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Michelle Obama posted on Instagram about how even she doesn't always love working out.But the famously active former First Lady wrote that she's always glad she hit the gym afterwards, and she considers exercise to be a form of self-care.Earlier this year, Obama spoke about the importance of prioritizing your own health instead of putting everyone else first, particularly for women.Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

Michelle Obama is a huge advocate for living an active lifestyle and she always appears to be strong, fit, and healthy.

However, the author and former First Lady has admitted even she doesn't always love working out.

Obama posted a picture on Instagram of herself in the gym on Sunday wearing a black sports bra, leggings, trainers, and a cap, and performing a lunge while holding a weighted medicine ball above her head.

It doesn't always feel good in the moment, the Becoming author wrote.

But after the fact, I'm always glad I hit the gym.

How did you all take care of yourself on this #SelfCareSunday?

The post has received nearly 1.5 million likes and comments from some of Obama's high profile followers including plus-size model Tess Holliday, actor Sophia Bush, and model Ashley Graham who wrote: OK Michelle Abs, we see you!

American football quarterback Tom Brady simply shared an American football emoji.

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This isn't the first time Obama has spoken about the importance of physical activity — and since turning 50 in 2014, she's changed her training to include less high intensity cardio and resistance work to more yoga and mobility exercises, according to People.

In July this year, she was interviewed by Gayle King at Essence Festival in New Orleans, where she explained that food and diet and lifestyle is very personal.

We have to own our health. It's one of these things that no one can take from you, no matter your race, your socioeconomic background, your educational level, Obama said, as reported by CBS News. 

We all have the ability to own our health, but so many of us don't know how. We don't have the resources, we don't have grocery stores in our communities, our kids aren't living in safe neighborhoods where they can play outside. So much in our lives has changed.

Obama, 55, spoke about how after having children, she felt like she had no time to look after herself, but at the same time her husband Barack would make time to go to the gym.

I found myself getting mad at him because he was doing what he needed to do for him, she said. And I think for us as women, we have a hard time putting ourself on our own priority list, let alone at the top of it.

And that's what happens when it comes to our health as women. We are so busy giving and doing for others that we almost feel guilty to take that time out for ourselves, we are trained that way.

Obama said she believes women have to un-train themselves in order to prioritize their health, even though it's not something that's going to happen over night.

The Obama family on a bike ride in Massachusetts in August 2014.Getty/Pool

When her husband Barack was US President, Michelle launched a campaign aimed at getting kids more active.

One of the reasons I took that issue on is because I saw very early on that we are dealing with an obesity epidemic in our children that will shorten their lives, she told King.

That's a fact. Our children are growing up less healthy than we are which means that their life expectancy will be shorter than us.

I started with kids because my hope was that — sometimes as parents we can do for our kids what we just can't find in us to do for ourselves.

I know as a mother, when it comes to me trying to make sure my kids have the best, I will kill somebody to make sure that my children have what they need.

So starting with young people was a way to ease into the conversation, but it's a challenge that we all face.

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