Michelle Obama: ‘I plan to go into my 60s blazing’

-Jan 16, Hannah Hargrave, Living -

Michelle Obama's book Becoming is an absolute must read for everyone. But expect more from her - she says she intends to live to be over 100!

Michelle Obama is ringing in her 55th birthday and says that she’s already looking forward to her 60s and planning to live to well over 100 years old.

The much loved former First Lady made history by becoming the first black woman to hold the title of FLOTUS in the United States and the youngest since Jackie Kennedy too.

Age is irrelevant to the wife of Barrack Obama, who is hellbent on making the most of absolutely every second of her life.

“You talk about your 30s being good? Your 50s – wooo! Phenomenal,” she said. “I plan to go into my 60s blazing. Blazing! And trying to be as fly and as healthy as I can.”

Taking care of herself is important to Michelle – who could forget those fabulous toned arms? The Obama family trainer Cornell McClellan revealed she would always find time for a workout, even if it was at 4.30am.

But her passion for exercise, whether it be running, cycling or the gym isn’t just fuelled by aesthetics. Michelle famously launched the ‘Let’s Move!’ public health campaign to reduce childhood obesity and she continues to value the importance of a healthy lifestyle for longevity too.

And since she’s got high hopes of making it well into her 100s, investing in her mind and body is vital.

“Remember that 106-year-old woman, Ms. McLaurin, who was dancing with us,” she said of the famous centenarian who fulfilled her lifelong dream of visiting the White House and boogying on down with POTUS and FLOTUS. “I told her, ‘I want to be just like you! 106 and movin’ and groovin’!’”

Even as Michelle was ringing in the big 5-0 she was already looking forward to hitting a bigger milestone.

“I want to be this really fly 80, 90-year-old,” she revealed. 

There is no denying Michelle is a woman who is comfortable in her skin and she’ll be the first to admit it. 

“I have never felt more confident in myself, more clear on who I am as a woman,” she said when asked about being a woman in her 50s.

In fact as she ages she feels even more empowered to share her life experiences to help others.

“I’ve got to keep figuring out ways to have an impact,” the mum-of-two said. “Whether as a mother or as a professional or as a mentor to other kids.”

She insists life is “ever-evolving” and that alone is a reason to be excited. 

Michelle Obama isn’t the only inspiring woman to embrace her age. Find out what Nicole Kidman had to say about turning 50 and why Oprah Winfrey feels blessed to be getting older.

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