Michelle Obama's Exercise Regimen: Cardio, Pilates, Tennis, Zumba

First Lady held a panel discussion on nutrition and exercise for children in Homestead

By Diana Gonzalez
|  Friday, Feb 10, 2012  |  Updated 11:09 PM EDT
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First Lady held a panel discussion on nutrition and exercise for children in Homestead.

First Lady held a panel discussion on nutrition and exercise for children in Homestead.

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Michelle Obama made a stop in South Florida Friday for her "Let's Move!" initiative to fight childhood obesity, telling the audience, "I don't want my girls to grow up thinking sweating is not cute."

The first lady, who held a town hall event at the Homestead YMCA Family Center Friday afternoon, said she works out every day unless she's traveling.

She does cardio, pilates, tennis, and a little kickboxing.

"I did a Zumba class over vacation. That was a lot of fun," she said.

Obama participated in a panel discussion and answered questions with experts from WebMD and the YMCA about how families can implement healthy changes in their daily lives regarding nutrition and exercise.

She assured kids and parents that hamburgers and chicken nuggests aren't completely off-limits, saying that burgers aren't necessarily bad if they are grilled and served on a whole wheat bun. Chicken nuggets are better when they're baked, not fried, she said.

"It's really important to keep your eye on what's happening in the lunchroom," she advised parents of students.

The South Florida trip celebrated the second anniversary of the "Let's Move!" initiative, and is part of a three-day national tour by Obama.

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