“When I was at the White House, I often hosted boot camp weekends for my close girlfriends. It didn’t matter that we were all at varying fitness levels. Our boot camp weekends were a reminder that if we want to keep taking care of others, we need to take care of ourselves first,” she wrote. “And even though I’m no longer at the White House, I’ve continued this tradition and wanted to share some photos. My girlfriends have been there for me through all kinds of life transitions over the years – including a pretty big one recently! And we’ve done our best to stay healthy together. Whether it’s a boot camp or a walk around the neighborhood, I hope you and your crew can find some time this summer to be healthy together.”
In the pics, Obama is joined by her “crew” as they sweat it out doing lunges, crunches, leg lifts and planks.
In 2008, she revealed to Marie Claire that exercise isn’t just a way to stay fit, but a tool she’s used to manage stress. “Exercise is really important to me — it’s therapeutic,” she said. “So if I’m ever feeling tense or stressed or like I’m about to have a meltdown, I’ll put on my iPod and head to the gym or out on a bike ride along Lake Michigan with the girls.”
During her days in the White House, Obama championed the Let’s Move campaign in an effort to raise a healthier generation of kids. Let’s not forget, she also single-handedly re-designed school lunch programs by way of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act — the first major changes in school meals in 15 years, which prompted schools to serve healthier foods and reduce the costs of lunches for low-income families, in addition to Chefs Move to School, which enlisted chefs to teach making healthier choices when cooking and eating to cafeteria staff and kids, per the USDA.