The Obama matriarch practically broke the internet on Sunday when she posted a badass picture of herself at the gym.
Although she is no longer the First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama's schedule remains as crazy as ever. The mother-of-two has had her plate full since leaving the White House, publishing and promoting her bestselling memoir Becoming, signing lucrative deals with Netflix and Spotify, in addition to continuing the good work she's been doing for many other causes. However, one thing the 55-year-old has ensured to stay on top of is her health and impeccable physique, which she revealed in a recent Instagram photo that's been giving the internet some major #SelfCareSunday goals.
The Obama matriarch practically broke the internet on Sunday when she posted a badass picture of herself at the gym. Sporting an all-black workout outfit, Michelle is seen lifting an exercise ball while squatting at the gym in the picture and we just can't seem to get our eyes off of her stunning abs. Captioning the image that sent Instagram into a fitness frenzy, she wrote: It doesn’t always feel good in the moment. But after the fact, I’m always glad I hit the gym. How did you all take care of yourself on this #SelfCareSunday? 💪🏾
Michelle has always been vocal about the importance of women and children prioritizing their fitness, even leading a massive White House campaign for child health and fitness during her husband Barack's two terms as the American President. According to PEOPLE, she also spoke on the subject during a conversation at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, saying, "We [as women] have to own our health. It’s one of these things that no one can take from you." The best-selling author spread the same message to her fans while touring across the world for the promotion of her memoir.
During an interview on stage at one of the Becoming tour locations, Michelle explained to her friend and CBS News anchor, Gayle King, why women need to "un-train" when it comes to putting their wellness and fitness on the backseat. "When it comes to our health as women, we are so busy giving and doing for others that we almost feel guilty to take that time out for ourselves. A lot of mothers will understand this because I found myself looking around after I had my kids, and I didn’t have time for me, but my husband was at the gym every day," she said.
Michelle continued, "And I was like, well, how are you going to the gym? He was like, ‘I make time for the gym.’ I was like, what? This was right when we started going to counseling, y’all, so this was one of our issues, you know? But I found myself getting mad at him because he was doing what he needed to do for him. And I think for us as women, many of us, we have a hard time putting ourselves on our own priority list, let alone at the top of it. If we don’t have our act together as women, as mothers, as grandmothers, we aren’t going to be able to get our kids on track."
The former First Lady previously opened up about having given careful thought to health and aging as she turned 50 and how she'd decided to take action. "I make sure that I am up on my checkups. I have never missed a mammogram or a pap smear. I’ve had a colonoscopy. I don’t obsess about what I eat, but I do make sure that I’m eating vegetables and fruit," said Michelle. Speaking of her fitness routine, she revealed that she'd shifted from weights and heavy cardio to "things like yoga that will keep me flexible," adding, "I want to feel good, and I want to be as healthy as I can be because I want to be able to enjoy my 70s and 80s."