NEW YORK — Daily workouts at 6 a.m.? Not bad, Paul Ryan. But there’s another influential political figure who’s apparently often finished with hers by then: Michelle Obama.
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Especially during the school year, the first lady gets up at 4:30 a.m. or 5 a.m. to work out before her kids wake up, she told iVillage, the women’s website where she is serving as a guest editor this week, with a theme of “Rev Up Your Back-to-School Routine.”
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“Barack and I work out every day,” the first lady told the site in an interview to appear online this week. “I usually get to the gym before he does. But he is usually there either in the middle of my workout or right at the end. And we’re watching `SportsCenter’ and we’re catching up. That’s why I know so much about sports … and you start having an opinion about (New York Jets quarterbacks Tim) Tebow and Mark Sanchez.”
If she’s on the road, Mrs. Obama often brings a jump rope, she adds. “If I don’t have a rope or space, I might do a 30-minute routine that includes a minute of jumping jacks alternating with a minute of push-ups, then some sit-ups. You take a 30-second break and do it again.”