Carrie Underwood says she works out ‘to be strong’, no longer focuses on being ‘a certain size’

Carrie Underwood says she works out ‘to be strong’, no longer focuses on being ‘a certain size’

Carrie Underwood says she works out ‘to be strong’, no longer focuses on being ‘a certain size’

Carrie Underwood is all about feeling good about yourself.

The country singer recently opened up about how her mindset towards working out has changed over the years. “I feel like early on in my career I was working harder to be a certain size or fit a certain aesthetic that I thought I wanted to be,” she told People magazine.

Underwood, 39, who began her career after winning “American Idol” when she was 22, added: “And now I feel like I work harder to be strong and have energy and longevity.”

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As a mother of two – she has sons Jacob, 3, and Isaiah, 7 – it’s also important for Underwood to stay in shape because she wants to be in their lives as long as possible and be an active presence as they grow.

“It’s really playing the long game, right?” she said. “I worked out a lot and got frustrated because it wasn’t the results I wanted. I feel like now, at this point in my life, you really learn that it’s a lifestyle, it’s balance. It’s general take care of yourself.”

Underwood says she now works on feeling stronger and having more energy, rather than fitting into a certain size.

Underwood says she now works on feeling stronger and having more energy, rather than fitting into a certain size.
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Underwood noted that she doesn’t necessarily have time to keep up with a regular exercise schedule while she’s at home and in mom mode. One of the perks of being on tour for Underwood is having time to herself to work out and stick to a consistent routine.

“When I’m home, I feel like I’m taking care of it. I’m doing laundry, packing lunch, I’m always cleaning,” she explained. “So when I’m on the road and I’m living on a bus or in a hotel room, I don’t have to do all those things, so that frees up a little bit of time. My schedule is still very organized and there’s all this stuff that I do, but my mornings are a little more flexible.”

The “Cowboy Casanova” singer is gearing up for the second half of her “Denim & Rhinestones” tour, which kicked off in October and is due to end in March. The tour is based on Underwood’s ninth studio album of the same name, which featured the lead-off single “Ghost Story”.

Staying in shape also helps Underwood during his shows. “It’s surprisingly physical being on stage — there’s so much cardio. I’m running around in high heels and honestly writing songs I don’t give myself time to breathe,” she shared.

Underwood explained that staying in shape helps on stage.

Underwood explained that staying in shape helps on stage.
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Underwood trains with her trainer, Eve Overland.

Underwood trains with her trainer, Eve Overland.
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And while she has a solid workout plan for when she’s at home, Underwood said she has to adapt while on the road and figure out what to do without her treadmill, weights, bands and trainer.

“You have to work a lot,” she said. “We have an app called fit52 that I’m happy to have in my pocket on my phone. So can anyone tell me what to do with minimal equipment because it depends on what hotel we’re at or what we have to work on. We just make it happen. when it can happen and how it can happen.”

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The singer said she is much more in tune with her body since she started prioritizing her health over wearing clothes a certain size.

“If I start to feel weird or tired, it’s like, what boxes am I not checking? Am I eating fried food? Am I not drinking enough water?” explained Underwood. “Whatever it is, I can usually identify what I’m missing and try to fix that and bounce back and be able to be my best.”

From left: Underwood recently attended a Loretta Lynn tribute alongside Reba McEntire and Miranda Lambert.

From left: Underwood recently attended a Loretta Lynn tribute alongside Reba McEntire and Miranda Lambert.
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Underwood recently attended a tribute to Loretta Lynn at the 2022 CMA Awards alongside Reba McEntire and Miranda Lambert. The three sang some of Lynn’s biggest hits, including “You Ain’t Woman Enough”, “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin'” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter”.

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The “Before He Cheats” singer first found success after winning “American Idol” in 2005 at the end of the show’s fourth season.

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