Mrs. Obama asks, How do you stay healthy?
Michelle Obama has finally revealed some of her workout secrets.
The first lady skips rope. She does abdominal crunches with a weighted ball. She jumps on and off a bench. It's all part of a White House video. It was released as part of the fifth anniversary celebration of her "Let's Move" initiative. That's a campaign against childhood obesity.
She also chest presses 35-pound dumbbells. She kick-boxes with a heavy bag in the brief video too. It was recorded in the gym in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. That is next door to the White House. The video was blasted out on the first lady's Twitter feed.
Mrs. Obama, 51, has been asking the public to use social media to tell her what five things they do to stay healthy.
Celebrities are helping the first lady promote her "GimmeFive" challenge. She began responding on Twitter to challenges from the public to reveal her five favorite workout songs. She also shared ways her family stays active and strategies to minimize stress. She said meditation is one stress reducer.
The video was Mrs. Obama's answer to President Barack Obama's video of his five healthy things. It was also her response to his challenge to her to do the same.
In his video, the president and Vice President Joe Biden jog along the White House colonnade. The president is shown jogging up the stairs to Air Force One. He also has held walking meetings.
"So that's me. What about you? Give me five FLOTUS-style," Obama says. FLOTUS is the acronym for "first lady of the United States."
At the end of her video, Mrs. Obama plugs a related initiative. It's designed to encourage people to drink more water.
"Don't forget. Always drink up," she says, before sipping from a glass.
Critical thinking challenge: What is the advantage of walking meetings?