12 Wellness Tips From Michelle Obama We Can Definitely Get Behind
For the last eight years, first lady Michelle Obama has been a superstar role model for healthy living. She is known for her love of gardening, her Let's Move initiative to fight childhood obesity, and yes, of course, her killer arms.
In honor of M'Obama's unwavering dedication to wellness, we scoured the internet for her best advice on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Here are 12 habits—straight from the White House—that will keep us all feeling good well beyond January 20, 2017:
1. Eat dinner as a family.
2. Maintain a holistic view on health.
When asked about her definition of health, the first lady often responds that health is multifaceted and that good health is a combination of positive physical, mental, and emotional states of being. We couldn't agree more.
3. Prioritize yourself.
The first lady stresses the importance of putting yourself first on your priority list. So many women forget to do this, but, especially when it comes to exercise, don't compromise! You deserve to look and feel your best. And hey, if the first lady of the United States can find time to exercise—no excuses for the rest of us.
4. Eat fruits and vegetables at every meal. And yes, indulge occasionally.
5. Give in to some of your guilty pleasures.
6. Eliminate processed foods.
The unhealthy nature of processed foods is well-known, and the first lady made it a top priority to get rid of packaged lunches, canned juices, and other processed foods from her family's diet. Again, it may seem simple, but eliminating these foods will effortlessly reduce your intake of unhealthy fats, sugars, and salt, and may even help banish your cravings.
7. Educate and empower yourself.
Many foods are advertised as healthy but actually do more harm than good. Learn how to read and interpret food labels, think for yourself, and do your own research if you have to. You know your body best, and we're huge advocates of tuning into our gut feelings and intuition to inform a healthy lifestyle.
8. Start healthy traditions.
In one interview, Mrs. Obama reflected on her childhood; her grandmother was a working woman who loved to cook and incorporated at least two vegetables into every meal. Don't underestimate the power of wholesome family traditions; they can really stick! (Spaghetti squash is one of our current faves.)
9. Switch up your workout routine.
10. Don't fear aging.
11. Early to bed, early to rise.
12. Look on the bright side.
Often seen dancing and laughing, our first lady leads by example when it comes to positivity, injecting fun into life, and never taking ourselves too seriously.
While it's quite likely that Michelle Obama's life is pretty different from ours, we can still incorporate a few of these nuggets of wisdom into our daily routine. Thank you, Michelle, for being an inspiration and a driving force in health and wellness!