Michelle Obama, White House Portrait

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Michelle Obama turns 50 years old on Friday, Jan. 17, but the First Lady of the United States isn't looking back. Instead, the married mother of two and former lawyer is thinking about her future.

The older she gets, the more Obama feels "a greater sense of calm and certainty and maturity and confidence" about what's next. When the topic of plastic surgery comes up, FLOTUS tells People that she's not ready to turn back the hands of time with—at least not now, anyway.

"Women should have the freedom to do whatever they need to do to feel good about themselves," she says of going under the knife or getting Botox injections. "Right now, I don't imagine that I would go that route, but I've also learned to never say never."

Obama stays in shape by eating healthy and working out. "I don't obsess about what I eat, but I do make sure that I'm eating vegetables and fruit," she says. "And as everyone knows, I do exercise."

The Chicago native adds that she's retooling her workout routine. "I'm seeing myself shift from weight-bearing stuff—even though that continues to be important—and the heavy cardio and running, to things like yoga that will keep me flexible," Obama reveals. She's now focused on improving her balance and flexibility "so that I'm not falling and breaking a hip one day."

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