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iVillage: Michelle Obama On Exercise and Getting Her Family Moving

Working Out On the Road, Without a Gym

“I bring a jump rope -- a jump rope and some of those rubber bands that you can get. They're really inexpensive. And I can usually do some rope jumping in the hotel room."

"But what people should know is that it just doesn't take much. It doesn't have to be that complicated. I mean, sometimes, if I don't have a rope or if I don't have space, I might do a 30-minute routine that includes a minute of jumping jacks alternating with a minute of pushups, or however many you can do, and then some sit-ups. And you keep doing that circuit again and again, and you'll find that you're going to build up a lot of sweat. You're going to be burning calories. And you're going to be doing it with your own body, even if you're doing squats or doing jump squats or you're doing lunges. If you set up a pattern where you're doing intervals of 30 seconds or a minute or whatever you can do in an interval setting, with a little break that's a workout.”

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