By Libby Leist, NBC News State Department producer
Anyone who has ever made "getting fit" a goal knows that the excuses not to work out are endless and that finding the time can be a challenge. But, imagine you are the Secretary of State of the United States.
You wake up every morning to face a punishing schedule of back-to-back meetings, lunches, dinners, speeches, ceremonies and phone calls, not to mention more travel than any other member of the President's cabinet and rarely a day off. Sounds insane, right?
Well, the May issue of Fitness Magazine offers a glimpse of how Condoleezza Rice, our 66th Secretary of State, stays fit -- both mentally and physically -- in order to keep up with the demands of her job.
In a series of photos that will be published by the magazine next week, and made available today to Nightly News and MSNBC.com, a sweaty and determined looking Secretary Rice shows off her toned physique and killer moves.
Photos by David Y. Lee for Fitness Magazine
Rice tells the magazine that she does cardio six days a week, works out with a trainer at least once a week and treats herself to a bagel on the weekends -- (yes, time to feel guilty here).
Rice gets up at 4:30 a.m. every day to work out, including on her diplomatic missions overseas, but she says its not always easy, "I'm not an automaton. I don't wakeup every morning thinking, 'Oh yeah, let's go!' I have to push myself just like anybody else."
Rice has been working on her core muscles with her trainer in order to improve her golf game, the magazine reports.
The full article hits newstands on April 8th. Check out the link to Rice's "No Excuses" workout.