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Michelle Obama's fitness routine

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Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama harvests the Kitchen Garden at White House, Washington D.C., America - 30 Oct 2013
First Lady Michelle Obama, joined by school children from Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia perform the fall harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden on October 30, 2013 in Washington, DC. She was also joined by Sesame Street characters Elmo and Rosita
First Lady Michelle Obama

US First Lady Michelle Obama has discussed how her workout regime is changing as she approaches her 50th birthday.

Michelle will celebrate her 50th birthday on January 17 and has discussed how her age affects her exercise routine. The star is known for her dedication to keeping in shape, but in recent months she has begun thinking about things other than staying slim.

She told People magazine these days her workouts are about balance and flexibility "so that I'm not falling and breaking a hip one day".

Keeping fit has always been important to Michelle, who last year launched the Let's Move! Active Schools initiative to encourage more physical exertion for children as they are learning.

Much has also been made of the First Lady's dedication to arm routines, with her toned limbs the envy of many. While she will still be ensuring her body is tight, Michelle is enjoying testing out other ways of exercising.

"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," she explained.

The star also touches on diet in the interview, revealing she tries not to deny herself foods but is big on munching fruit and vegetables.

She was also asked her opinion on the ageing process and refused to rule out plastic surgery. While she can't imagine going under the knife at the moment, Michelle has a "never say never" attitude to most things in life. She also believes women should be able to do whatever they want to help them feel confident about their appearance.

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